Haniger's ninth-inning homer lifts Mariners

Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hits a three-run home run off Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kevin Mc Carthy during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City Mo. Monday

Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals bunts in an RBI during the 7th inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on April 10, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri.

And on Thursday, the Mariners did it once again as they have all year long.

Mitch Haniger's triple to center field in the top of the ninth inning brought two runners around to score to tie it up at 6.

Second baseman Dee Gordon, with a sixth-inning blast on Thursday, pushed the Seattle Mariners into the record books for the longest season-opening home run streak in Major League Baseball history. Brett's hitting streak was set in 1980, the same year he hit.390, won an MVP and helped lead the Royals to an American League pennant and World Series.

The Royals went 32-49 at home in 2018.

Most of the Mariners' victories this season have been devoid of much drama, but this game featured plenty, from Haniger's homer to Elias' tightrope act in the bottom of the ninth.

Cardinals right fielder Jose Martinez went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in St. Louis' 11-7 win over the Dodgers. See, you do not have to pull the ball all the time guys.

The Mets got the better of the Braves on Thursday, but Atlanta have Sean Newcomb (0-0, 1.64 ERA) on the mound, who has been very good to start the season. It dates back to September 10, to be precise.



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