Another day, another home run for the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays’ home-run streak gained historic status Wednesday night, reaching a team-record 16 consecutive games after Matt Joyce’s shot to right field off right-hander Luis Mendoza in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium in the second game of a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals.
Ben Zobrist followed Joyce’s home run with one of his own to right in the next at-bat.
The Rays entered Wednesday with 30 home runs, tied with the Texas Rangers for 10th in the majors in the category.
The previous team record was achieved from July 25-August 10, 2009.
Here is how the streak happened:
May 1: Matt Joyce, Ben Zobrist, Luke Scott
April 30: Matt Joyce
April 28: Matt Joyce, Jose Lobaton
April 27: Ben Zobrist, Desmond Jennings
April 26: Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria
April 25: Jose Lobaton
April 24: Sean Rodriguez
April 23: Evan Longoria
April 22: Yunel Escobar, Ryan Roberts (2)
April 21: Yunel Escobar
April 20: Matt Joyce
April 19: Evan Longoria
April 18: Jose Molina, Desmond Jennings, James Loney, Evan Longoria
April 17: Shelley Duncan, Kelly Johnson
April 16: Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria, Kelly Johnson