KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the first two innings of Monday's night game at Kansas City, Casper Wells blasted a three-run homer and banged a two-run triple as he helped the Seattle Mariners to a 7-0 second inning lead on their way to a 9-4 win over the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
In the top of the first inning, Casper got the Mariners off to a great start. With two runners on base and no outs, Casper lined a three-run homer over the left-center field fence to give Seattle a 3-0 advantage.
In the second inning, he came to the plate with runners on first and second base and no outs. He lined a stand-up triple to right centerfield, driving in a pair of runs for a 7-0 lead.
It was the first five-RBI game of his major league career.
"It was just nice from an offensive perspective," said Casper, whose home run set the stage for the biggest first inning on the road by Seattle in more than four years. "Just to get that going. It was just pretty comforting to get that start right away."
The sweltering game-time temperature of 95 degrees may have played a role in the way some balls were flying off Seattle bats. So did Royals starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, whose seasonlong struggles took a turn toward the putrid in a 50-pitch outing that saw him notch only four outs.
As for Wells, he continues to thrive as the Mariners get him into the lineup on a daily basis.
"It's allowed me to have a consistent approach, not do too much at the plate and be a little more relaxed," Wells said. "Just knowing that you'll get a chance to play, righties and lefties alike. I think it just made me really dial in to having a consistent mindset, a consistent approach at the plate. As opposed to before, when I was just playing against lefties."
Casper, who batted third for the Mariners on Monday night, has played in 11 straight games. He is hitting .269 with five home runs and 22 runs batted in.