Haniger HR lifts M's, Merrifield sets KC hit-streak mark

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Even baseball's hottest hitter can't keep pace with the Seattle Mariners right now.

Mitch Haniger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Mariners over the Royals 6-5 Wednesday night after Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to a Kansas City-record 31 games.

Merrifield's RBI bunt single in the seventh tied it at 5 and moved him past Hall of Famer George Brett for the Royals mark.

That pumped up the home crowd, but Haniger deflated it two innings later when he took Brad Boxberger (0-2) deep, lifting Seattle to 12-2 following an offseason roster overhaul.

''It was a nice team win,'' manager Scott Servais said.

The Mariners and the 2002 Cleveland Indians are the only teams since 1908 to homer in each of their first 14 games. The Mariners have 34 homers, tied with the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals for most ever through 14 games. Seattle has scored at least five runs 13 times.

Haniger struck out in his two at-bats previous to the homer.

''Every at-bat I'm trying to swing at good pitches and hit the ball hard,'' he said. ''I hadn't had great at-bats leading up to that earlier. I stayed confident that my time would come and I'd get a good pitch, and I put a good swing on it.''

Anthony Swarzak (1-0) got two outs in the eighth, and Roenis Elias worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his second save.

Seattle's Jay Bruce, tied for the AL homer lead with seven, left the game in the fourth inning with tightness in his left Achilles tendon.

Kansas City dropped to 2-9 with its ninth straight loss.

Merrifield bunted with Terrance Gore on third in the seventh. He placed the ball perfectly up the third-base line and tipped his cap to a cheering crowd after reaching first without a throw.

''I used to bunt a lot when I was young,'' Merrifield said. ''I couldn't drive the ball. Those young years paid off.''

Gore made his first major league start and had three hits in the game after entering with two hits over six major league seasons. His two-out double helped Kansas City threaten in the ninth, but after Merrifield was walked intentionally and Billy Hamilton drew a free pass, Adalberto Mondesi popped up to end it.

''It put some pressure on us, but I thought we were in good shape,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''Gore got the big double, but Elias has done a great job for us all year with all the roles we've used him in. I didn't know how much he was going to be available. But then we got the lead and he did a great job.

''They made some great defensive plays against us. Gore saved a bunch of runs for them, and Merrifield made a nice catch out there. We hit the ball hard but they played great defense.''

Yusei Kikuchi gave up three runs and five hits through six innings for Seattle. He retired the last 10 batters he faced after allowing the second of two home runs.

Jorge Soler hit a 454-foot home run in the third. Hunter Dozier also took Kikuchi deep.

LONG TIME COMING

Gore was part of the Royals' back-to-back AL championships in 2014 and 2015 but usually as a pinch-runner. He has appeared in 67 games but had only 20 plate appearances. He got his first major league hit last season with the Chicago Cubs. He got his first hit with the Royals earlier this season.

''I don't want to pigeon-hole him as a baserunner,'' manager Ned Yost said. ''I've watched him work his tail off - Alex Gordon-type work. I watch him take batting practice every day. He's gotten stronger. His swing's gotten better. As long as he's working hard, I want to provide opportunity for him.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS Tim Beckham returned to the lineup after missing two games with a tight right hamstring.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Mike Leake (2-0, 2.92 ERA) will get the start for the Mariners in the final game of the four-game series. He'll face Royals RHP Jorge Lopez (0-1, 4.09 ERA).

