LeBlanc shuts down Red Sox in Mariners' 1-0 win

SEATTLE (AP) Despite having a fastball that doesn't reach 90 miles an hour, Wade LeBlanc effectively shut down one of the best lineups in the American League.

LeBlanc pitched into the eighth inning and Nelson Cruz had an RBI single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night.

LeBlanc gave up just two hits and struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings. After a single by Mookie Betts on the opening at-bat of the game, he retired the next 22 batters until Eduardo Nunez singled with two outs in the eighth.

''What a changeup he had today. That has been his bread and butter his whole career, but today was probably the best one we've seen all year,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''He knows his craft very well and when he gets on a roll like that, he just keeps riding it.''

LeBlanc (3-0) wasn't a part of the Mariners starting rotation until the first week of May. But since replacing an injured Erasmo Ramirez in the rotation, LeBlanc has shined for the Mariners. He's posted a 2.06 ERA in nine starts and Saturday's gem was the best of the lot.

A near-capacity crowd at Safeco Field saluted LeBlanc with a standing ovation as he left the field after Nunez's single.

''That's a really neat moment. Guys that throw 86 (mph) don't really get standing ovations really often,'' LeBlanc said chuckling. ''I definitely wanted to kind of take them in and show my appreciation for it.''

Alex Colome got pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland to pop out to end the eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 27th save.

It was LeBlanc's first start of more than seven innings pitched since his first outing of the 2011 season with the San Diego Padres. His nine strikeouts were also his most since striking out 10 against the Los Angeles Dodgers that same season.

''He reminds me of that guy on the wall over there,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said gesturing toward a photo of Jamie Moyer. ''LeBlanc was outstanding. Back-door cutters, front-door sinkers and mixed up his breaking ball halfway through the game, all on the edge of the strike zone.''

LeBlanc had a little help from Dee Gordon at second base with diving stops to rob Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts of base hits.

The Mariners needed LeBlanc's stellar outing as they struggled to get a lot going against knuckleballer Steven Wright.

Wright (2-1) held Seattle to just one run and five hits with two walks and four strikeouts over seven innings.

Three singles - all to left field - off Wright in the third inning gave the Mariners their early advantage. Gordon reached with one out while Mitch Haniger and Cruz each singled with two down.

''We got just enough off of a really tough knuckleballer,'' Servais said. ''Our guys are not used to seeing that and he was really good. The ball was dancing everywhere. He threw a lot of strikes with it.

''Our guy was just a little bit better.''

It snapped Wright's string of 25 1/3 scoreless innings, which topped the stretch of 25 scoreless innings by Oakland's Daniel Mengden for the longest in the majors this season.

GILBERT SIGNED

The Mariners signed first-round pick Logan Gilbert earlier in the day. The right-handed pitcher from Stetson University posted a 2.52 ERA while going 11-1 with 157 strikeouts and 23 walks in 15 starts. His 157 strikeouts lead NCAA Division-I baseball this season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz played catch in the outfield on Friday and is expected to do so again on Sunday. Manager Alex Cora said Pomeranz still felt stiff from his left biceps tendinitis but that they didn't feel it was anything serious. ''He was moving around better today,'' Cora said.

Mariners: RHP Juan Nicasio threw a live bullpen session prior to Saturday's game. Nicasio is expected to be activated from the disabled list during Seattle's upcoming series in New York. He's eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday after having fluid buildup in his right knee.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (8-1) has won each of his last five starts and hasn't allowed more than two runs in a start since May 15. He's posted a 2.15 ERA over 29 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts over his last five outings.

