Mike Leake gives Mariners 7 innings in debut, beats A's 3-2

SEATTLE (AP) Mike Leake desperately wanted to make a strong first impression with the Seattle Mariners, knowing they were barely hanging on in the AL wild-card race and needed their new right-hander to be at the top of his game.

Even Leake had a moment of concern when three batters into his Seattle tenure he had allowed three hits and a run.

''That first inning I was like, `What am I putting myself into?''' Leake said. ''Luckily I was able to pull it together.''

Leake overcame a shaky beginning to throw seven innings in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Acquired from St. Louis earlier in the week to help Seattle's beleaguered rotation, Leake gave the Mariners the kind of performance they needed to remain on the fringes of the wild-card race. Leake (1-0), who was 7-12 with St. Louis, allowed two runs in the first inning, but held the A's scoreless the rest of the way. It was just the fourth time since the All-Star break a Mariners starting pitcher has gotten through seven innings and the first since James Paxton did it on July 24.

''(It) was a big shot in the arm for us, him coming in here and doing that, stopping a losing streak and hopefully getting us some momentum going forward,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Leake matched his season-high with seven strikeouts and scattered eight hits. He struck out Marcus Semien to end the seventh with the tying run on third base.

''I'm excited. I might not show it but the last few days were such a whirlwind that it's probably going to take these next few days to interact and get to know these guys to really show my emotion,'' Leake said.

Leake's performance was exactly what Seattle needed playing its first home game since Aug. 16. The right-hander stumbled through the first inning giving up three straight hits to open the game, including an RBI double to Jed Lowrie. But he retired 13 of the final 16 batters he faced.

''We made him throw the ball over the middle of the plate the first three innings, and then he got better after that,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Marc Rzepczynski and Nick Vincent pitched the eighth and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

Seattle got all of its runs in the third inning against Oakland starter Sean Manaea. Mike Zunino led off the inning with an opposite-field home run, his 20th of the season. Jean Segura followed with a single, stole second and scored on Mitch Haniger's single. A hit batter and walk loaded the bases and Haniger scored on Kyle Seager's sacrifice fly.

''I let things snowball way too quickly,'' Manaea said. ''I just didn't do a good job of calming things down and just really trying to assess the situation. I went out there and just kept throwing, kept throwing.''

Otherwise, Manaea (9-9) was the equal of Leake. Manaea's outing was his longest since throwing seven innings on July 27 against Toronto. It was his third straight start allowing three earned runs or less.

SEVENTEEN STARTERS

Leake became the 17th starting pitcher used by the Mariners this season, the most in baseball. That number ties a club record set in Seattle's inaugural season of 1977.

CALLED UP

Athletics: Oakland added top prospect INF Franklin Barreto and LHP Sam Moll from Triple-A Nashville. Barreto will be making his second appearance in the majors, while Moll made his major league debut entering in the eighth inning.

Mariners: Seattle added four pitchers for its bullpen - RHPs Shea Simmons, Andrew Moore, Dan Altavilla and Ryan Garton - while also adding C Mike Marjama.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn is likely done for the season. Blackburn took a line drive off his right hand last week against Baltimore and has a deep bone bruise. ... C Josh Phegley and OF Jake Smolinski were activated from the disabled list on Friday. Phegley had been sidelined by an oblique strain while Smolinski has not played in the majors in 2017 due to shoulder surgery.

Mariners: Seattle will have an array of pitchers throwing bullpen sessions through the weekend. Felix Hernandez was first on Friday, followed by Paxton and Tony Zych on Saturday. The Mariners goal is to try and get Paxton and Hernandez back into the rotation by the middle of the month, but that means no setbacks in their throwing programs.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Jharel Cotton (7-10) goes for his third straight win. Cotton is 2-2 in six starts since coming off the disabled list in late July.

Mariners: Yovani Gallardo (5-10) makes his 22nd start. Gallardo has a 6.29 ERA in his 21 games as a starter this season.