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SEA12-2
1022000016111
KC2-9
1110002005100
  • W: A. Swarzak (1-0)L: B. Boxberger (0-2)S: R. Elias (2)
  • HR: SEA - M. Haniger (3), KC - J. Soler (2), H. Dozier (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF41220010.244.347.366.7137.5
M. Haniger RF42111123.254.318.492.8107.0
J. Bruce LF11100100.204.298.673.9724.0
a- D. Santana PH-LF30100003.345.424.6031.0281.0
E. Encarnacion 1B40220011.333.453.6191.0723.5
D. Vogelbach DH40010003.423.5291.1541.6831.0
T. Beckham SS40100011.386.471.7731.2432.5
O. Narvaez C31100111.277.306.426.7322.5
R. Healy 3B41100022.286.323.589.9121.0
D. Gordon 2B40100001.333.346.354.7001.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Bruce in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield RF40110101.340.380.532.9124.0
B. Hamilton CF40000100.237.286.237.5231.0
A. Mondesi SS41200113.304.313.587.8996.5
J. Soler DH41221021.233.283.465.7487.0
F. Schwindel 1B30000001.067.067.067.1330.0
a- R. O'Hearn PH-1B00000100.240.387.400.7871.0
C. Owings 2B41100022.158.200.263.4632.0
H. Dozier 3B41111001.129.222.323.5456.0
C. Gallagher C40000001.143.143.143.2860.0
T. Gore LF41310000.800.8001.4002.20012.0
  • a-was walked intentionally for Schwindel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bruce (2)
  • HR - M. Haniger (3)
  • SF - E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach
  • RBI - M. Smith 2 (5), M. Haniger (10), E. Encarnacion 2 (11), D. Vogelbach (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (7), E. Encarnacion (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach 3 (3), T. Beckham, R. Healy, D. Gordon
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Owings (2), T. Gore
  • 3B - T. Gore
  • HR - J. Soler (2), H. Dozier (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (5), J. Soler 2 (9), H. Dozier (4), T. Gore
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (2), J. Soler 2 (3), T. Gore
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Mondesi 3 (3), F. Schwindel, C. Owings 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (5), T. Beckham
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Merrifield (4), A. Mondesi 2 (3), T. Gore 2 (3)
  • CS - W. Merrifield (2), A. Mondesi
FIELDING
  • E - D. Santana (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Owings-Schwindel)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Kikuchi6.05331324.151.0613.5
M. Festa (BS, 1)0.23220006.431.86-5.0
Z. Rosscup0.21000002.082.77-1.0
A. Swarzak (W, 1-0)0.20001200.000.607.0
R. Elias (S, 2)1.01002001.860.837.0
PITCHERSIP
Y. Kikuchi6.0
M. Festa (BS, 1)0.2
Z. Rosscup0.2
A. Swarzak (W, 1-0)0.2
R. Elias (S, 2)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Fillmyer3.065522015.002.67-3.0
S. Barlow2.01000103.601.605.5
I. Kennedy2.01000201.501.006.0
J. Diekman1.00001204.760.883.0
B. Boxberger (L, 0-2)1.03110118.441.88-5.5
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Swarzak, R. Elias
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 80-52, M. Festa 14-11, Z. Rosscup 5-3, A. Swarzak 8-6, R. Elias 22-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-7, M. Festa 1-1, Z. Rosscup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 23, M. Festa 5, Z. Rosscup 2, A. Swarzak 3, R. Elias 6
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Fillmyer
  • HBP - H. Fillmyer
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 75-41, S. Barlow 20-13, I. Kennedy 34-19, J. Diekman 26-17, B. Boxberger 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-4, S. Barlow 3-1, I. Kennedy 2-2, B. Boxberger 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 18, S. Barlow 6, I. Kennedy 7, J. Diekman 4, B. Boxberger 6
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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SEA12-2
1022000016111
KC2-9
1110002005100
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF41220010.244.347.366.7137.5
M. Haniger RF42111123.254.318.492.8107.0
J. Bruce LF11100100.204.298.673.9724.0
a- D. Santana PH-LF30100003.345.424.6031.0281.0
E. Encarnacion 1B40220011.333.453.6191.0723.5
D. Vogelbach DH40010003.423.5291.1541.6831.0
T. Beckham SS40100011.386.471.7731.2432.5
O. Narvaez C31100111.277.306.426.7322.5
R. Healy 3B41100022.286.323.589.9121.0
D. Gordon 2B40100001.333.346.354.7001.0
Total35611613815-----
  • a-grounded into a double play for Bruce in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield RF40110101.340.380.532.9124.0
B. Hamilton CF40000100.237.286.237.5231.0
A. Mondesi SS41200113.304.313.587.8996.5
J. Soler DH41221021.233.283.465.7487.0
F. Schwindel 1B30000001.067.067.067.1330.0
a- R. O'Hearn PH-1B00000100.240.387.400.7871.0
C. Owings 2B41100022.158.200.263.4632.0
H. Dozier 3B41111001.129.222.323.5456.0
C. Gallagher C40000001.143.143.143.2860.0
T. Gore LF41310000.800.8001.4002.20012.0
Total35510524510-----
  • a-was walked intentionally for Schwindel in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bruce (2)
  • HR - M. Haniger (3)
  • SF - E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach
  • RBI - M. Smith 2 (5), M. Haniger (10), E. Encarnacion 2 (11), D. Vogelbach (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (7), E. Encarnacion (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Encarnacion, D. Vogelbach 3 (3), T. Beckham, R. Healy, D. Gordon
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Owings (2), T. Gore
  • 3B - T. Gore
  • HR - J. Soler (2), H. Dozier (2)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (5), J. Soler 2 (9), H. Dozier (4), T. Gore
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield (2), J. Soler 2 (3), T. Gore
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield, A. Mondesi 3 (3), F. Schwindel, C. Owings 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Smith (5), T. Beckham
BASERUNNING
  • SB - W. Merrifield (4), A. Mondesi 2 (3), T. Gore 2 (3)
  • CS - W. Merrifield (2), A. Mondesi
FIELDING
  • E - D. Santana (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Dozier-Owings-Schwindel)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Y. Kikuchi6.05331324.151.0613.5
M. Festa (BS, 1)0.23220006.431.86-5.0
Z. Rosscup0.21000002.082.77-1.0
A. Swarzak (W, 1-0)0.20001200.000.607.0
R. Elias (S, 2)1.01002001.860.837.0
Total9.01055452---
PITCHERSIP
Y. Kikuchi6.0
M. Festa (BS, 1)0.2
Z. Rosscup0.2
A. Swarzak (W, 1-0)0.2
R. Elias (S, 2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
H. Fillmyer3.065522015.002.67-3.0
S. Barlow2.01000103.601.605.5
I. Kennedy2.01000201.501.006.0
J. Diekman1.00001204.760.883.0
B. Boxberger (L, 0-2)1.03110118.441.88-5.5
Total9.01166381---
PITCHERSIP
H. Fillmyer3.0
S. Barlow2.0
I. Kennedy2.0
J. Diekman1.0
B. Boxberger (L, 0-2)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - A. Swarzak, R. Elias
  • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 80-52, M. Festa 14-11, Z. Rosscup 5-3, A. Swarzak 8-6, R. Elias 22-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 7-7, M. Festa 1-1, Z. Rosscup 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 23, M. Festa 5, Z. Rosscup 2, A. Swarzak 3, R. Elias 6
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Fillmyer
  • HBP - H. Fillmyer
  • Pitches-Strikes - H. Fillmyer 75-41, S. Barlow 20-13, I. Kennedy 34-19, J. Diekman 26-17, B. Boxberger 21-16
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Fillmyer 3-4, S. Barlow 3-1, I. Kennedy 2-2, B. Boxberger 1-1
  • Batters Faced - H. Fillmyer 18, S. Barlow 6, I. Kennedy 7, J. Diekman 4, B. Boxberger 6
  • 9TH INNING
