Mariners and Padres extend recent futility

The Seattle Mariners scored eight runs Sunday but lost to the Boston Red Sox 12-8. The Mariners have lost a team-record 15 straight games, which is tied for the second-longest single-season streak by any team in the Wild Card Era (since 1995).

Longest Losing Streaks
Under Current Division Format (since 1994)

It's the most runs the Mariners have scored in a game since June 5, in a 9-6 win over Tampa Bay, and the first time all season they've scored at least seven runs and lost the game.

The Red Sox have won nine straight home games (a season high) and seven of their past eight games overall. They improve to 16-3 in July, the best record in baseball this month.

The San Diego Padres lost their 10th straight game to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, the second-longest losing streak by the Padres to the Phillies in team history -- they lost 11 straight meetings from 2004-06.

According to Elias, it's the longest current losing streak by a major league team against a single opponent.

The win for the Phillies means that they've gone 42 consecutive games without losing two in a row, assuring them of reaching 43 straight games Monday. According to Elias, that sets a franchise record -- they went 42 straight games without losing two in a row from April 14 to June 3, 1976.

Elias tells us that it also means the Phillies have won nine consecutive series of three or more games, which ties a franchise record. They last won nine straight series of at least three games in 1995.

Elsewhere around MLB:

• The Chicago Cubs beat the Houston Astros 5-4 in 10 innings, leaving the Astros with a 33-68 record. It marks the first time they've been 35 games under .500 since September 6, 1975.

The win means the Cubs have won three in a row for the first time all season -- they were 0-9 when going for their third straight win before Sunday.

• The Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 behind a home run from rookie Mike Trout, the team's first-round draft pick out of high school in 2009. Trout -- at 19 years, 351 days -- is the third-youngest Angel to hit his first career home run and the youngest player to homer in the majors since Justin Upton (19 years, 347 days) hit his first on August 7, 2007.

Most Strikeouts Red Sox History

Mariano Rivera got his 25th save when the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics 7-5. It's his 15th season with 25 saves, the most in major league history, one more than all-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman.

Tim Wakefield struck out four in Boston's win over Seattle, his 2,000th strikeout with the Red Sox. He trails only Roger Clemens on the franchise's all-time list.