Mariners hand KC 8th straight L; Merrifield hit streak at 30

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Dee Gordon helped Seattle with his bat and his glove.

The Mariners are rolling along quite nicely at the moment.

Gordon got three hits and drove in two runs as high-scoring Seattle extended baseball's best record with a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Jay Bruce hit his AL-leading seventh homer in the first inning, extending the Mariners' string to 13 games at the start of the season with at least one home run, matching the Detroit Tigers in 2017. The 2002 Cleveland Indians (14 games) are the only team since 1908 to open the season with more games with home runs.

Seattle also matched the 2000 St. Louis Cardinals with the most home runs (33) through their first 13 games.

''Our lineup, top to bottom, has been really good,'' manager Scott Servais said. ''We had the one home run early, and I say `just one home run' because we're used to more. We were able to tack on some runs late which was really helpful.''

The Mariners improved to 11-2 and have scored at least five runs in 12 of those games. The Royals lost their eighth in a row.

Gordon singled and scored on Bruce's grounder in the third. He hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fourth and singled again in the sixth.

Gordon also made a couple of nice plays in the field. He said he is happy to be spending more time at second base after playing four different positions last season.

''I like playing second base,'' he said. ''That's my job. We're not always going to score a bunch of runs. We're going to have some real close contests and you've got to play defense.''

Kansas City manager Ned Yost said Gordon was the difference for Seattle.

''Four times we had opportunities there that were just right there,'' he said. ''All four, Dee Gordon. We just hit them right to where he could just barely get enough reach on them.''

Whit Merrifield extended his hitting streak to 30 games, tying a Royals record set by George Brett in 1980. He led off the bottom of the first with an opposite-field triple to stretch a streak that began last Sept. 10 and included the final 20 games of the season.

''There's a lot of genuine happiness and joy for me, which was special to share that moment with these guys,'' Merrifield said. ''But, it's special to do something that one of the greatest of all time has done. My eye's not on George's record. We've got more games to go.''

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

Marco Gonzales (4-0) gave up two earned runs in six-plus innings. Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities.

Jakob Junis (1-1) allowed four runs in four innings. Richard Lovelady, the Royals' fourth pitcher, tossed a perfect eighth inning in his major league debut.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: INF Tim Beckham remained out of the starting lineup with tightness in his right hamstring. He tweaked it in the Mariners' 12-5 victory over the White Sox on Sunday. Servais said the decision to hold out Beckham was by the training staff. ''Beckham feels better today,'' he said. ''He could probably go out there and start the ballgame tonight.''

Royals: LHPs Danny Duffy and Brian Flynn remain on the 10-day injured list with arm issues. Yost said they're ''doing fine'' in their rehabs but wouldn't elaborate further.

ROSTER NEWS

The Mariners placed right-hander Chasen Bradford was placed on the 10-day IL with shoulder inflammation.

''We've used him a lot early,'' Servais said. ''He's kind of our go-to guy. You know what you're going to get when Chasen goes out there. He's been very effective. We got a couple of innings out of him last night. He came in after the game and said he felt a little sore, tight.''

He was replaced on the roster by right-hander Erik Swanson, who is looking for his major league debut.

The Royals promoted right-hander Heath Fillmyer and Lovelady from Triple-A Omaha. Right-hander Kevin McCarthy and lefty Tim Hill were optioned to Omaha.

UP NEXT

Mariners: LHP Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, 4.02 ERA) will get the start in the second game of the four-game series.

Royals: Fillmyer will make his 2019 debut for the Royals.