    Haniger homered to right65
  • 7TH INNING
    Merrifield reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gore scored55
    Gore tripled to right center, Owings scored54
  • 4TH INNING
    Smith singled to left, Narvaez and Healy scored, Gordon to second53
  • 3RD INNING
    Soler homered to left center33
    Vogelbach hit sacrifice fly to right, Haniger scored32
    Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to left, Smith scored22
  • 2ND INNING
    Dozier homered to left12
  • 1ST INNING
    Soler singled to left, Mondesi scored11
    Encarnacion singled to left center, Bruce scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Brad Boxberger relieved Jake Diekman
    • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon popped out to shortstop
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
    • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Haniger homered to right
    • D. Santana: Santana singled to left center
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to center, Santana to second
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Vogelbach grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Roenis Elias relieved Anthony Swarzak
    • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep center
    • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher lined out to left
    • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gore doubled to deep left
    • W. Merrifield: Merrifield intentionally walked
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Gore stole third Merrifield stole second,, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hamilton walked
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mondesi popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jake Diekman relieved Ian Kennedy
    • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vogelbach lined out to right
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Narvaez walked
    • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Healy struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Rosscup Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Mondesi: Mondesi singled to left center, Mondesi to second on left fielder Santana fielding error
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Zac Rosscup
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
    • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Frank Schwindel
    • R. O'Hearn: O'Hearn intentionally walked
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Owings struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 7TH INNING
    • I. Kennedy Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Smith singled to center
    • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Smith stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to third, Smith to third
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matthew Festa relieved Yusei Kikuchi
    • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Owings doubled to deep left
    • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Gallagher: Strike looking, Gallagher flied out to left
    • T. Gore: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gore tripled to right center, Owings scored
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield reached on bunt single to shortstop, Gore scored
    • Zac Rosscup relieved Matthew Festa
    • B. Hamilton: Merrifield picked off at second, pitcher to first to second
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Ian Kennedy relieved Scott Barlow
    • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Narvaez flied out to center
    • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Healy grounded out to third
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • A. Mondesi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mondesi struck out swinging
    • J. Soler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
    • F. Schwindel: Schwindel grounded out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Barlow Pitching:
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach grounded out to first
    • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Beckham flied out to center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • T. Gore: Strike looking, Ball, Gore grounded out to third
    • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Ball, Hamilton popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez singled to shallow right
    • R. Healy: Foul, Healy singled to center, Narvaez to second
    • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to center, Narvaez to third, Healy to second
    • Scott Barlow relieved Heath Fillmyer
    • M. Smith: Ball, Smith singled to left, Narvaez and Healy scored, Gordon to second
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
    • Domingo Santana hit for Jay Bruce
    • D. Santana: Santana grounded out to second, Smith out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Owings grounded out to third
    • H. Dozier: Dozier flied out to deep right
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gallagher grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Smith hit by pitch
    • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked, Smith to second
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked, Smith to third, Haniger to second
    • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to left, Smith scored
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vogelbach hit sacrifice fly to right, Haniger scored
    • T. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beckham grounded into fielder's choice to third, Bruce out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Hamilton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mondesi walked
    • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Mondesi caught stealing third, catcher to third, Ball, Soler homered to left center
    • F. Schwindel: Strike looking, Ball, Schwindel popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • T. Beckham: Ball, Beckham singled to left
    • O. Narvaez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging, Beckham stole second
    • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Healy struck out looking
    • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • C. Owings: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
    • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier homered to left
    • C. Gallagher: Gallagher grounded out to third
    • T. Gore: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gore singled to shallow left
    • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Gore stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • H. Fillmyer Pitching:
    • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith lined out to left
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Haniger flied out to left
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce doubled to deep right
    • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion singled to left center, Bruce scored
    • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
    • B. Hamilton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hamilton flied out to shallow right
    • A. Mondesi: Ball, Strike looking, Mondesi singled to right
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Mondesi stole second, Ball, Soler singled to left, Mondesi scored
    • F. Schwindel: Schwindel flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)