Cruz, Albers lead Mariners past Angels 8-1 to gain ground

SEATTLE (AP) Andrew Albers keeps providing the boost Seattle's injury-riddled rotation needs to keep the Mariners close in the wild-card chase.

Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Mitch Haniger was a double short of the cycle and Albers pitched six scoreless innings as Seattle gained ground in the playoff race with an 8-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

''He was outstanding,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said of Albers, acquired from Atlanta on Aug. 11. ''I can't say enough about the job since he's come in here, his ability to just attack the strike zone. He's doing it consistently. He's giving us a chance to win, getting deep in ballgames.''

Albers and the Mariners moved within three games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card. All four teams that were directly ahead of Seattle lost.

Cruz's 32nd homer capped a six-run fourth as Seattle opened an 8-0 lead. Haniger homered in the first, tripled in the third and singled in the fourth. He grounded out in the sixth and was on deck when the eighth ended.

''I was just trying to do what I do every other at-bat,'' Haniger said of his final plate appearance. ''Try to drive the ball to the middle of the field and hopefully it gets into a gap, but unfortunately couldn't haul it in there.''

Albers (4-1) allowed four hits while striking out four and walking one. Casey Lawrence gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

Albers was 12-3 at Triple-A Gwinnett before the trade. Prior to his first victory for the Mariners, he hadn't won in the majors since Aug. 12, 2013, with Minnesota - a span of 1,463 days.

''I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relishing this right now,'' the 31-year-old lefty said. ''It's been a great experience so far. Obviously it helps when you pitch well. It's been a lot of fun. I'm very appreciative of the place that I'm at right now. I took a weird route to get here, but so happy to be here and contributing right now.''

Angels starter Andrew Heaney (1-2) left in the third after 60 pitches with shoulder soreness.

With Seattle up 2-0, Guillermo Heredia doubled and scored on Jean Segura's one-out infield single. Haniger's single loaded the bases, and Carlos Ruiz scored on a passed ball to make it 4-0. Robinson Cano followed with an RBI single and Cruz lined an 0-2 pitch over the left-center wall, giving him an AL-high 107 RBIs.

Haniger staked the Mariners to a 1-0 lead in the first with his 11th homer. He tripled in the third and scored when Cano sliced an opposite-field double down the left-field line.

Albers stranded two runners in the first, then struck out Martin Maldonado to end the fourth with runners at second and third.

''He's sneaky,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''I thought we hit some balls hard. He gave them six strong innings, so you've got to give him credit.''

Heaney was removed with one out in the third. He allowed two runs and four hits with two walks in his fifth start since coming off the disabled list. The 26-year-old lefty missed almost all of 2016 and the first 121 games this season with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery.

''It's just tightness in the back of my shoulder,'' Heaney said. ''I felt it the last couple of pitches. It's extremely frustrating. ... I'm not very concerned. I'll come in tomorrow and see how I feel.''

HANIGER'S HOT

Haniger, who missed 18 games from July 30 to Aug. 18 after getting hit in the face by a 95 mph fastball from Mets ace Jacob deGrom, is hitting .486 over his last nine games with three doubles, a triple, three homers and nine RBIs. ''I've been feeling good at the plate,'' Haniger said. ''I think everything's coming together.''

SCIOSCIA TOSSED

Scioscia was ejected by plate umpire David Rackley in the fourth following a visit to the mound. ''Dave's a good umpire, but there were a couple of pitches that, obviously, we didn't agree with,'' Scioscia said.

STAN THE MAN

Cano's third-inning double was his 30th of the year, joining Hall of Famer Stan Musial as the only players with 30 or more doubles in 13 consecutive seasons. Cano is the only player to do it in the first 13 seasons of his career.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, sidelined since early May with right shoulder inflammation, pitched a simulated game but is not ready to return. ''He has worked his tail off even to get to the point to where he got today, but we're kind of running up against it with three weeks left in the season,'' Servais said. ''From where I saw him last time to where he was today, certainly a positive, but he's still got a little work to do.'' ... CF Jarrod Dyson hasn't played since Sept. 2 after aggravating a groin injury that put him on the DL from Aug. 19-31.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Parker Bridwell (7-2, 4.00 ERA) closes out the three-game series at Safeco Field. He has lasted just three innings in each of his last two starts, giving up a total of 13 runs, after allowing 13 runs combined over his seven previous starts.

