Bruce hits first homer as Mariners batter Red Sox 6-5

SEATTLE (AP) Five games into the season, Seattle manager Scott Servais had a message for Mariners fans: Don't go to sleep.

The Mariners once again battered Boston's starting pitchers but nearly handed over another game in the ninth inning, holding on to beat the Red Sox 6-5 on Saturday night. Seattle started the ninth with a comfortable 6-2 lead, but young third baseman Dylan Moore committed three straight errors leading to three runs in his first major league start.

The nervy ending came a night after Red Sox pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run in the ninth to steal a 7-6 victory.

''I will say for all Mariners fans in the Midwest and the east part of the country, stay up late and watch the end of our games,'' Servais said. ''You never know what you're going to get.''

Jay Bruce hit his first home run for Seattle, a three-run shot to center field, and the heavy-hitting Mariners continued to dominate Boston's starting pitching in the win.

The Mariners have hit a home run in every game this season and continued to beat up Red Sox starters, with Bruce helping to chase Eduardo Rodriguez (0-1) in the fifth inning. Eight Seattle batters have hit 13 combined home runs, with nine coming against the defending World Series champions.

''We've got a group of guys who come in here, we know what we want to do, we know what approach we want to take,'' Bruce said. ''What I've been most impressed with is the consistency of the work pregame. The game is the game, there are a lot of things you can't control. But everybody comes here to work. It's been crisp, consistent and I think it kind of echoes throughout the whole clubhouse.''

Red Sox starters Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Rodriguez have given up 20 hits and 18 earned runs in the series. Bruce's homer gave the Mariners 24 runs in their first 22 innings of the series. They've scored 21 of 42 runs this season on homers.

''I think our guys are prepared going into games,'' Servais said. ''You see early in games we're ready to hit. It doesn't take us one time through the lineup for guys to make adjustments.''

Boston manager Alex Cora had hoped Rodriquez could provide early help for his much-questioned bullpen with a goal of six or seven innings in the start. But the Mariners started hot with two runs in the first on RBI hits from Tim Beckham and Ryon Healy, both surging to start the season. Rodriquez reached 80 pitches in the fourth inning and was pulled after throwing 105 over 4 2/3 innings. He allowed eight hits, five earned runs, with five strikeouts and three walks.

''We don't expect this but they're human,'' Cora said of his starters. ''We know that's not going to be the norm. They're going to be OK.''

Seattle starter Mike Leake was efficient in his first start after a dodgy preseason, scattering seven hits over six innings, with seven strikeouts and two walks. Leake (1-0) allowed RBI singles to Moreland in the second and J.D. Martinez in the third and got out of a jam in the fifth when he struck out Bogaerts with two men on base.

Seattle seemed on its way to an easy victory until Boston scored three times in the ninth thanks to Moore, who committed two throwing errors and one fielding error - all with two outs. With the tying run at third base after the third of Moore's errors, Nick Rumbelow struck out Bogaerts looking for his first save. Bogaerts struck out twice with four runners left on base.

''The only thing that cures something like that is hard work,'' Moore said. ''You go out every day and work on your craft and get better at what you do.''

TRAINING ROOM

Mariners closer Hunter Strickland was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain following a blown save in Friday's 7-6 loss. The right-hander experienced stiffness in the back of his shoulder before giving up a three-run pinch-hit home run to Moreland in the ninth inning. While Strickland's status is uncertain, the Mariners brought up RHP David McKay and could get help as soon as next week with the return of right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak, who completed a minor league appearance on Friday night. ... RHP Shawn Armstrong will throw 25 pitches from the mound for the first time Sunday since straining his oblique. ... The Mariners moved third baseman Kyle Seager to the 60-day injured list. Seager is recovering from hand surgery after injuring himself diving for a ball in spring training.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (17-7, 4.28 in 2018) makes his season debut after turning in one of his strongest seasons in 2018. Porcello recorded a career best 190 strikeouts, averaging 8.94 per nine innings.

Mariners: LHP Wade LeBlanc (9-5, 3.72 in 2018) makes his first appearance of the season after a quiet spring training in which he made just two starts. LeBlanc pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings in his last appearance vs. the Red Sox on June 16 last year.

