Mariners' Cruz continues power surge vs Angels in 8-2 win

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Nelson Cruz has enjoyed plenty of success over the years against the Los Angeles Angels.

This season has been the best yet.

The veteran slugger hit a three-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and the Seattle Mariners started a 10-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Angels on Thursday night.

Cruz's shot to center field off Neal Ramirez in the fourth was his eighth homer this season versus the Angels, the most by one player in a single year against the franchise, according to Baseball-Reference.

''That ball was in the air forever,'' Seattle manager Scott Servais said. ''Nelson has always swung the bat good against them, for whatever reason. He sees the ball good in this ballpark. There's really no ballpark that can hold him, but he sees real good pitches here.''

The home run was also Cruz's 50th against the Angels, which gave him the second-most for any player against the team. Alex Rodriguez hit 70.

''I play a lot against them,'' Cruz said. ''So maybe that's why.''

Cruz, Mitch Haniger, Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each had two of Seattle's 12 hits.

Los Angeles was eliminated from playoff contention.

Leake (10-9) threw a season-high 114 pitches (80 strikes), allowing one run and four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. His only costly mistake came in the seventh when Justin Upton homered to left.

After going 0-5 in July and August, Leake has won two straight starts for the first time since June 12. It was also the ninth time in 29 starts this season that the right-hander has gone seven innings or more.

''It's kind of nice to see. I had to work to get down in the zone a little bit more,'' Leake said.

Angels starter Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3) went only one-plus inning, allowing three runs and four hits while facing eight batters. He promptly gave up two runs in the first as the first three batters reached base. Haniger led off the game with a double and was driven in two batters later when Cano singled. A sacrifice fly by Ryon Healy scored Denard Span.

''When you have a negative ball-strike ratio, you know things aren't going your way,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.

Haniger's sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the second scored Ben Gamel and extended the lead to 3-0.

The Mariners added two runs in the ninth. Seager's single scored Cano, and Cruz came home on a bases-loaded walk.

Upton had two hits and Mike Trout added a pair of doubles for the Angels.

Los Angeles got a run in the ninth when Trout scored on Jose Fernandez's fielder's choice with the bases loaded.

ANOTHER MILESTONE

Trout became the fifth player in major league history and the second in the American League with seven seasons of 60 extra-base hits or more by his age 26 season. He joined Rodriguez, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. Trout is batting .375 (18 for 48) over his last 15 games with three home runs and eight RBIs.

BULLPEN GAMES

It was the second time in three games that the Angels essentially resorted to a bullpen game. Tuesday's was planned as eight pitchers combined on a two-hitter to beat Texas 1-0. Scioscia said Thursday that it's likely he will have to go with another bullpen game next week.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS Jean Segura missed his third straight game with a flu-like illness, according to Servais. Segura did take part in batting practice and could return to the lineup sometime this weekend. Left fielder Cameron Maybin was also out of the lineup for the second straight day due to illness.

Angels: Tyler Skaggs threw a 48-pitch simulated game in Arizona. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12 due to a groin strain. Scioscia said Skaggs will return to Anaheim to determine his next step.

UP NEXT

Mariners: With lefty James Paxton scratched due to pneumonia, Seattle had not announced a starter for Friday. Servais said it will be a bullpen game.

Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 3.45 ERA) will make his first start at home since June 14, 2017. The right-hander has missed most of the season after injuring his right forearm on March 31 against Oakland.