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SEA11-2
1012002006151
KC2-8
101000100380
  • W: M. Gonzales (4-0)L: J. Junis (1-1)S: A. Swarzak (2)
  • HR: SEA - J. Bruce (7)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF50000023.216.318.351.670-1.0
D. Santana LF50200011.345.429.6181.0471.5
J. Bruce RF51121013.188.273.646.9196.5
E. Encarnacion 1B41100100.316.458.6321.0903.0
D. Vogelbach DH51300022.500.6211.3641.9845.0
M. Haniger PR-DH00000000.255.311.455.7660.0
R. Healy 3B41210012.288.328.615.9434.5
O. Narvaez C51200013.273.289.432.7213.5
D. Moore SS40110023.190.320.333.6531.0
D. Gordon 2B41320012.341.354.364.7187.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield RF51200003.349.378.558.9365.0
    A. Mondesi SS40220002.286.279.595.8745.0
    A. Gordon LF40200003.313.442.531.9733.0
    J. Soler DH40000012.205.262.385.647-0.5
    F. Schwindel 1B30000000.083.083.083.1670.0
    a- R. O'Hearn PH-1B00000100.240.367.400.7671.0
    H. Dozier 3B40000022.111.219.222.441-1.0
    C. Owings 2B41200012.147.194.235.4305.5
    M. Maldonado C20000111.194.242.226.4680.5
    b- L. Duda PH10000000.143.143.214.3570.0
    B. Hamilton CF21010110.265.297.265.5622.5
    • a-walked for Schwindel in the 8th
    • b-flied out for Maldonado in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Vogelbach 2 (4), R. Healy (8), O. Narvaez
    • HR - J. Bruce (7)
    • SF - R. Healy (2)
    • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (13), R. Healy (12), D. Moore (2), D. Gordon 2 (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce, D. Moore (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, J. Bruce 2 (2), D. Vogelbach 2 (2), O. Narvaez 2 (2), D. Moore, D. Gordon 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Mondesi (4), A. Gordon, C. Owings
    • 3B - W. Merrifield (2)
    • SF - A. Mondesi, B. Hamilton
    • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (8), B. Hamilton
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 2 (2), A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, C. Owings 2 (2), M. Maldonado
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Gordon (6)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Owings (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gordon-Moore-Encarnacion)
    • E - D. Santana (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Gonzales (W, 4-0)6.06322503.161.2120.5
    B. Brennan (H, 2)2.01001000.000.814.0
    A. Swarzak (S, 2)1.01000100.000.389.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Gonzales (W, 4-0)6.0
    B. Brennan (H, 2)2.0
    A. Swarzak (S, 2)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Junis (L, 1-1)4.08441615.741.60-3.0
    G. Sparkman2.26220106.752.25-1.5
    J. Diekman0.10000105.790.860.5
    R. Lovelady1.00000200.000.004.0
    W. Peralta1.010001011.252.002.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Junis (L, 1-1)4.0
    G. Sparkman2.2
    J. Diekman0.1
    R. Lovelady1.0
    W. Peralta1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Brennan (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 97-68, B. Brennan 29-17, A. Swarzak 11-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-7, B. Brennan 4-2, A. Swarzak 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 26, B. Brennan 8, A. Swarzak 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-62, G. Sparkman 44-29, J. Diekman 4-3, R. Lovelady 13-9, W. Peralta 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-3, G. Sparkman 3-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Junis 21, G. Sparkman 14, J. Diekman, R. Lovelady 3, W. Peralta 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SEA11-2
    1012002006151
    KC2-8
    101000100380
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith CF50000023.216.318.351.670-1.0
    D. Santana LF50200011.345.429.6181.0471.5
    J. Bruce RF51121013.188.273.646.9196.5
    E. Encarnacion 1B41100100.316.458.6321.0903.0
    D. Vogelbach DH51300022.500.6211.3641.9845.0
    M. Haniger PR-DH00000000.255.311.455.7660.0
    R. Healy 3B41210012.288.328.615.9434.5
    O. Narvaez C51200013.273.289.432.7213.5
    D. Moore SS40110023.190.320.333.6531.0
    D. Gordon 2B41320012.341.354.364.7187.5
    Total416156111119-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield RF51200003.349.378.558.9365.0
      A. Mondesi SS40220002.286.279.595.8745.0
      A. Gordon LF40200003.313.442.531.9733.0
      J. Soler DH40000012.205.262.385.647-0.5
      F. Schwindel 1B30000000.083.083.083.1670.0
      a- R. O'Hearn PH-1B00000100.240.367.400.7671.0
      H. Dozier 3B40000022.111.219.222.441-1.0
      C. Owings 2B41200012.147.194.235.4305.5
      M. Maldonado C20000111.194.242.226.4680.5
      b- L. Duda PH10000000.143.143.214.3570.0
      B. Hamilton CF21010110.265.297.265.5622.5
      Total3338303615-----
      • a-walked for Schwindel in the 8th
      • b-flied out for Maldonado in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Vogelbach 2 (4), R. Healy (8), O. Narvaez
      • HR - J. Bruce (7)
      • SF - R. Healy (2)
      • RBI - J. Bruce 2 (13), R. Healy (12), D. Moore (2), D. Gordon 2 (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce, D. Moore (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, J. Bruce 2 (2), D. Vogelbach 2 (2), O. Narvaez 2 (2), D. Moore, D. Gordon 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Mondesi (4), A. Gordon, C. Owings
      • 3B - W. Merrifield (2)
      • SF - A. Mondesi, B. Hamilton
      • RBI - A. Mondesi 2 (8), B. Hamilton
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Mondesi 2 (2), A. Gordon 2 (2), J. Soler, C. Owings 2 (2), M. Maldonado
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gordon (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Owings (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gordon-Moore-Encarnacion)
      • E - D. Santana (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Gonzales (W, 4-0)6.06322503.161.2120.5
      B. Brennan (H, 2)2.01001000.000.814.0
      A. Swarzak (S, 2)1.01000100.000.389.5
      Total9.0832360---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Gonzales (W, 4-0)6.0
      B. Brennan (H, 2)2.0
      A. Swarzak (S, 2)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 1-1)4.08441615.741.60-3.0
      G. Sparkman2.26220106.752.25-1.5
      J. Diekman0.10000105.790.860.5
      R. Lovelady1.00000200.000.004.0
      W. Peralta1.010001011.252.002.5
      Total9.015661111---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 1-1)4.0
      G. Sparkman2.2
      J. Diekman0.1
      R. Lovelady1.0
      W. Peralta1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Brennan (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Gonzales 97-68, B. Brennan 29-17, A. Swarzak 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Gonzales 6-7, B. Brennan 4-2, A. Swarzak 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Gonzales 26, B. Brennan 8, A. Swarzak 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 94-62, G. Sparkman 44-29, J. Diekman 4-3, R. Lovelady 13-9, W. Peralta 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 3-3, G. Sparkman 3-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 21, G. Sparkman 14, J. Diekman, R. Lovelady 3, W. Peralta 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to center, Owings scored63