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (7-3) has pitched at least six innings in each of his last five starts, posting a 3-0 record with a 1.77 ERA over that span.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
BOS48-24
000000000021
SEA46-25
00100000X160
  • W: W. LeBlanc (3-0)L: S. Wright (2-1)S: E. Diaz (27)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40100030.346.424.7121.136-0.5
A. Benintendi LF30000001.292.380.538.9180.0
J. Martinez DH30000020.316.388.6411.028-1.0
R. Devers 3B30000010.236.285.407.692-0.5
X. Bogaerts SS30000010.276.338.507.844-0.5
E. Nunez 2B30100000.247.277.350.6271.0
B. Swihart 1B20000010.152.222.182.404-0.5
a- M. Moreland PH-1B10000001.271.343.537.8800.0
C. Vazquez C20000010.214.258.286.544-0.5
b- B. Holt PH10000010.302.381.422.803-0.5
J. Bradley CF30000020.182.276.286.562-1.0
  • a-popped out for Swihart in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Vazquez in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Gordon 2B41100011.284.305.356.6610.5
J. Segura SS40100012.343.363.493.8561.5
M. Haniger RF30100111.272.358.518.8761.5
N. Cruz DH40110012.248.336.509.8451.5
K. Seager 3B30100002.227.276.419.6951.0
R. Healy 1B30000001.257.289.485.7740.0
D. Span LF20100100.259.368.415.7832.0
M. Zunino C30000012.207.266.445.711-0.5
G. Heredia CF30000010.248.352.358.710-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Segura (21)
    • RBI - N. Cruz (39)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (20)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - D. Gordon (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Swihart)
    • E - R. Devers (14)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Wright (L, 2-1)7.05112401.231.0413.0
    B. Workman1.01000200.000.633.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Wright (L, 2-1)7.0
    B. Workman1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)7.22000902.631.1033.5
    A. Colome (H, 7)0.10000004.031.310.0
    E. Diaz (S, 27)1.00000302.370.8711.5
    PITCHERSIP
    W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)7.2
    A. Colome (H, 7)0.1
    E. Diaz (S, 27)1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 106-68, B. Workman 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 9-7
    • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, B. Workman 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 98-73, A. Colome 2-2, E. Diaz 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 9-4
    • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 24, A. Colome, E. Diaz 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    BOS48-24
    000000000021
    SEA46-25
    00100000X160
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100030.346.424.7121.136-0.5
    A. Benintendi LF30000001.292.380.538.9180.0
    J. Martinez DH30000020.316.388.6411.028-1.0
    R. Devers 3B30000010.236.285.407.692-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30000010.276.338.507.844-0.5
    E. Nunez 2B30100000.247.277.350.6271.0
    B. Swihart 1B20000010.152.222.182.404-0.5
    a- M. Moreland PH-1B10000001.271.343.537.8800.0
    C. Vazquez C20000010.214.258.286.544-0.5
    b- B. Holt PH10000010.302.381.422.803-0.5
    J. Bradley CF30000020.182.276.286.562-1.0
    Total2802000122-----
    • a-popped out for Swihart in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Vazquez in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Gordon 2B41100011.284.305.356.6610.5
    J. Segura SS40100012.343.363.493.8561.5
    M. Haniger RF30100111.272.358.518.8761.5
    N. Cruz DH40110012.248.336.509.8451.5
    K. Seager 3B30100002.227.276.419.6951.0
    R. Healy 1B30000001.257.289.485.7740.0
    D. Span LF20100100.259.368.415.7832.0
    M. Zunino C30000012.207.266.445.711-0.5
    G. Heredia CF30000010.248.352.358.710-0.5
    Total2916102611-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Segura (21)
      • RBI - N. Cruz (39)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Cruz (20)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Gordon (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Swihart)
      • E - R. Devers (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gordon-Segura-Healy)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Wright (L, 2-1)7.05112401.231.0413.0
      B. Workman1.01000200.000.633.0
      Total8.0611260---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Wright (L, 2-1)7.0
      B. Workman1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)7.22000902.631.1033.5
      A. Colome (H, 7)0.10000004.031.310.0
      E. Diaz (S, 27)1.00000302.370.8711.5
      Total9.02000120---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. LeBlanc (W, 3-0)7.2
      A. Colome (H, 7)0.1
      E. Diaz (S, 27)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Wright 106-68, B. Workman 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Wright 9-7
      • Batters Faced - S. Wright 27, B. Workman 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. LeBlanc 98-73, A. Colome 2-2, E. Diaz 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. LeBlanc 9-4
      • Batters Faced - W. LeBlanc 24, A. Colome, E. Diaz 3
      • 3RD INNING
        Cruz singled to shallow left, Gordon scored, Haniger to second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Alex Colome
        • Brock Holt hit for Christian Vazquez
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to right
        • Alex Colome relieved Wade LeBlanc
        • Mitch Moreland hit for Blake Swihart
        • M. Moreland: Strike (foul tip), Moreland popped out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Workman relieved Steven Wright
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
        • J. Segura: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Segura doubled to deep left
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Cruz fouled out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Martinez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Span walked
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Span out at second
        • G. Heredia: Heredia grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Swihart grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Foul, Haniger flied out to left
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz lined out to left
        • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager singled to right center
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Healy flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers lined out to pitcher
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Heredia safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Heredia out at second
        • J. Segura: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Segura struck out swinging
        • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon caught stealing, catcher to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 4TH INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi flied out to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Ball, Healy flied out to right
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Span grounded out to first
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Zunino lined out to right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swihart struck out looking
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez flied out to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • G. Heredia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Heredia struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to shallow left
        • J. Segura: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Segura flied out to deep center
        • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Haniger singled to shallow left, Gordon to second
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Cruz singled to shallow left, Gordon scored, Haniger to second
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Healy grounded out to third
        • D. Span: Ball, Ball, Span reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Zunino struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. LeBlanc Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to left
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Benintendi grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Betts out at second
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Wright Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon lined out to left
        • J. Segura: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Segura grounded out to second
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger walked
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)