Rays’ Snell K’s 7 to start game, ties AL record

Snell ties AL record with 7 K’s to start game (0:45)

Blake Snell ties an American League record on Sunday by striking out seven straight batters to start the game. (0:45)

SEATTLE — Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell tied the American League record with seven consecutive strikeouts to start a game against the Mariners on Sunday.

Snell, who was born in Seattle and pitched for nearby Shorewood High School, matched the mark set by Joe Cowley of the Chicago White Sox on May 28, 1986, and also reached by Carlos Rodon for the White Sox on Sept. 30, 2016.

The modern-era major league record is eight straight strikeouts to start a game, set by Jim Deshaies for the Houston Astros in 1986 and matched by Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets in 2014. Snell also tied a club record for most consecutive strikeouts at any point during a game.

The all-time record is nine strikeouts to start a game, set by Mickey Welch for the New York Gothams in 1884.

Snell struck out the side in the first two innings on swinging strikes, and he tied the record with a called strike three on Guillermo Heredia to open the third.

Denard Span, the Mariners’ eighth batter, worked the count full before grounding out to second to end Snell’s strikeout streak. Snell struck out Mike Zunino to end the third inning for his eighth K of the game.

Snell had 12 strikeouts through six innings but was removed from the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after throwing 100 pitches.

The Mariners rallied off the Rays’ bullpen and won the game 2-1.

ESPN Stats & Information and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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