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Mariners break new HR record to start season

Mariners break new HR record to start season”

Second baseman Dee Gordon, who combined for just six home runs over the past two seasons, uncorked a solo home run to right field to give Seattle the new Major League Baseball record for a home run in 15 consecutive games to open up a season.

The Mariners finished 44-37 in road games in 2018. The Royals lost their eighth in a row.

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 began on September 10 last season.

But the Mariners have some impressive streaks of their own.

The historic homer came from an unlikely source, No. 9 hitter Dee Gordon, who has 16 HRs in his nine-year career. The 2002 Cleveland Indians (14 games) are the only team since 1908 to open the season with more games with home runs. Seattle hit 176 total home runs and averaged 8.7 hits per game last season.

Jorge Lopez pitched six strong innings, allowing two runs on three hits, and the Royals hit three homers off Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (2-1). Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities.



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