Mariners: RHP Erasmo Ramirez (5-5, 4.35) makes his eighth start since being acquired from Tampa Bay in late July. Ramirez has pitched six innings in each of his last five starts.

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  • W: A. Albers (4-1)L: A. Heaney (1-2)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (32), M. Haniger (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Phillips 2B30100000.287.323.409.7321.0
N. Fontana 2B00000100.056.150.222.3721.0
M. Trout CF30000001.320.458.6441.1020.0
K. Cowart 3B00000100.231.307.407.7141.0
J. Upton LF30000002.280.367.532.8990.0
J. Graterol C10000002.221.228.273.5010.0
A. Pujols DH30200000.248.292.396.6882.0
a- C. Perez DH10000011.071.071.071.143-0.5
C. Cron 1B41000022.263.315.471.7860.0
A. Simmons SS10000110.281.332.434.7660.5
B. Revere LF20200000.265.301.338.6402.0
K. Calhoun RF30100011.248.332.396.7281.5
S. Robinson RF10000002.192.267.192.4590.0
M. Maldonado C20000012.225.285.380.665-0.5
E. Young CF20110001.267.345.396.7412.0
C. Pennington SS40000002.264.323.343.6660.0
  • a-struck out for Pujols in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS51110003.300.350.421.7713.0
M. Haniger RF43311000.272.354.466.82112.0
R. Cano 2B41320010.284.343.468.8117.5
G. Beckham 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Cruz DH41131012.284.370.535.9067.5
K. Seager 3B30100001.254.322.446.7681.0
a- J. Hannemann LF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Valencia 1B30000111.260.312.415.7280.5
G. Heredia CF41100002.263.329.363.6913.0
C. Ruiz C21100100.230.323.381.7043.0
b- M. Marjama C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Motter 3B40000015.200.265.340.605-0.5
  • a-flied out for Seager in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Ruiz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Calhoun (20)
  • RBI - E. Young (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Young (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano 2 (31), G. Heredia (16)
  • 3B - M. Haniger (2)
  • HR - M. Haniger (11), N. Cruz (32)
  • RBI - J. Segura (38), M. Haniger (39), R. Cano 2 (87), N. Cruz 3 (107)
FIELDING
  • PB - M. Maldonado (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (6)
  • DP - J. Segura, D. Valencia, G. Beckham
  • E - K. Seager (12), D. Valencia (10)
  • PB - C. Ruiz (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)2.14222317.061.66-5.5
B. Wood1.03330105.971.58-2.5
J. Chavez0.23330015.031.37-6.0
D. Guerra2.01000005.091.305.0
T. Scribner2.00000004.181.146.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)2.1
B. Wood1.0
J. Chavez0.2
D. Guerra2.0
T. Scribner2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Albers (W, 4-1)6.04001402.671.2625.0
D. Altavilla1.01000104.861.512.5
S. Simmons1.00002100.001.001.5
C. Lawrence1.02100007.111.911.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Albers (W, 4-1)6.0
D. Altavilla1.0
S. Simmons1.0
C. Lawrence1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 60-36, B. Wood 26-16, J. Chavez 20-14, D. Guerra 29-19, T. Scribner 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 1-3, B. Wood 1-1, J. Chavez 1-1, D. Guerra 3-3, T. Scribner 2-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 13, B. Wood 6, J. Chavez 5, D. Guerra 7, T. Scribner 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Albers 100-67, D. Altavilla 15-11, S. Simmons 15-6, C. Lawrence 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Albers 5-9, S. Simmons 1-0, C. Lawrence 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Albers 23, D. Altavilla 4, S. Simmons 4, C. Lawrence 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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MarinersSEA71-71
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Phillips 2B30100000.287.323.409.7321.0
N. Fontana 2B00000100.056.150.222.3721.0
M. Trout CF30000001.320.458.6441.1020.0
K. Cowart 3B00000100.231.307.407.7141.0
J. Upton LF30000002.280.367.532.8990.0
J. Graterol C10000002.221.228.273.5010.0
A. Pujols DH30200000.248.292.396.6882.0
a- C. Perez DH10000011.071.071.071.143-0.5
C. Cron 1B41000022.263.315.471.7860.0
A. Simmons SS10000110.281.332.434.7660.5
B. Revere LF20200000.265.301.338.6402.0
K. Calhoun RF30100011.248.332.396.7281.5
S. Robinson RF10000002.192.267.192.4590.0
M. Maldonado C20000012.225.285.380.665-0.5
E. Young CF20110001.267.345.396.7412.0
C. Pennington SS40000002.264.323.343.6660.0
Total3317103616-----
  • a-struck out for Pujols in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Segura SS51110003.300.350.421.7713.0
M. Haniger RF43311000.272.354.466.82112.0
R. Cano 2B41320010.284.343.468.8117.5
G. Beckham 2B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
N. Cruz DH41131012.284.370.535.9067.5
K. Seager 3B30100001.254.322.446.7681.0