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SEA80-66
2103000028120
LAA73-74
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  • W: M. Leake (10-9)L: O. Despaigne (2-3)
  • HR: SEA - N. Cruz (36), LAA - J. Upton (27)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger CF42210000.278.361.487.8486.0
G. Heredia CF00000000.221.300.311.6110.0
D. Span LF42100102.270.346.435.7814.0
K. Negron LF00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
R. Cano 2B51210024.283.361.438.8003.0
N. Cruz DH42231023.265.352.539.89010.0
R. Healy 1B30010104.244.279.432.7122.0
K. Seager 3B50210022.218.269.399.6683.0
B. Gamel RF21100300.277.363.378.7415.0
M. Zunino C30110202.192.251.402.6544.0
D. Gordon SS50100006.269.290.333.6221.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF40000011.217.288.381.670-0.5
    D. Fletcher 2B40000011.273.315.356.672-0.5
    M. Trout CF30200110.318.466.6191.0854.5
    M. Hermosillo PR01000000.167.222.214.4371.0
    S. Ohtani DH40100012.294.375.592.9671.5
    K. Cowart PR-DH00000000.132.234.206.4400.0
    J. Upton LF31211111.261.345.462.8077.5
    J. Blash PR00000000.125.237.156.3930.0
    A. Simmons SS40100024.296.342.424.7660.0
    J. Fernandez 1B40010004.277.294.398.6921.0
    T. Ward 3B40000013.198.270.330.600-0.5
    F. Arcia C20000001.234.263.481.7430.0
    a- J. Marte PH00000100.211.254.345.5991.0
    J. Hudson C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-walked for Arcia in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Haniger (33), K. Seager (34)
    • HR - N. Cruz (36)
    • SF - M. Haniger (6), R. Healy (2)
    • RBI - M. Haniger (87), R. Cano (35), N. Cruz 3 (89), R. Healy (71), K. Seager (74), M. Zunino (42)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cano 2 (2), K. Seager, M. Zunino 2 (2), D. Gordon 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Trout 2 (23), S. Ohtani (20)
    • HR - J. Upton (27)
    • RBI - J. Upton (79), J. Fernandez (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, S. Ohtani, J. Upton, T. Ward 2 (2), F. Arcia
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Cano-Gordon-Healy)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Ward-Fletcher-Fernandez; Simmons-Fletcher-Fernandez; Simmons-Fernandez)
    • E - A. Simmons (9)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake (W, 10-9)7.04111513.991.2827.5
    J. Pazos1.00001202.891.263.0
    C. Bradford1.02111103.381.24-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake (W, 10-9)7.0
    J. Pazos1.0
    C. Bradford1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    O. Despaigne (L, 2-3)1.04331207.021.89-9.0
    J. Johnson1.01000103.661.272.5
    T. Cole1.01002003.140.940.0
    N. Ramirez0.23332214.891.32-7.0
    J. Tazawa1.10000007.771.933.0
    P. Bridwell2.010001014.732.185.5
    D. McGuire2.02212006.351.651.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 114-80, J. Pazos 18-12, C. Bradford 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 11-4, C. Bradford 2-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, J. Pazos 4, C. Bradford 6
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Cole (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - O. Despaigne 30-14, J. Johnson 11-8, T. Cole 23-12, N. Ramirez 34-16, J. Tazawa 12-9, P. Bridwell 18-11, D. McGuire 41-26
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-0, J. Tazawa 2-2, P. Bridwell 2-2, D. McGuire 3-3
    • Batters Faced - O. Despaigne 8, J. Johnson 4, T. Cole 6, N. Ramirez 7, J. Tazawa 4, P. Bridwell 6, D. McGuire 10
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    SEA80-66
    2103000028120
    LAA73-74
    000000101261
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger CF42210000.278.361.487.8486.0
    G. Heredia CF00000000.221.300.311.6110.0
    D. Span LF42100102.270.346.435.7814.0
    K. Negron LF00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
    R. Cano 2B51210024.283.361.438.8003.0
    N. Cruz DH42231023.265.352.539.89010.0
    R. Healy 1B30010104.244.279.432.7122.0
    K. Seager 3B50210022.218.269.399.6683.0
    B. Gamel RF21100300.277.363.378.7415.0
    M. Zunino C30110202.192.251.402.6544.0
    D. Gordon SS50100006.269.290.333.6221.0
    Total35812817623-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      K. Calhoun RF40000011.217.288.381.670-0.5
      D. Fletcher 2B40000011.273.315.356.672-0.5
      M. Trout CF30200110.318.466.6191.0854.5
      M. Hermosillo PR01000000.167.222.214.4371.0
      S. Ohtani DH40100012.294.375.592.9671.5
      K. Cowart PR-DH00000000.132.234.206.4400.0
      J. Upton LF31211111.261.345.462.8077.5
      J. Blash PR00000000.125.237.156.3930.0
      A. Simmons SS40100024.296.342.424.7660.0
      J. Fernandez 1B40010004.277.294.398.6921.0
      T. Ward 3B40000013.198.270.330.600-0.5
      F. Arcia C20000001.234.263.481.7430.0
      a- J. Marte PH00000100.211.254.345.5991.0
      J. Hudson C00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      Total3226213817-----
      • a-walked for Arcia in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Haniger (33), K. Seager (34)
      • HR - N. Cruz (36)
      • SF - M. Haniger (6), R. Healy (2)
      • RBI - M. Haniger (87), R. Cano (35), N. Cruz 3 (89), R. Healy (71), K. Seager (74), M. Zunino (42)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Cano 2 (2), K. Seager, M. Zunino 2 (2), D. Gordon 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Trout 2 (23), S. Ohtani (20)
      • HR - J. Upton (27)
      • RBI - J. Upton (79), J. Fernandez (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fletcher, S. Ohtani, J. Upton, T. Ward 2 (2), F. Arcia
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Cano-Gordon-Healy)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Ward-Fletcher-Fernandez; Simmons-Fletcher-Fernandez; Simmons-Fernandez)
      • E - A. Simmons (9)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 10-9)7.04111513.991.2827.5
      J. Pazos1.00001202.891.263.0
      C. Bradford1.02111103.381.24-0.5
      Total9.0622381---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 10-9)7.0
      J. Pazos1.0
      C. Bradford1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      O. Despaigne (L, 2-3)1.04331207.021.89-9.0
      J. Johnson1.01000103.661.272.5
      T. Cole1.01002003.140.940.0
      N. Ramirez0.23332214.891.32-7.0
      J. Tazawa1.10000007.771.933.0
      P. Bridwell2.010001014.732.185.5
      D. McGuire2.02212006.351.651.0
      Total9.01287761---
      PITCHERSIP
      O. Despaigne (L, 2-3)1.0
      J. Johnson1.0
      T. Cole1.0
      N. Ramirez0.2
      J. Tazawa1.1
      P. Bridwell2.0
      D. McGuire2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 114-80, J. Pazos 18-12, C. Bradford 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 11-4, C. Bradford 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, J. Pazos 4, C. Bradford 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Cole (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - O. Despaigne 30-14, J. Johnson 11-8, T. Cole 23-12, N. Ramirez 34-16, J. Tazawa 12-9, P. Bridwell 18-11, D. McGuire 41-26
