M's now 13-2 after topping Royals in 10; Cards sweep Dodgers

Whit Merrifield extends hitting streak on RBI bunt to break George Brett’s Royals record

Whit Merrifield extends hitting streak on RBI bunt to break George Brett’s Royals record

Second baseman Dee Gordon, with a sixth-inning blast on Thursday, pushed the Seattle Mariners into the record books for the longest season-opening home run streak in Major League Baseball history.

The Mariners swept the four-game series with the Royals (2-10), who have lost 10 consecutive games.

In the seventh inning against the Mariners (GameTracker), professional pest Whit Merrifield beat out a squeeze bunt that not only tied the game, but also extended his hitting streak to 31 games.

Merrifield's streak is the 11th hitting streak of at least 30 games since the turn of the century.

But the Mariners have some impressive streaks of their own.

The 2002 Cleveland Indians (14 games) are the only team since 1908 to open the season with more games with home runs.

Mitch Haniger's triple to centerfield in the top of the ninth inning brought two runners around to score and tie it up at 6-6. Gordon led off the sixth inning with a home run down the right-field line at Kauffman Stadium, where he served as a bat boy as a youth when his father, Tom, pitched for the Royals.

Speedy Billy Hamilton scored from second base on a sacrifice fly when Mallex Smith fell down in deep center catching Mondesi's drive, making it 2-all in the third.

Gordon had a two-run single in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.

Indians starter Shane Bieber tossed seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts in Cleveland's 4-0 win over the Tigers. Richard Lovelady, the Royals' fourth pitcher of the night, pitched a flawless eighth inning in his major league debut.

Notícias recomendadas

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.