a- J. Hannemann LF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Valencia 1B30000111.260.312.415.7280.5
G. Heredia CF41100002.263.329.363.6913.0
C. Ruiz C21100100.230.323.381.7043.0
b- M. Marjama C10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
T. Motter 3B40000015.200.265.340.605-0.5
Total35811722414-----
  • a-flied out for Seager in the 7th
  • b-flied out for Ruiz in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Calhoun (20)
  • RBI - E. Young (12)
  • 2-Out RBI - E. Young (8)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Cano 2 (31), G. Heredia (16)
  • 3B - M. Haniger (2)
  • HR - M. Haniger (11), N. Cruz (32)
  • RBI - J. Segura (38), M. Haniger (39), R. Cano 2 (87), N. Cruz 3 (107)
FIELDING
  • PB - M. Maldonado (8)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Heredia (6)
  • DP - J. Segura, D. Valencia, G. Beckham
  • E - K. Seager (12), D. Valencia (10)
  • PB - C. Ruiz (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)2.14222317.061.66-5.5
B. Wood1.03330105.971.58-2.5
J. Chavez0.23330015.031.37-6.0
D. Guerra2.01000005.091.305.0
T. Scribner2.00000004.181.146.0
Total8.01188242---
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney (L, 1-2)2.1
B. Wood1.0
J. Chavez0.2
D. Guerra2.0
T. Scribner2.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Albers (W, 4-1)6.04001402.671.2625.0
D. Altavilla1.01000104.861.512.5
S. Simmons1.00002100.001.001.5
C. Lawrence1.02100007.111.911.0
Total9.0710360---
PITCHERSIP
A. Albers (W, 4-1)6.0
D. Altavilla1.0
S. Simmons1.0
C. Lawrence1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 60-36, B. Wood 26-16, J. Chavez 20-14, D. Guerra 29-19, T. Scribner 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 1-3, B. Wood 1-1, J. Chavez 1-1, D. Guerra 3-3, T. Scribner 2-4
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 13, B. Wood 6, J. Chavez 5, D. Guerra 7, T. Scribner 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Albers 100-67, D. Altavilla 15-11, S. Simmons 15-6, C. Lawrence 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Albers 5-9, S. Simmons 1-0, C. Lawrence 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Albers 23, D. Altavilla 4, S. Simmons 4, C. Lawrence 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Young singled to deep right center, Cron scored18
  • 4TH INNING
    Cruz homered to left, Haniger and Cano scored08
    Cano singled to right, Segura scored, Haniger to third05
    Ruiz scored, Segura to third, Haniger to second on passed ball04
    Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Heredia scored, Ruiz to second03
  • 3RD INNING
    Cano doubled to left, Haniger scored02
  • 1ST INNING
    Haniger homered to left center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Carlos Perez at designated hitter
    • Casey Lawrence relieved Shae Simmons
    • C. Cron: Ball, Cron safe at first on 1st baseman Valencia fielding error
    • B. Revere: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Revere singled to left, Cron to second
    • S. Robinson: Ball, Robinson grounded into double play second to first, Cron to third, Revere out at second
    • E. Young: Ball, Foul, Young singled to deep right center, Cron scored
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pennington grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Shane Robinson in right
    • Gordon Beckham at second
    • Shae Simmons relieved Dan Altavilla
    • N. Fontana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fontana walked
    • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cowart walked, Fontana to second
    • J. Graterol: Strike looking, Graterol grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Fontana to third, Cowart out at second
    • Carlos Perez hit for Albert Pujols
    • C. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Mike Marjama hit for Carlos Ruiz
    • M. Marjama: Marjama flied out to center
    • T. Motter: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Motter flied out to deep right
    • J. Segura: Ball, Segura flied out to left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ben Revere in left
    • E. Young: Eric Young facing Dan Altavilla
    • Dan Altavilla relieved Andrew Albers
    • B. Revere: Strike looking, Ball, Revere singled to right
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Revere to second on passed ball
    • E. Young: Ball, Young popped out to shortstop
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pennington flied out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Juan Graterol catching
    • Cliff Pennington at shortstop
    • Kaleb Cowart at third
    • Nolan Fontana at second
    • Troy Scribner relieved Deolis Guerra
    • Jacob Hannemann hit for Kyle Seager