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OAK58-76
200000000280
SEA67-68
00300000X380
  • W: M. Leake (8-12)L: S. Manaea (9-9)S: E. Diaz (31)
  • HR: SEA - M. Zunino (20)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS41100022.258.344.384.7281.0
M. Joyce RF41300000.237.335.460.7945.0
J. Lowrie 2B30110101.270.348.439.7874.0
K. Davis LF30100114.233.324.509.8341.5
M. Olson 1B40010014.246.328.544.8720.5
R. Healy DH40000002.263.295.457.7510.0
B. Maxwell C40100020.241.333.331.6650.0
M. Chapman 3B40100011.236.304.487.7911.5
B. Powell CF30000012.250.351.310.660-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS41100002.299.350.407.7574.0
    M. Haniger RF41210000.252.345.433.7786.0
    R. Cano 2B30000011.271.331.446.7770.5
    N. Cruz DH30000111.285.371.544.9140.5
    K. Seager 3B30110000.254.323.438.7613.0
    D. Valencia 1B20100100.264.315.421.7362.0
    a- Y. Alonso PH-1B10000001.266.365.506.8710.0
    G. Heredia LF20100111.274.341.377.7181.5
    M. Zunino C31211011.235.314.486.8006.5
    J. Dyson CF30000002.253.326.352.6770.0
    • a-flied out for Valencia in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Joyce (28), J. Lowrie (41), M. Chapman (17)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (50), M. Olson (24)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Seager (30)
    • HR - M. Zunino (20)
    • SF - K. Seager (6)
    • RBI - M. Haniger (34), K. Seager (69), M. Zunino (52)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Segura (19), M. Haniger (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Joyce (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Manaea (L, 9-9)6.27333314.521.384.5
    L. Hendriks0.10000004.861.400.0
    D. Coulombe0.10000003.741.250.0
    R. Dull0.11000105.461.38-0.5
    S. Moll0.10000000.000.000.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Manaea (L, 9-9)6.2
    L. Hendriks0.1
    D. Coulombe0.1
    R. Dull0.1
    S. Moll0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake (W, 8-12)7.08221704.141.3223.5
    M. Rzepczynski (H, 19)0.10000003.101.340.0
    N. Vincent (H, 25)0.20001001.910.99-1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 31)1.00000103.451.1710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake (W, 8-12)7.0
    M. Rzepczynski (H, 19)0.1
    N. Vincent (H, 25)0.2
    E. Diaz (S, 31)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Manaea (8)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 108-66, L. Hendriks 2-2, D. Coulombe 4-2, R. Dull 8-5, S. Moll 2-1
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 6-8, L. Hendriks 1-0, D. Coulombe 1-0
    • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 28, L. Hendriks, D. Coulombe, R. Dull 2, S. Moll
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Leake (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 105-65, M. Rzepczynski 5-3, N. Vincent 10-5, E. Diaz 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-6, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, E. Diaz 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 28, M. Rzepczynski, N. Vincent 3, E. Diaz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK58-76
    200000000280
    SEA67-68
    00300000X380
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS41100022.258.344.384.7281.0
    M. Joyce RF41300000.237.335.460.7945.0
    J. Lowrie 2B30110101.270.348.439.7874.0
    K. Davis LF30100114.233.324.509.8341.5
    M. Olson 1B40010014.246.328.544.8720.5
    R. Healy DH40000002.263.295.457.7510.0
    B. Maxwell C40100020.241.333.331.6650.0
    M. Chapman 3B40100011.236.304.487.7911.5
    B. Powell CF30000012.250.351.310.660-0.5
    Total3328202816-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Segura SS41100002.299.350.407.7574.0
      M. Haniger RF41210000.252.345.433.7786.0
      R. Cano 2B30000011.271.331.446.7770.5
      N. Cruz DH30000111.285.371.544.9140.5
      K. Seager 3B30110000.254.323.438.7613.0
      D. Valencia 1B20100100.264.315.421.7362.0
      a- Y. Alonso PH-1B10000001.266.365.506.8710.0
      G. Heredia LF20100111.274.341.377.7181.5
      M. Zunino C31211011.235.314.486.8006.5
      J. Dyson CF30000002.253.326.352.6770.0
      Total283831349-----
      HITTERSAB
      J. Segura SS4
      M. Haniger RF4
      R. Cano 2B3
      N. Cruz DH3
      K. Seager 3B3
      D. Valencia 1B2
      a- Y. Alonso PH-1B1
      G. Heredia LF2
      M. Zunino C3
      J. Dyson CF3
      Total28
      • a-flied out for Valencia in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Joyce (28), J. Lowrie (41), M. Chapman (17)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (50), M. Olson (24)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Seager (30)
      • HR - M. Zunino (20)
      • SF - K. Seager (6)
      • RBI - M. Haniger (34), K. Seager (69), M. Zunino (52)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Segura (19), M. Haniger (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Joyce (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Manaea (L, 9-9)6.27333314.521.384.5
      L. Hendriks0.10000004.861.400.0
      D. Coulombe0.10000003.741.250.0
      R. Dull0.11000105.461.38-0.5
      S. Moll0.10000000.000.000.0
      Total8.0833341---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Manaea (L, 9-9)6.2
      L. Hendriks0.1
      D. Coulombe0.1
      R. Dull0.1
      S. Moll0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 8-12)7.08221704.141.3223.5
      M. Rzepczynski (H, 19)0.10000003.101.340.0
      N. Vincent (H, 25)0.20001001.910.99-1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 31)1.00000103.451.1710.5
      Total9.0822280---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 8-12)7.0
      M. Rzepczynski (H, 19)0.1
      N. Vincent (H, 25)0.2