        Moore singled to right, Vogelbach scored, Narvaez to third62
        Healy hit sacrifice fly to right, Encarnacion scored52
      • 4TH INNING
        Gordon singled to right, Healy and Narvaez scored42
      • 3RD INNING
        Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to center, Hamilton scored22
        Bruce grounded out to second, Gordon scored, Santana to third21
      • 1ST INNING
        Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop, Merrifield scored11
        Bruce homered to left10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Wily Peralta relieved Richard Lovelady
        • E. Encarnacion: Foul, Foul, Encarnacion flied out to center
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Vogelbach doubled to deep right
        • R. Healy: Strike looking
        • Healy flied out to center
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Anthony Swarzak relieved Brandon Brennan
        • Lucas Duda hit for Martin Maldonado
        • L. Duda: Ball, Duda flied out to center
        • B. Hamilton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Hamilton struck out on foul tip
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to right
        • A. Mondesi: Foul, Mondesi grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Richard Lovelady relieved Jake Diekman
        • M. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
        • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Bruce lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Brennan Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to center
        • J. Soler: Foul, Soler reached on fielder's choice to third, Gordon out at second
        • Ryan O'Hearn hit for Frank Schwindel
        • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, O'Hearn walked, Soler to second
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier reached on fielder's choice to second, Soler to third, O'Hearn out at second
        • C. Owings: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Owings lined out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to center
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Encarnacion singled to right
        • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach singled to deep right center, Encarnacion to third
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Healy hit sacrifice fly to right, Encarnacion scored
        • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Narvaez singled to right, Vogelbach to third
        • D. Moore: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moore singled to right, Vogelbach scored, Narvaez to third
        • Jake Diekman relieved Glenn Sparkman
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • C. Owings: Strike looking, Owings doubled to left
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Owings stole third, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maldonado walked
        • Brandon Brennan relieved Marco Gonzales
        • B. Hamilton: Foul, Ball, Hamilton hit sacrifice fly to center, Owings scored
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to second, Maldonado out at second
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Mondesi grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Sparkman Pitching:
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moore grounded out to third
        • D. Gordon: Gordon reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • M. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Smith grounded out to pitcher, Gordon to second
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana popped out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Soler grounded out to third
        • F. Schwindel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Schwindel flied out to center
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Glenn Sparkman relieved Jake Junis
        • E. Encarnacion: Encarnacion popped out to second
        • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Ball, Vogelbach doubled to left center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • B. Hamilton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hamilton walked
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Merrifield flied out to right
        • A. Mondesi: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Mondesi doubled to left center, Hamilton to third
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Narvaez doubled to right, Healy to third
        • D. Moore: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Gordon singled to right, Healy and Narvaez scored
        • M. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon stole second, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop, Gordon to third
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • F. Schwindel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Schwindel flied out to right
        • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to pitcher
        • C. Owings: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Owings struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Gordon singled to left center
        • M. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Smith lined out to left
        • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Santana singled to center, Gordon to third, Santana to second
        • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bruce grounded out to second, Gordon scored, Santana to third
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • B. Hamilton: Hamilton safe at first on left fielder Santana fielding error, Hamilton to second
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Mondesi: Strike swinging, Foul, Mondesi hit sacrifice fly to center, Hamilton scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon doubled to left
        • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Healy doubled to deep left
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop, Healy to third
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • F. Schwindel: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Schwindel lined out to right
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • C. Owings: Owings reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Maldonado grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Owings out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Junis Pitching:
        • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Santana lined out to center
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce homered to left
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Encarnacion lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Gonzales Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield tripled to deep right center
        • A. Mondesi: Ball, Mondesi reached on an infield single to shortstop, Merrifield scored
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop, Mondesi out at second
        • J. Soler: Soler flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)