PEORIA, Ariz. -- An early start time didn't slow the Royals, as catcher Salvador Perez led an offensive onslaught against several of the Mariners' new pitching acquisitions in a 14-3 runaway on Monday at Peoria Stadium that was called after seven innings.
With rain in the afternoon forecast, the contest was moved up one hour, but that didn't help Mariners pitchers as the Royals ripped three homers and scored 11 runs in the first three innings.
Perez cranked out four RBIs with a homer and a double, while Paulo Orlando and Peter O'Brien also went deep. Perez now has eight RBIs in two Cactus League games. Left-hander Jason Vargas allowed four hits and three runs in two innings in his spring debut for the Royals.
"You want to be able to put yourself in situations that you're going to encounter during the season," Vargas said. "You either learn from things that happened or be able to put positive thoughts in your mind and into your memory bank."
Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo, acquired from the Orioles to bolster the rotation, allowed four runs on three hits, two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch in a rough first frame. Lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski, the club's primary free-agent signee, didn't fare any better as he gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits with two home runs in the third.
"I'm glad we moved [the start time] up," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "Our guys got their pitches in. There were not a lot of great pitches made today early in the game, but it is early. Just one of those days."
Shortstop Jean Segura, the Mariners' biggest offseason addition, went 3-for-3 with a home run and a double, but Seattle suffered its first Cactus League loss after topping the Padres twice.
Up next for Royals: Watch live on MLB.TV or listen on Gameday Audio as left-hander Danny Duffy, probably the Royals' Opening Day starter, makes his first Cactus League start on Tuesday in Maryvale against the Brewers at 2:05 p.m. CT. It likely will be Duffy's only start before leaving to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic this weekend.