MLB news: Nolan Arenado sets franchise record with 28-game hitting streak

Rick Yeatts

The Rockies' young third baseman joined exclusive company upon breaking the Rockies' record for consecutive games with a hit.

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado singled in the third inning of Colorado's game against the Rangers on Thursday to extend his hitting streak to a franchise-record 28 games.

Arenado surpassed teammate Michael Cuddyer, who hit in 27 straight last season, on the Rockies' all-time list with a line-drive knock to center field against Rangers starter Matt Harrison. Arenado became the fifth third baseman since 1969 to hit in 28 or more consecutive games, joining Ryan Zimmerman, Wade Boggs, George Brett and Pete Rose, according to the Rockies' public relations department.

The 23-year-old second-year defensive wizard has added an impact bat to his game this season. Arenado entered Thursday hitting .324/.346/.545 in 153 plate appearances in 2014. The traditional home/road split that is associated with Rockies players also hasn't applied to him; Arenado is hitting .357/.370/.457 away from Coors Field.

Arenado finished 1-for-4 in the Rockies' 5-0 loss to Texas.

Bundy on his way back

Orioles right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Bundy is making his way back from Tommy John surgery and is about to take a significant step in his recovery:

Encarnacion homers twice, including No. 200

Struggling Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion righted the ship on Thursday, slugging a pair of home runs -- including the 200th of his 10-year big league career -- in a 12-6 victory over the Phillies.

Encarnacion entered the game with only four home runs and a .242/.333/.439 batting line after two consecutive 35-plus homer seasons. His first home run of the game, which was the milestone one, got him back on track.

Thursday scores

Indians 9, Twins 4
Astros 6, Tigers 2
Blue Jays 12, Phillies 6
Orioles 3, Rays 1
Rangers 5, Rockies 0
Cubs 12, White Sox 5
Marlins 3, Padres 1
Mariners 1, Royals 0
Giants 3, Dodgers 1 (10)

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