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BOS1-2
011000003592
SEA4-1
20013000X6103
  • W: M. Leake (1-0)L: E. Rodriguez (0-1)S: N. Rumbelow (1)
  • HR: SEA - J. Bruce (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Benintendi LF41100122.167.267.167.4332.0
M. Betts RF51000012.267.267.267.5330.5
R. Devers 3B41200101.333.429.417.8456.0
J. Martinez DH50210004.357.357.571.9293.0
X. Bogaerts SS50000036.167.231.500.731-1.5
M. Moreland 1B41100002.250.333.7501.0833.0
B. Swihart C30000021.000.250.000.250-1.0
a- C. Vazquez PH11100000.375.375.8751.2502.0
J. Bradley CF40210011.250.250.250.5002.5
B. Holt 2B20000121.000.333.000.3330.0
b- E. Nunez PH10000001.111.111.222.3330.0
  • a-singled for Swihart in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Holt in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Haniger CF51100021.273.346.500.8461.0
D. Santana LF51100011.348.423.8261.2493.5
E. Encarnacion DH41200012.222.417.389.8062.5
J. Bruce RF32131102.111.261.278.53910.0
T. Beckham SS30110121.474.5451.0531.5982.0
R. Healy 1B41210001.333.364.8571.2216.0
T. Murphy C20100212.500.750.5001.2502.5
D. Moore 3B40000035.000.333.000.333-1.5
D. Gordon 2B40110002.238.227.238.4654.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Moreland
    • RBI - J. Martinez (3), J. Bradley
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 2 (2), J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts 4 (4), M. Moreland, B. Holt
    BATTING
    • 2B - R. Healy 2 (5)
    • HR - J. Bruce
    • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (5), T. Beckham (6), R. Healy (6), D. Gordon (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Beckham (3), R. Healy (4), D. Gordon
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger, J. Bruce, T. Beckham, T. Murphy 2 (2), D. Moore, D. Gordon 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - R. Devers
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Santana (2), D. Gordon (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Holt-Moreland)
    • E - M. Moreland, B. Swihart
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gordon-Moore-Healy)
    • E - D. Moore 3 (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)4.186535110.382.54-6.5
    H. Hembree1.22000200.001.292.0
    T. Thornburg1.00001209.001.503.0
    H. Velazquez1.00000105.401.203.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)4.1
    H. Hembree1.2
    T. Thornburg1.0
    H. Velazquez1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Leake (W, 1-0)6.07222703.001.5020.5
    B. Brennan2.01000200.000.806.0
    Z. Rosscup0.21301103.383.00-1.5
    N. Rumbelow (S, 1)0.100001040.504.507.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Leake (W, 1-0)6.0
    B. Brennan2.0
    Z. Rosscup0.2
    N. Rumbelow (S, 1)0.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-61, H. Hembree 25-15, T. Thornburg 25-15, H. Velazquez 12-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-3, H. Hembree 1-2, H. Velazquez 2-0
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 7, T. Thornburg 4, H. Velazquez 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Leake
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 97-60, B. Brennan 18-15, Z. Rosscup 24-14, N. Rumbelow 6-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 4-7, B. Brennan 3-0, Z. Rosscup 3-0, N. Rumbelow 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, B. Brennan 6, Z. Rosscup 6, N. Rumbelow 2
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Benintendi LF41100122.167.267.167.4332.0
    M. Betts RF51000012.267.267.267.5330.5
    R. Devers 3B41200101.333.429.417.8456.0
    J. Martinez DH50210004.357.357.571.9293.0
    X. Bogaerts SS50000036.167.231.500.731-1.5
    M. Moreland 1B41100002.250.333.7501.0833.0
    B. Swihart C30000021.000.250.000.250-1.0
    a- C. Vazquez PH11100000.375.375.8751.2502.0
    J. Bradley CF40210011.250.250.250.5002.5
    B. Holt 2B20000121.000.333.000.3330.0
    b- E. Nunez PH10000001.111.111.222.3330.0
    Total38592031121-----
    • a-singled for Swihart in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Holt in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Haniger CF51100021.273.346.500.8461.0
    D. Santana LF51100011.348.423.8261.2493.5
    E. Encarnacion DH41200012.222.417.389.8062.5
    J. Bruce RF32131102.111.261.278.53910.0
    T. Beckham SS30110121.474.5451.0531.5982.0
    R. Healy 1B41210001.333.364.8571.2216.0
    T. Murphy C20100212.500.750.5001.2502.5
    D. Moore 3B40000035.000.333.000.333-1.5
    D. Gordon 2B40110002.238.227.238.4654.0
    Total346106141017-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moreland
      • RBI - J. Martinez (3), J. Bradley
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bradley
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Benintendi 2 (2), J. Martinez, X. Bogaerts 4 (4), M. Moreland, B. Holt
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Healy 2 (5)
      • HR - J. Bruce
      • RBI - J. Bruce 3 (5), T. Beckham (6), R. Healy (6), D. Gordon (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Beckham (3), R. Healy (4), D. Gordon
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Haniger, J. Bruce, T. Beckham, T. Murphy 2 (2), D. Moore, D. Gordon 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Devers
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Santana (2), D. Gordon (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Holt-Moreland)
      • E - M. Moreland, B. Swihart
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gordon-Moore-Healy)
      • E - D. Moore 3 (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)4.186535110.382.54-6.5
      H. Hembree1.22000200.001.292.0
      T. Thornburg1.00001209.001.503.0
      H. Velazquez1.00000105.401.203.5
      Total8.010654101---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 0-1)4.1
      H. Hembree1.2
      T. Thornburg1.0
      H. Velazquez1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 1-0)6.07222703.001.5020.5
      B. Brennan2.01000200.000.806.0
      Z. Rosscup0.21301103.383.00-1.5
      N. Rumbelow (S, 1)0.100001040.504.507.5
      Total9.09523110---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 1-0)6.0
      B. Brennan2.0
      Z. Rosscup0.2
      N. Rumbelow (S, 1)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 105-61, H. Hembree 25-15, T. Thornburg 25-15, H. Velazquez 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-3, H. Hembree 1-2, H. Velazquez 2-0
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 24, H. Hembree 7, T. Thornburg 4, H. Velazquez 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Leake
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 97-60, B. Brennan 18-15, Z. Rosscup 24-14, N. Rumbelow 6-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 4-7, B. Brennan 3-0, Z. Rosscup 3-0, N. Rumbelow 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 27, B. Brennan 6, Z. Rosscup 6, N. Rumbelow 2
