Mariners’ streak still on; Mer­ri­field’s over for K.C.

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL - N E WS W IR E SERV ICE S

Daniel Vo­gel­bach home­red in the top of the 10th in­ning to lift the Seat­tle Mariners to a 7-6 vic­tory over the host Kansas City Roy­als on Thurs­day.

The Roy­als led 6-4 and were within one out of snap­ping their nine-game los­ing streak, but Mitch Haniger tripled off the wall in cen­ter to drive in the ty­ing runs.

Kansas City not only lost its 10th straight, it may have lost cen­ter fielder Billy Hamil­ton to an in­jury. He col­lided with the wall on Haniger’s triple and left the field on a cart.

The Roy­als’ los­ing streak goes on, but Whit Mer­ri­field’s fran­chise-record hit­ting streak was snapped at 31 games af­ter an 0-for-6 day.

Bran­don Bren­nan (1-0) pitched the ninth for his first ca­reer win for Seat­tle. Connor Sadzeck picked up his first ca­reer save. Glenn Spark­man (0-1) took the loss for Kansas City.

When Dee Gor­don home­red off starter Jorge Lopez in the sixth, the Mariners set the major league record with a home run in each of their first 15 games, sur­pass­ing the 2002 Cleve­land In­di­ans. Their 36 home runs through 15 games are tied with the 2000 St. Louis Car­di­nals for the most in base­ball history. They’ve scored at least five runs in 14 of 15 games.

For the sec­ond straight game, the Roy­als got home runs from Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler.

Dozier led off the sec­ond with a home run into the foun­tains in left cen­ter that trav­eled 411 feet.

In the third, Alex Gor­don ripped a two-out dou­ble down the left-field line be­fore Soler launched a 424-foot blast to right cen­ter.

The 3-0 lead was the largest lead for the Roy­als since they led 6-3 in the fifth in­ning against the Min­nesota Twins on April 3. They lost that game 7-6.

Lopez cruised through his first five in­nings for the Roy­als, al­low­ing just two baserun­ners on a sin­gle in the fourth and a walk in the fifth. He gave up two runs on three hits through six, but walked away with a no-de­ci­sion.

Adal­berto Mon­desi pulled a 414-foot shot into the right-field bullpen lead­ing off the bot­tom of the fifth to give the Roy­als a 4-0 lead.

Dee Gor­don led off the sixth with his home run. Mallex Smith fol­lowed with a triple and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Haniger.

The Mariners trimmed the lead to one when Gor­don tripled off the glove of cen­ter fielder Ter­rance Gore, scor­ing Ryon Healy who had dou­bled.

Erik Swan­son pitched the sev­enth for the Mariners, making his major league de­but. He al­lowed two runs on three hits. Alex Gor­don and Soler had back-to-back one-out dou­bles, giv­ing the Roy­als a two-run cush­ion. Dozier drove in Soler with a sin­gle, giv­ing him the first three-hit game of his ca­reer.

The Mariners got a run in the eighth with three straight hits, but a 3-6-1 dou­ble play got the Roy­als out of the jam with no more dam­age.

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Dee Gor­don of the Mariners made history Thurs­day with his home run. It marked the 15th straight game the Mariners hit a homer, an MLB record.

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