MLB

Morales sets Blue Jays record with 7-game HR streak

Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales set a team record by homering for the seventh consecutive game Sunday and became the seventh player in major league history with a streak of at least seven games.

Designated hitter is 7th player in MLB history to achieve feat

Kendrys Morales extended his home run streak to seven consecutive games on Sunday to break the previous Blue Jays record held by Jose Cruz Jr. Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly share the major league mark of eight straight games. (Jon Blacker/Canadian Press)
Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales set a team record by homering for the seventh consecutive game Sunday, becoming the seventh player in major league history with a home run streak of at least seven games.

Ken Griffey Jr., Dale Long, and Don Mattingly share the record with home runs in eight straight games.

Click on the video player below to watch Kendrys make Blue Jays history:

Morales' home run in the 3rd inning against the Phillies on Sunday was his 7th-straight game with a home run, setting a Blue Jays record. 1:22

Morales has connected eight times in his streak, the longest in the majors this season. He extended his run with a two-run drive to right off Philadelphia right-hander Vince Velasquez in the third inning, his 21st of the season.

Jose Cruz Jr. homered in six straight games for the Blue Jays in 2001.

Morales has hit safely in 10 straight games.

Fruitful adjustments 

The designated hitter will donate a bat from the homer streak to Cooperstown while Sunday's ball will be displayed in the team's trophy case in the clubhouse.

"Really happy that they want my bat, and they want something," Morales said through an interpreter. "It's amazing what I've been doing so far so it's really nice."

The 35-year-old also tied the fourth-longest home run streak in MLB history.

Morales says he made adjustments at the plate after his early-season struggles.

"I'm not moving too much," he said. "I'm not dragging too much so I don't see the ball moving too much either. Either fastball or off-speed, I'm seeing the ball pretty well because I'm sitting back.

"My bat was a little bit horizontal so I wasn't getting to the pitch middle or inside. I just tried to bring my knob a little bit [closer] to the catcher so I can cover a little bit more and [I'm] just a little bit faster to the ball."

With files from The Canadian Press 

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