Cruz brings power show on the road to Coors

Mariners slugger 1st player since '08 with multiple 5-game HR streaks

Cruz brings power show on the road to Coors

DENVER -- Nelson Cruz had never played in Coors Field before this week, but it hasn't taken the Mariners slugger long to feel at home as he ripped his second homer in as many nights at the home of the Colorado Rockies in Tuesday's 10-4 victory.

Then again, Cruz hasn't found many places he doesn't like to hit this season as he's now homered in five straight games -- for the second time this season -- and hiked his total to 31 on the year.

Cruz is the first Major Leaguer with two streaks of five consecutive games with a home run in the same season since Chase Utley in 2008. The only others in the past 45 years were Barry Bonds (2001), Frank Thomas (1994) and Harmon Killebrew (1970).

Cruz has hit 24 of his homers on the road, just five shy of the Mariners record for a full season set by Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997.

The five consecutive games with a home run equals Cruz's career high set from April 11-15 and he joins the Dodgers' Joc Pederson as the only player in the Majors with two home run streaks of four or more games this year.

Cruz, who led the Majors with 40 homers last year for the Orioles, is now just one back of Mike Trout's MLB-leading 32 this season.

Cruz homers in five straight

He's already the first Mariner to hit 30-plus homers in a season since Russell Branyan's 31 in 2009, and there are still 54 games remaining.

Has manager Lloyd McClendon run out of words to describe the impact of Cruz, who is also leading his team with a .323 average and 67 RBIs after another 2-for-4 night?

"Not quite," McClendon said. "I hope he keeps impressing me."

Tuesday's blast was a beauty, projected to land 456 feet away from home plate by Statcast™ and leaving the bat at 112 mph as he turned around a 96-mph fastball by Scott Oberg. After pushing a 408-footer over the fence on Monday on a ball he thought actually jammed him a bit, Cruz turned on Oberg's offering and gave it a full ride.

"I did hit this one pretty good," Cruz acknowledged.

And now he's got one more game Wednesday afternoon at Coors to see if he can do more damage.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.