Merrifield's remarkable hitting streak ends at 31 games

AP News Staff
April 12, 2019 - 6:36 am

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Whit Merrifield went 0 for 5 as the Kansas City Royals lost to the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Thursday. Merrifield's hitting streak ended at 31 games, the longest in team history. He had not gone hitless since Sept. 9. 

The Mariners became the first major league team to homer in each of its first 15 games when Dee Gordon connected in the sixth inning.

Seattle improved the best record in the major leagues to 13-2, completing a four-game sweep and extending its winning streak to six. The Mariners became just the third team since 1987 to open with at least 13 wins in the first 15 games after Milwaukee (14-1 in 1987) and Boston (13-2 last year).

Kansas City has lost 10 straight games, has the poorest record in the big leagues at 2-10 and is off to its worst 12-game start since 2006. The Royals failed to preserve leads of 4-0 in the sixth and 6-4 with two outs in the ninth.

Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton was carted off with a knee injury after failing to grab Mitch Haniger's tying, two-run triple in the ninth.

Merrifield's hitting streak is tied for the 26th longest in Major League history and is the longest streak among active players.

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