The Mariners went 44-37 on the road in 2018. The Royals lost their eighth in a row.
Don't consider Merrifield's hitting streak the new franchise record because it spans two seasons?
But the Mariners have some impressive streaks of their own.
Gordon's solo shot to right field extended the Mariners' streak to 15 games with a home run to open this season, surpassing the mark set by the 2002 Cleveland Indians.
Kansas City batted.245 as a team last season and hit 155 total home runs. 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.
Gordon had a two-run single in the fourth for a 4-2 lead. Anthony Swarzak pitched the ninth for his second save in two opportunities. Swanson pitched two innings and allowed two runs on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Richard Lovelady, the Royals' fourth pitcher of the night, pitched a ideal eighth inning in his major league debut.