It was Cruz’ 26th of the season and his second multi-homer game of the season and 23rd of his career. Cruz is batting .400 with six HRs and 12 RBI in his last nine games to power the M’s to a 6-3 road trip through Texas, Kansas City and Oakland.
The Mariners now return home for their only August homestand, a seven-game set against the Angels and Orioles.
Cruz went through a late-July funk where he hit .140/.224/.140 over an 11-game stretch with no homers or extra-base hits in 49 plate appearances, strangely coinciding with the M’s last homestand.
Once back out on the road though, he went gangbusters. For the M’s sake, they hope it’s a harbinger as they finish August on a 12-game, 13-day road trip through Tampa Bay, Atlanta, New York Yankees and Baltimore.
Cruz leads the American League in RBIs and is poised to put up another 40-home season. Now 37, he has one more year on what was a four-year, $57 million contract that, barring a complete breakdown next season, will go down as one of the best mulit-year deals the Mariners have ever given out.
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