MIAMI — Luis Araez had two hits on Tuesday night to bring his MLB-leading batting average to .401 and help the Miami Marlins defeat the Kansas City Royals 6-1.
Second-placed in the National League East, the Marlins won five games in a row and improved their record to 34-28. 500 batting average in six games since August 2016. Araes also has 12 hits in his last four games, tying him for the all-time record. It was the most in four games in Marlins history. It was also performed by Cody Ross in 2008 and Preston Wilson in 2001.
After going left in his first two at-bats, Araez hit consecutive singles, recording 2 hits and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats.
Araez becomes the first player to hit .400 or better in 62-team games in a season since Atlanta’s Chipper Jones, who batted .421 in 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Miami beat Zach Greinke (6-1) with a fifth five-run game to break the scoreless game.
The former Cy Young Award winner kept Miami hitless until Sanchez’s leadoff blowout. Jesús Sanchez hit Greinke’s first pitch over the left wall for his fifth home run.
The bases loaded with one out of Arais made it 2-0 and stopped Greinke from participating. Relief Jackson Kowal popped out Jorge Soler to second base, and Delacruz doubled over right to clear the bases.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.