Merrifield breaks Royals hit steak; KC still loses ninth-straight game

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April 11, 2019 - 10:05 AM

Whit Merrifield watches his single during the sixth inning of the Kansas City Royals opening day game against the Chicago White Sox at Kauffman Stadium on March 28. Jill Toyoshiba/The Kansas City Star/TNS

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.

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