Merrifield breaks Brett's record with 31-game hit streak

Kansas City Royals' Whit Merrifield after tying a team record during a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (WIBW) -- It's official. The W(hit) streak lives on.

With an RBI bunt single in the seventh inning, Whit Merrifield has extended his hit streak to 31-straight games and broke George Brett's 39-year old franchise record.

Before Merrifield's only hit of the game, the IF/OF had gone 0-3 against the Seattle Mariners as fans waited in suspense.

Merrifield's bunt also tied the game at 5, although the Royals went on to lose to the Seattle Mariners 6-5 after allowing a ninth inning homerun.

The streak runs through multiple seasons after Merrifield ended 2018 with a hit in the team's last 20 games, and began 2019 with a hit in all 11.

Now, Merrifield's streak is the longest in the American League since 1969.

The major league record is 56 games, set by Joe DiMaggio in 1941.