Leake stopped: Seattle snaps 3-game skid, beats Angels 4-3

SEATTLE (AP) It was almost eerie how the beginning of Mike Leake's second start for the Seattle Mariners mirrored his first.

A shaky first inning was followed by six innings of strong pitching and ultimately a needed victory to help Seattle stay on the fringe of the AL wild-card race.

Ben Gamel hit a three-run homer to give Seattle an early lead, Leake overcame his first-inning problems again, and the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Leake (2-0) followed almost the exact same script from his first start with Seattle, giving up three straight hits to start the game and allowing two first-inning runs. And just like his first start, Leake quickly settled down, retiring 13 straight batters at one point before C.J. Cron's two-out single in the fifth inning.

Leake allowed two earned runs and struck out five.

''Unfortunately, it took a few hitters to get going but once I'm able to get into a rhythm, it's nice to work with (catcher) Mike (Zunino) and he's very creative and is fun to work with,'' Leake said.

Seattle stayed four games behind Minnesota for the second wild card while the Angels dropped two games back.

''I thought our guys were into it, loose and having a good time. We've got nothing to lose, just go play,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Leake has provided Seattle's injury-riddled rotation exactly what it needed in his two starts, making early corrections and getting deep enough to salvage some innings from already overworked bullpen arms.

It was a shaky beginning, though. Brandon Phillips singled to open the game, Mike Trout doubled, and both scored on Justin Upton's two-run single. But Leake immediately stopped the big inning by getting a double play out of Albert Pujols.

''We just couldn't pick up one pitch. He was throwing everything, keeping us off balance,'' Trout said.

Leake was nearly flawless until the sixth, when Upton's two-out single and a passed ball led to an unearned run on Pujols' RBI single. Leake was helped earlier in the inning when Gamel made a leaping catch at the wall to rob Phillips of at least a double and possibly a home run.

''I just knew I had to go up and get it ... I knew I had time. I had (Guillermo Heredia) yelling, I had the bullpen yelling. I knew exactly where I was,'' Gamel said.

Gamel provided the big blow with his eighth home run of the season with two outs in the second on a 1-2 pitch from starter Ricky Nolasco. Mitch Haniger added an RBI single an inning later and Nolasco (6-13) was unable to make it out of the fourth.

''I kind of did everything I want and he just barreled it,'' Nolasco said. ''He made the adjustment. Nothing you can do, tip your cap, he won that one.''

LATE CHANCES

Pujols barely missed a tying home run leading off the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz as his liner hit the wall in left-center on the fly. Diaz said he thought the ball was out off the bat. But the Mariners young closer recovered to retire the next three for his 32nd save, including a strikeout of Luis Valbuena to end it with pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. at second base.

DL BOUND

The Angels placed INF Jefry Marte on the 10-day disabled list after he was discovered to have a broken bone in his left foot. Manager Mike Scioscia said Marte actually suffered the injury about a week ago when he was still at Triple-A Salt Lake and fouled a ball off his foot. Marte was recalled from the minors last Monday, but the foot injury never improved and the fracture was eventually found.

SIM GAME SUCCESS

Both Felix Hernandez and James Paxton threw successful simulated games Friday. Hernandez threw 35 pitches and Paxton threw 40 and both proclaimed themselves ready to rejoin Seattle's rotation that's been decimated by injuries this season. Servais said both will likely throw another bullpen session and could be slotted back into the lineup on Seattle's upcoming trip. Servais said the optimal scenario would have one throw at Texas at the end of a four-game series against the Rangers and the other likely throw next weekend at Houston. Both would be limited to about 50-60 pitches.

UP NEXT

Angels: Andrew Heaney (1-1) will make his fifth start of the season. He gave up five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings in his last start - a loss - against Texas.

Mariners: Andrew Albers (3-1) looks to continue his unexpected run of success. Albers allowed one run and one hit in his last start against Oakland.