      E. Diaz (S, 31)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Manaea (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 108-66, L. Hendriks 2-2, D. Coulombe 4-2, R. Dull 8-5, S. Moll 2-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 6-8, L. Hendriks 1-0, D. Coulombe 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 28, L. Hendriks, D. Coulombe, R. Dull 2, S. Moll
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Leake (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 105-65, M. Rzepczynski 5-3, N. Vincent 10-5, E. Diaz 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 6-6, M. Rzepczynski 1-0, E. Diaz 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 28, M. Rzepczynski, N. Vincent 3, E. Diaz 3
      • 3RD INNING
        Seager hit sacrifice fly into double play right to first to third, Haniger scored, Cano out at third23
        Haniger singled to center, Segura scored22
        Zunino homered to right21
      • 1ST INNING
        Olson grounded out to second, Joyce scored, Lowrie to third20
        Lowrie doubled to right, Semien scored, Joyce to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Nick Vincent
        • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Healy grounded out to second
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Marc Rzepczynski relieved Mike Leake
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce grounded out to second
        • Nick Vincent relieved Marc Rzepczynski
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Lowrie popped out to shortstop
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Olson: Olson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Coulombe relieved Liam Hendriks
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to first
        • Ryan Dull relieved Daniel Coulombe
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Seager doubled to deep right
        • Sam Moll relieved Ryan Dull
        • Yonder Alonso hit for Danny Valencia
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Alonso flied out to deep left
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman doubled to left center
        • B. Powell: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Chapman to third on wild pitch, Foul tip, Powell struck out on foul tip
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dyson grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Segura grounded out to third
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Sean Manaea
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to right
        • M. Olson: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Healy grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager flied out to center
        • D. Valencia: Valencia singled to left
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Valencia out at second, Heredia singled to center
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Zunino struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Foul, Powell grounded out to first
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Semien fouled out to first
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce doubled to left center
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie popped out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger singled to shallow left
        • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Haniger out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Healy flied out to left
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to third
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Valencia lined out to center
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia walked
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Zunino singled to deep center, Heredia to third
        • J. Dyson: Dyson popped out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Segura flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce singled to right center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked, Joyce to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis grounded into double play third to second to first, Joyce to third, Lowrie out at second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Olson flied out to left
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Zunino homered to right
        • J. Dyson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Dyson grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Segura singled to left
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Segura stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Haniger singled to center, Segura scored
        • R. Cano: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Haniger stole second, Foul, Ball, Cano hit by pitch
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Cruz walked, Haniger to third, Cano to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Seager hit sacrifice fly into double play right to first to third, Haniger scored, Cano out at third
        • End of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Maxwell singled to right center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman flied out to deep center
        • B. Powell: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Powell fouled out to catcher
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Cruz grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager flied out to center
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valencia walked
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien singled to center
        • M. Joyce: Joyce singled to center, Semien to third
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie doubled to right, Semien scored, Joyce to third
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson grounded out to second, Joyce scored, Lowrie to third
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Healy grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Segura flied out to center
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano lined out to left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)