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Cruz carries career-best 20-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game

Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz takes a career-best hitting streak of 20 games into Tuesday’s game against Baltimore at Safeco Field.
Mariners right fielder Nelson Cruz takes a career-best hitting streak of 20 games into Tuesday’s game against Baltimore at Safeco Field. The Associated Press

Right fielder Nelson Cruz carried a 20-game hitting streak into Tuesday’s game, which marked a career high and is the longest active streak in the majors.

Cruz is batting .414 in his streak with 36 hits in 87 at-bats. He also has 12 homers and 16 RBIs.

Just two other players have hitting streaks this season of at least 20 games.

Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a 21-game run from June 15 to July 9 earlier this year while playing for Colorado. Cleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis went 20 games from June 3-26.

Cruz’s streak is the longest by a Mariner since Mike Carp had a 20-game run from July 30 to Aug. 21, 2011. The Mariners have 14 hitting streaks of 20 or more games, by eight different players, in their 38-year history.

The club record is 27 by Ichiro Suzuki from May 6 to June 3 in 2009. He was 47-for-118 in that span for a .398 average. Suzuki has seven of the franchise’s 14-game streaks of 20 games or more.

Seven other players, including Cruz, have one 20-game streak: Joey Cora, Richie Zisk, Dan Meyer, Carp, Yuniesky Betancourt and Alex Rodriguez.

NINE DOWN FOR NUNO

Lefty Vidal Nuno is streaking in the opposite direction with losses in nine straight decisions over 17 starts and 38 games with three different clubs over the last two seasons.

All despite a 3.45 ERA in that span.

Nuno suffered his first setback as a Mariner on Monday when he gave up two runs in five innings in a 3-2 loss to Baltimore. It came in his second start and 20th appearance.

The nine-game streak started July 2, 2014, when Nuno lost to Tampa Bay in his first start and appearance for the New York Yankees.

After a July 6, 2014 trade sent him to Arizona for pitcher Brandon McCarthy, Nuno went 0-7 with the Diamondbacks in 14 starts, although he compiled a 3.76 ERA in that span.

Nuno was 0-1 in three appearances this season at Arizona before coming to the Mariners in a June 3 trade.

MINOR DETAILS

Short-A Everett shortstop Drew Jackson, a fifth-round pick in June, extended his hitting streak Monday to 16 games by going 3-for-4 in a 4-2 victory at Vancouver (Blue Jays).

Jackson, 22, was picked Monday as the Northwest League player of the week for the second time in three weeks. He leads the league with a .392 batting average and a .448 on-base percentage.

He has scored a league-leading 46 runs in 38 games while stealing a league-leading 32 bases in 35 attempts.

SHORT HOPS

Franklin Gutierrez had a homer and a double in Monday’s loss, which marked his first game with two extra-base hits since Sept. 18, 2013…Baltimore outfielder Adam Jones, the Mariners’ first-round pick in 2003, has four career homers against his former club — all at Safeco Field…The Mariners are 22-20 in one-out games after Monday’s 3-2 loss to the Orioles.

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