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Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield, a former South Carolina Gamecocks' standout, bunts in a run during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The bunt gave Merrifield a 31-game hitting streak, breaking the old club record of 30 set by George Brett in 1980.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mitch Haniger hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Royals 6-5 Wednesday night after former South Carolina Gamecock 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.

Kansas City dropped to 2-9 with its ninth straight loss.

Merrifield bunted with Terrance Gore on third in the seventh. He placed the ball perfectly up the third-base line and tipped his cap to a cheering crowd after reaching first without a throw.

Then, on Thursday, the Royals losing streak extended to 10 games as Merrifield’s franchise-record hitting streak was snapped.

The Royals were victims of a four-game series sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners, losing 7-6 in 10 innings.

Merrifield’s streak stopped at 31 games, one game longer than Hall of Famer George Brett’s previous franchise record. Merrifield, who entered the day batting .340, went 0 for 6 with four fly outs and two strikeouts.

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