      • 9TH INNING
        Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore throwing error, Betts scored, Devers to third56
        Devers safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore fielding error, Benintendi scored, Betts to third46
        Betts safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore throwing error, Vazquez scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second36
      • 5TH INNING
        Bruce homered to center, Santana and Encarnacion scored26
      • 4TH INNING
        Gordon singled to left, Healy scored23
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez singled to left, Devers scored22
      • 2ND INNING
        Bradley singled to center, Moreland scored12
      • 1ST INNING
        Healy doubled to deep left, Bruce scored, Beckham to third02
        Beckham singled to center, Haniger scored, Bruce to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Zac Rosscup relieved Brandon Brennan
        • Christian Vazquez hit for Blake Swihart
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Vazquez singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Bradley struck out on foul tip
        • Eduardo Nunez hit for Brock Holt
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nunez grounded out to shortstop, Vazquez to second
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi walked
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore throwing error, Vazquez scored, Benintendi to third, Betts to second
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore fielding error, Benintendi scored, Betts to third
        • Nick Rumbelow relieved Zac Rosscup
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Martinez safe at first on 3rd baseman Moore throwing error, Betts scored, Devers to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 3 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Brennan Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland grounded out to third, Martinez out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Velazquez relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to second
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to third
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brandon Brennan relieved Mike Leake
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts grounded out to third
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Heath Hembree
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Healy popped out to first
        • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
        • D. Moore: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Swihart struck out on foul tip
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley singled to right
        • B. Holt: Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • H. Hembree Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Haniger grounded out to third
        • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Santana singled to right
        • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Santana stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
        • J. Bruce: Bruce lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Ball, Benintendi reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Betts fouled out to catcher
        • R. Devers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Devers reached on an infield single to shortstop, Benintendi to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez lined out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Santana safe at first on 1st baseman Moreland fielding error
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion singled to left, Santana to second
        • J. Bruce: Bruce homered to center, Santana and Encarnacion scored
        • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy flied out to left
        • Heath Hembree relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Murphy singled to center, Beckham to third
        • D. Moore: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Gordon flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Swihart struck out on foul tip
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bradley lined out to center
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Holt struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Foul, Ball, Healy doubled to deep right
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
        • D. Moore: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moore grounded out to second, Healy to third, Murphy out at second
        • D. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon singled to left, Healy scored
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gordon stole second, Gordon to third on catcher Swihart throwing error, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Haniger struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Betts flied out to deep left
        • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers stole second, Martinez singled to left, Devers scored
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to right
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Foul, Moreland grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. Santana: Ball, Santana flied out to deep right
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Encarnacion singled to left
        • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Bruce fouled out to third
        • T. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • M. Moreland: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moreland doubled to left center
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart grounded out to second, Moreland to third
        • J. Bradley: Bradley singled to center, Moreland scored
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked, Bradley to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • D. Moore: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
        • D. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Haniger grounded out to second
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Leake Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Betts struck out on foul tip
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers singled to left
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Haniger singled to center
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike looking, Encarnacion grounded out to third, Haniger to second
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
        • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beckham singled to center, Haniger scored, Bruce to third
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Healy doubled to deep left, Bruce scored, Beckham to third
        • T. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)