    • J. Hannemann: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hannemann flied out to right
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Heredia grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • J. Upton: Ball, Upton grounded out to third
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Eric Young in center
    • J. Segura: Ball, Foul, Segura grounded out to first
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cano doubled to shallow right
    • N. Cruz: Cruz flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pennington grounded out to first
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Phillips fouled out to right
    • M. Trout: Ball, Trout flied out to right
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Deolis Guerra relieved Jesse Chavez
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Heredia popped out to second
    • C. Ruiz: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ruiz grounded out to third
    • T. Motter: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Motter flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols singled to left center, Pujols out at second
    • C. Cron: Ball, Strike looking, Cron popped out to second
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked
    • K. Calhoun: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Calhoun doubled to deep right, Simmons to third
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Wood Pitching:
    • G. Heredia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Heredia doubled to deep center
    • C. Ruiz: Ruiz singled to right, Heredia to third
    • T. Motter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Motter popped out to first
    • J. Segura: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Segura reached on an infield single to shortstop, Heredia scored, Ruiz to second
    • Jesse Chavez relieved Blake Wood
    • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger singled to right, Ruiz to third, Segura to second
    • R. Cano: Ball, Ruiz scored, Segura to third, Haniger to second on passed ball, Strike swinging, Cano singled to right, Segura scored, Haniger to third
    • N. Cruz: Foul, Strike looking, Cruz homered to left, Haniger and Cano scored
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager fouled out to third
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Valencia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • C. Pennington: Ball, Strike looking, Pennington flied out to deep left
    • B. Phillips: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phillips flied out to right
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Trout safe at first on 3rd baseman Seager fielding error
    • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt, Upton reached on fielder's choice to third, Trout out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Haniger tripled to deep right
    • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cano doubled to left, Haniger scored
    • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
    • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Strike looking
    • Seager grounded out to first, Cano to third
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Valencia struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep center
    • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Maldonado lined out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Seager singled to left center
    • D. Valencia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valencia walked, Seager to second
    • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Heredia lined out to center, Seager to third
    • C. Ruiz: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ruiz walked, Valencia to second
    • T. Motter: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Motter struck out looking
    • J. Segura: Segura reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ruiz out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Albers Pitching:
    • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phillips singled to right
    • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Trout flied out to deep center
    • J. Upton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Upton lined out to right
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols singled to center, Phillips to second
    • C. Cron: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • J. Segura: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Segura flied out to deep right
    • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Haniger homered to left center
    • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cruz flied out to left
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)