Nelson Cruz hits home run in fifth straight game

Baseball It's safe to say the reigning home run king is off to a good start this season.Mariners outfielder Nelson Cruz homered in his fifth consecutive game Wednesday, crushing a slider from Dodgers starting pitcher Brett Anderson over the right field wall in the fourth inning for his sixth home run in five games. The Mariners fell in Los Angeles, 5-2. MORE: How to best honor Jackie Robinson | Harvey energizes Queens | Brewers' Gomez exits gameWith the homer, Cruz now has second longest home run streak in Mariners history at five straight games. Ken Griffey Jr. set record with eight consecutive home run games in 1993. Cruz, 34, is performing how the Mariners hoped when they signed him to a four-year, $57 million contract this offseason. Early in the season, he's hitting .294 with an on-base percentage of .368 — both of those numbers are well above his career averages — to go along with his six home runs and nine RBIs.


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