{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

Jones' hitting streak snapped

|
Jones' hitting streak snapped play video for Jones' hitting streak snapped

SEATTLE -- Rookie center fielder James Jones saw his 14-game hitting streak snapped Sunday in a tough way as he laced a hard shot up the middle in his final at-bat in the ninth inning of a 4-1 loss to the Astros, only to see the ball ricochet off the foot of pitcher Dallas Keuchel right to Houston's first baseman.

Jones could only shake his head and smile on Monday after enduring his first hitless start since being promoted to the Majors on May 5 with his 0-for-4 day. The 25-year-old set a club record by posting at least one hit in his first 15 MLB starts, breaking the record of 10 set by Edgar Martinez in 1987.

Jones insisted all along that he wasn't worried about either of those streaks, but was just trying to help his team win. He echoed that again when looking back at the tough way his string ended.

"I was just hoping I'd get on base to start off a good inning," he said. "I hit it solid, it just didn't go our way. But he pitched a great game. You can't take that away from him."

The hit streak certainly helped Jones' comfort level in his initial weeks with the Mariners, as he's stepped right into an everyday role as the club's starting center fielder and leadoff man.

"It definitely gives me confidence," Jones said. "I feel like I belong here, if I can be productive like that. I just want to keep on keeping on, coming with that same intensity. That's all I can keep doing. I'm definitely happy. I know there'll be struggles and times when things don't go my way, but I'm just going along with it and trying to do my best."

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{}
{}
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español