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Seattle Mariners on cusp of making history

The Seattle Mariners are now one away from their greatest ever winning streak with 14-game win run.

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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 17: The Seattle Mariners celebrate their 6-2 win over the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field on July 17, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. The Mariners have won 14 games in a row.   Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
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The Seattle Mariners set a new record on Sunday as they defeated the Texas Rangers 6-2 for their 14th consecutive win – the longest winning streak entering the All-Star break in MLB history.

Prior to this season, the longest winning streak heading into the All-Star break was 10 games, set by the 1935 Detroit Tigers, the 1945 Chicago Cubs and the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. All three teams ended up making the World Series.

It was a great showing from the Mariners’ top hitters as their two All-Stars drove in a pair of runs each.

A late addition to the American League All-Star roster, Ty France connected on the longest drive of the game with his 432-foot solo home run in the fifth inning, extending the Mariners’ lead to 3-1.

Rookie of the Year favourite – and the only rookie All-Star – Julio Rodriguez then drove in a pair of runs with his double in the seventh inning, and Rodriguez was brought home by a France RBI base hit as the very next batter.

Of all rookies in the majors this season, Rodriguez leads in hits (93), home runs (16), RBIs (50), runs (52) and stolen bases (21).

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 17: Penn Murfee #56 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Globe Life Field on July 17, 2022 in Arlington, Texas.   Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP
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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 17: Penn Murfee #56 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Texas Rangers during the sixth inning at Globe Life Field on July 17, 2022 in Arlington, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==Ron JenkinsAFP

The Mariners are now 51-42 for the season, giving them the fourth-best record in the American League. They are also one game away from tying their longest winning streak of all time, with 15-in-a-row set in 2001.