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AngelsLAA72-69
200001000380
MarinersSEA70-71
03100000X4110
  • W: M. Leake (9-12)L: R. Nolasco (6-13)S: E. Diaz (32)
  • HR: SEA - B. Gamel (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Trout CF41100001.323.461.6501.1113.0
J. Upton LF41220011.282.369.535.9044.5
A. Pujols DH40210001.246.290.395.6853.0
E. Young DH00000000.263.342.394.7362.0
K. Calhoun RF40000032.247.332.394.727-1.5
A. Simmons SS40000001.282.332.435.7660.0
L. Valbuena 3B40000031.196.290.416.706-1.5
C. Cron 1B30100020.267.320.478.7980.0
M. Maldonado C20000011.226.286.382.668-0.5
a- B. Revere PH10000000.260.297.333.6300.0
J. Graterol C00000000.224.231.276.5070.0
  • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS50100012.302.351.423.7741.5
Y. Alonso 1B40000012.264.365.501.866-0.5
R. Cano 2B41100010.280.341.462.8022.5
N. Cruz DH31200110.285.371.531.9033.5
K. Seager 3B30100102.254.322.447.7692.0
M. Haniger RF40210022.265.349.444.7942.0
M. Zunino C41200025.238.316.488.8052.0
B. Gamel LF41231011.278.328.401.7298.5
G. Heredia CF40000012.263.330.361.691-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Trout (22)
    • RBI - J. Upton 2 (97), A. Pujols (94)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (38)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Segura (28), R. Cano (29)
    • HR - B. Gamel (8)
    • RBI - M. Haniger (38), B. Gamel 3 (48)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (11), B. Gamel 3 (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Young (11)
    FIELDING
    • PB - M. Maldonado (7)
    FIELDING
    • DP - Y. Alonso, R. Cano, K. Seager
    • PB - M. Zunino (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Nolasco (L, 6-13)3.26442215.191.47-7.0
    J. Alvarez1.01000103.741.272.5
    N. Ramirez0.12000102.080.81-1.5
    Y. Petit2.01000502.220.947.5
    B. Norris1.01000104.251.302.5
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Nolasco (L, 6-13)3.2
    J. Alvarez1.0
    N. Ramirez0.1
    Y. Petit2.0
    B. Norris1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake (W, 9-12)6.06320504.101.3122.5
    R. Garton (H, 1)0.10000006.751.430.0
    J. Pazos (H, 8)0.10000103.601.380.5
    E. Pagan (H, 6)0.10000103.140.950.5
    N. Vincent (H, 27)1.01000102.101.032.5
    E. Diaz (S, 32)1.01000203.581.2110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake (W, 9-12)6.0
    R. Garton (H, 1)0.1
    J. Pazos (H, 8)0.1
    E. Pagan (H, 6)0.1
    N. Vincent (H, 27)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 32)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 91-54, J. Alvarez 19-14, N. Ramirez 16-10, Y. Petit 27-20, B. Norris 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 5-4, J. Alvarez 1-1, Y. Petit 1-0
    • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 19, J. Alvarez 4, N. Ramirez 3, Y. Petit 7, B. Norris 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 93-64, R. Garton 7-4, J. Pazos 6-4, E. Pagan 3-3, N. Vincent 14-12, E. Diaz 19-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 5-7, N. Vincent 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 23, R. Garton, J. Pazos, E. Pagan, N. Vincent 4, E. Diaz 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AngelsLAA72-69
    200001000380
    MarinersSEA70-71
    03100000X4110
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Phillips 2B41200000.287.323.409.7323.0
    M. Trout CF41100001.323.461.6501.1113.0
    J. Upton LF41220011.282.369.535.9044.5
    A. Pujols DH40210001.246.290.395.6853.0
    E. Young DH00000000.263.342.394.7362.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000032.247.332.394.727-1.5
    A. Simmons SS40000001.282.332.435.7660.0
    L. Valbuena 3B40000031.196.290.416.706-1.5
    C. Cron 1B30100020.267.320.478.7980.0
    M. Maldonado C20000011.226.286.382.668-0.5
    a- B. Revere PH10000000.260.297.333.6300.0
    J. Graterol C00000000.224.231.276.5070.0
    Total3438300108-----
    • a-grounded out for Maldonado in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Segura SS50100012.302.351.423.7741.5
    Y. Alonso 1B40000012.264.365.501.866-0.5
    R. Cano 2B41100010.280.341.462.8022.5
    N. Cruz DH31200110.285.371.531.9033.5
    K. Seager 3B30100102.254.322.447.7692.0
    M. Haniger RF40210022.265.349.444.7942.0
    M. Zunino C41200025.238.316.488.8052.0
    B. Gamel LF41231011.278.328.401.7298.5
    G. Heredia CF40000012.263.330.361.691-0.5
    Total354114121016-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout (22)
      • RBI - J. Upton 2 (97), A. Pujols (94)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols (38)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (28), R. Cano (29)
      • HR - B. Gamel (8)
      • RBI - M. Haniger (38), B. Gamel 3 (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Haniger (11), B. Gamel 3 (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Young (11)
      FIELDING
      • PB - M. Maldonado (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - Y. Alonso, R. Cano, K. Seager
      • PB - M. Zunino (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Nolasco (L, 6-13)3.26442215.191.47-7.0
      J. Alvarez1.01000103.741.272.5
      N. Ramirez0.12000102.080.81-1.5
      Y. Petit2.01000502.220.947.5
      B. Norris1.01000104.251.302.5
      Total8.011442101---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Nolasco (L, 6-13)3.2
      J. Alvarez1.0
      N. Ramirez0.1
      Y. Petit2.0
      B. Norris1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 9-12)6.06320504.101.3122.5
      R. Garton (H, 1)0.10000006.751.430.0
      J. Pazos (H, 8)0.10000103.601.380.5
      E. Pagan (H, 6)0.10000103.140.950.5
      N. Vincent (H, 27)1.01000102.101.032.5
      E. Diaz (S, 32)1.01000203.581.2110.0
      Total9.08320100---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 9-12)6.0
      R. Garton (H, 1)0.1
      J. Pazos (H, 8)0.1
      E. Pagan (H, 6)0.1
      N. Vincent (H, 27)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 32)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Nolasco 91-54, J. Alvarez 19-14, N. Ramirez 16-10, Y. Petit 27-20, B. Norris 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Nolasco 5-4, J. Alvarez 1-1, Y. Petit 1-0