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 2-0, J. Tazawa 2-2, P. Bridwell 2-2, D. McGuire 3-3
      • Batters Faced - O. Despaigne 8, J. Johnson 4, T. Cole 6, N. Ramirez 7, J. Tazawa 4, P. Bridwell 6, D. McGuire 10
      • 9TH INNING
        Fernandez reached on fielder's choice to first, Hermosillo scored, Cowart to third, Blash out at second82
        Zunino walked, Cruz scored, Seager to third, Gamel to second81
        Seager singled to right, Cano scored, Cruz to second71
      • 7TH INNING
        Upton homered to left61
      • 4TH INNING
        Cruz homered to center, Haniger and Span scored60
      • 2ND INNING
        Haniger hit sacrifice fly to left, Gamel scored30
      • 1ST INNING
        Healy hit sacrifice fly to right, Span scored20
        Cano singled to center, Haniger scored, Span to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Joe Hudson catching
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Cano safe at first on shortstop Simmons fielding error
        • N. Cruz: Cruz singled to left, Cano to second
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Healy flied out to right
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Seager singled to right, Cano scored, Cruz to second
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel walked, Cruz to third, Seager to second
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked, Cruz scored, Seager to third, Gamel to second
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop, Zunino out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Guillermo Heredia in center field
        • Kristopher Negron in left field
        • Chasen Bradford relieved James Pazos
        • M. Trout: Trout doubled to left center
        • Michael Hermosillo ran for Mike Trout
        • S. Ohtani: Foul, Foul, Ohtani doubled to center, Hermosillo to third
        • Kaleb Cowart ran for Shohei Ohtani
        • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Upton walked
        • Jabari Blash ran for Justin Upton
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
        • J. Fernandez: Fernandez reached on fielder's choice to first, Hermosillo scored, Cowart to third, Blash out at second
        • T. Ward: Ball, Strike looking, Ward grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Fernandez out at second
        • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Deck McGuire relieved Parker Bridwell
        • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Foul, Haniger flied out to deep center
        • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Span flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • James Pazos relieved Mike Leake
        • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Ward flied out to deep center
        • Jefry Marte hit for Francisco Arcia
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marte walked
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • P. Bridwell Pitching:
        • K. Seager: Seager flied out to center
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Gamel flied out to center
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Zunino grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to first
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Upton homered to left
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Ball, Simmons lined out to left
        • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Fernandez grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Parker Bridwell relieved Junichi Tazawa
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Cano singled to center
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Healy grounded out to second, Cano out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Tazawa Pitching:
        • D. Gordon: Gordon flied out to left
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Span: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Span lined out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons singled to shallow right
        • J. Fernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fernandez lined out to center
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Arcia grounded out to first
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Taylor Cole
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Haniger singled to center
        • D. Span: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Span singled to left center, Haniger to second
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt to second, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • N. Cruz: Ball, Cruz homered to center, Haniger and Span scored
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Healy walked
        • K. Seager: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked, Healy to second
        • Junichi Tazawa relieved Noe Ramirez
        • M. Zunino: Zunino grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gamel out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout walked
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Taylor Cole relieved Jim Johnson
        • N. Cruz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cruz hit by pitch
        • R. Healy: Healy grounded out to second, Cruz out at second
        • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Seager doubled to right
        • B. Gamel: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Zunino walked, Seager to third, Gamel to second
        • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Ward grounded out to shortstop
        • F. Arcia: Strike looking, Arcia flied out to shallow left
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • O. Despaigne Pitching:
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to right center
        • M. Zunino: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Zunino singled to shallow left, Gamel to second
        • Jim Johnson relieved Odrisamer Despaigne
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon singled to shallow left, Gamel to third, Zunino to second
        • M. Haniger: Haniger hit sacrifice fly to left, Gamel scored
        • D. Span: Span lined out to right
        • R. Cano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Upton singled to shallow center
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
        • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fernandez grounded out to shortstop, Upton out at second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • O. Despaigne Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Haniger doubled to deep left
        • D. Span: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Span walked
        • R. Cano: Cano singled to center, Haniger scored, Span to third
        • N. Cruz: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cruz struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Healy hit sacrifice fly to right, Span scored
        • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to second
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout doubled to left
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)