Royals’ losing streak continues with 13-5 loss to Seattle

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April 9, 2019 - 10:19 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion and the Seattle Mariners are off to a slugging start unlike any team in major league history.

Encarnacion homered twice during an eight-run sixth inning, two of five homers for the hot-hitting Mariners during a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Seattle has 32 homers over its first 12 games, the most ever by a team a dozen games into the season. The St. Louis Cardinals had 31 in 2000, according to STATS. 

The Mariners have scored at least five runs 11 times already.

Homer Bailey (0-1) allowed seven runs in five-plus innings.

“I thought he threw better than his line,” Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.

Whit Merrifield led off the first inning with an infield single, extending his hitting streak to 29 games dating to last season. Merrifield’s streak is one shy of George Brett’s club record, set when he hit .390 in 1980.

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