Mariners rally to hand Royals 10th consecutive loss

Trailing by two runs and down to their last strike, the Mariners found a way to keep their winning streak alive.

“Confidence is building,” manager Scott Servais said.

Seattle became the first team to homer in each of its first 15 games when Dee Gordon connected in the sixth inning, then it rallied to beat the Royals 7-6 in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday behind Daniel Vogelbach’s home run in the 10th.

The Mariners improved the best record in the major leagues to 13-2, completing a four-game sweep and extending their winning streak to six.

Kansas City has lost 10 straight games after it failed to preserve leads of 4-0 in the sixth and 6-4 with two outs in the ninth.

“Other teams just can’t seem to do any wrong,” said K.C. outfielder Whit Merrifield, whose hitting streak ended at 31 games.

Kansas City center fielder Billy Hamilton was carted off the field because of a knee injury suffered when he failed to grab Mitch Haniger’s tying, two-run triple in the ninth.

Cardinals 11, Dodgers 7: Matt Wieters drove in a three runs and Harrison Bader twice was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded as host St. Louis completed a four-game sweep. The Cardinals also scored two runs on Walker Buehler’s second-inning wild pitch.

Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6: Pedro Avila limited host Arizona to one run in 5 ⅓ innings in his major-league debut and Austin Hedges, Franmil Reyes and Manuel Margot homered as San Diego won despite wasting a five-run lead.

Reds 5, Marlins 0: Eugenio Suarez had three hits, including a solo homer, and Yasiel Puig returned from a two-game suspension to double home two runs as host Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep.

Indians 4, Tigers 0: Leonys Martin had three hits, including a homer, and capped Shane Bieber limited host Detroit to three hits in seven innings as Cleveland won for the sixth time in seven games.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 6: Rafael Devers singled home the winning run to cap host Boston’s two-run ninth. The loss went to Ken Giles, who had owned a streak of 34 converted save opportunities dating to Sept. 12, 2017.

Mets 6, Braves 3: Amed Rosario drove in four runs, rookie Pete Alonso hit his sixth homer and Steven Matz pitched six effective innings for visiting New York.

Cubs 2, Pirates 0: Jose Quintana struck out 11 in seven innings as Chicago improved to 2-1 at home following a season-opening 2-7 trip.

Briefly:Atlanta second baseman Ozzie Albies agreed to a seven-year, $35 million contract, a deal that includes team options for 2026 and ’27. … The Twins postponed Friday’s series opener against the Tigers because of wintry weather. The game was rescheduled for May 11 as part of a day-night doubleheader. … … Detroit activated outfielder JaCoby Jones from the injured list; outfielder Mikie Mahtook was designated for assignment. … Baltimore left-hander Richard Bleier went on the IL because of shoulder tendinitis.

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