      • Batters Faced - R. Nolasco 19, J. Alvarez 4, N. Ramirez 3, Y. Petit 7, B. Norris 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 93-64, R. Garton 7-4, J. Pazos 6-4, E. Pagan 3-3, N. Vincent 14-12, E. Diaz 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 5-7, N. Vincent 1-1, E. Diaz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 23, R. Garton, J. Pazos, E. Pagan, N. Vincent 4, E. Diaz 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Pujols singled to deep left, Upton scored34
      • 3RD INNING
        Haniger singled to right, Cano scored, Cruz to third, Seager to second24
      • 2ND INNING
        Gamel homered to right, Cruz and Zunino scored23
      • 1ST INNING
        Upton singled to right, Phillips and Trout scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Nick Vincent
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols singled to left center
        • Eric Young ran for Albert Pujols
        • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Young stole second, Foul, Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Vincent relieved Emilio Pagan
        • Ben Revere hit for Martin Maldonado
        • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Revere grounded out to second
        • B. Phillips: Foul, Foul, Phillips singled to center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout flied out to center
        • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Graterol catching
        • Bud Norris relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Zunino singled to left
        • B. Gamel: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
        • G. Heredia: Heredia lined out to center
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Segura popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Ryan Garton relieved Mike Leake
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Simmons flied out to center
        • James Pazos relieved Ryan Garton
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
        • Emilio Pagan relieved James Pazos
        • C. Cron: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager singled to right center
        • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Phillips flied out to deep left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout flied out to deep right
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Upton singled to left
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Upton to second on passed ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols singled to deep left, Upton scored
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gamel singled to left
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Noe Ramirez
        • G. Heredia: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Heredia struck out looking
        • J. Segura: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Segura struck out looking
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons fouled out to first
        • L. Valbuena: Foul, Valbuena flied out to left
        • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron singled to center
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado reached on fielder's choice to third, Cron out at second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to right
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Seager popped out to second
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Jose Alvarez
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger singled to left, Cruz to second
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pujols flied out to deep right
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel grounded out to shortstop
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Heredia grounded out to second
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Foul, Segura doubled to deep left
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Ricky Nolasco
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Phillips grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Trout flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Segura flied out to left
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Alonso flied out to left
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cano doubled to right
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cano to third on passed ball
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Seager walked, Cruz to second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Haniger singled to right, Cano scored, Cruz to third, Seager to second
        • M. Zunino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Zunino struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to second
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz singled to left
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Seager popped out to third
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Haniger struck out looking
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike looking, Zunino singled to left, Cruz to second
        • B. Gamel: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel homered to right, Cruz and Zunino scored
        • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Heredia grounded bunt out to third
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Phillips singled to center
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Trout doubled to deep left, Phillips to third
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Upton singled to right, Phillips and Trout scored
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Upton out at second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Calhoun flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Nolasco Pitching:
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Segura grounded out to second
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Alonso flied out to deep right
        • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cano grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)