Bruce hits 300th HR to help Mariners beat Angels 4-3

SEATTLE (AP) Jay Bruce has accomplished a lot in 10 seasons in the major leagues. On Friday night, he experienced his own beer shower for the first time.

Bruce hit his 300th career home run to join a fairly exclusive group, Tom Murphy hit a two-run shot, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3.

''You know, a personal beer shower, that's probably my first one,'' Bruce said. ''It's good. Cold - it's very cold. If you had told me I was going to hit my 300th home run playing first base for the Seattle Mariners, I probably would have called you crazy.''

Bruce's seventh-inning homer to center field provided the insurance run the Mariners needed to preserve the narrow victory, snapping a three-game losing streak. Bruce, who was an outfielder for much of his career, became the eighth active player with 300 home runs and 300 doubles (he's got 301), achieved in 1,557 games. That list includes teammate Edwin Encarnacion (a late scratch due to a root canal) and the Angels' Albert Pujols.

The win snapped the Angels' three-game winning streak and wasted a fairly strong start by Tyler Skaggs (4-5), who struck out eight and gave up just five hits but made a handful of costly mistakes while giving up four runs in seven innings.

Skaggs' first mistake came a few pitches after Murphy doubled off the top of the wall in the third inning for the Mariners' first hit. Home plate umpire Lance Barksdale called a balk on Skaggs and sent Murphy to third. He easily scored on Dylan Moore's single for a 1-0 lead.

Skaggs messed up again in the fifth when he walked Bruce with two outs. Murphy then homered to right field for a 3-0 lead.

''It's extremely frustrating,'' Skaggs said. ''I thought I was really, really good and the results didn't show up. But at the same time, a lot of positives today. I really, really felt like it was the best I looked this year and (I want to) keep it rolling into the next one.''

The Angels briefly got to Mike Leake (4-6) in the sixth inning when Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani hit back-to-back home runs to left field with two outs. It was the first time Los Angeles has hit consecutive home runs this season, but it wasn't enough for the Angels.

Leake was otherwise flawless. He retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, didn't issue a walk against two strikeouts and scattered five hits in seven innings. He didn't allow a base runner other than Trout and Ohtani past first base.

Servais thought it was Leake's best game in quite some time.

''Mike's a feel guy and he was feeling the breaking ball all night,'' he said.

The Mariners' bullpen again struggled after Leake left. Reliever Austin Adams walked two players after starting the eighth with a popout. Servais went to Jesse Biddle, who allowed Ohtani to single in a run to cut the lead to 4-3. Biddle followed by walking Kole Calhoun to load the bases. Anthony Bass came on and induced a fly ball to end the threat and pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his first save. He's one of seven Seattle relievers with at least one save this season.

The Mariners, league leaders in errors, also got pristine defense with Murphy picking off a runner and Mitch Haniger making a diving catch in right field in the seventh, and Kyle Seager snatching up a slow roller barehanded in the ninth with a snap throw. Bass finished off the game with a strikeout.

''Bass really picked us up tonight,'' Servais said. ''He hasn't been with the ballclub very long but I like what he does. He doesn't' give in.''

BRUCE'S BALL

Bruce hopes to get his home run ball back from the fan who caught it Friday night. He managed to track down home runs No. 100 and No. 200 after he hit them as well.

''Honestly, I couldn't tell you where those are right now, but they're in my house,'' Bruce joked.

MOUND MOVES

Angels: Reliever John Curtiss was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake City and RHP Jake Jewell was optioned to make room a day after he pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Mariners. The team also designated RHP Matt Ramsey for assignment. Ausmus would not confirm that minor leaguer Jose Suarez will start Sunday's game in Seattle in place of regular starter Trevor Cahill, who will be pushed back a day.

Mariners: Servais sat down with LHP Yusei Kikuchi on Friday, a day after his second straight difficult start. The two talked over how the Japanese rookie felt and how he might be used going forward. Kikuchi could make another abbreviated start of one inning next week or he could be pulled for one spin of the rotation. That decision will probably come Saturday.

Seattle continued to tinker with its bullpen Friday, recalling RHP Chasen Bradford from Triple-A Tacoma. He's had 10 major league relief appearances this season with one save and one hold. The Mariners optioned David McKay back to Tacoma to make room.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 3.60 ERA) will make his second start of the season and first on the road after returning from elbow inflammation.

Mariners: LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 3.38 ERA) tries for his second consecutive win after striking out seven and allowing four hits in a 6-2 win over Texas.

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  • W: M. Leake (4-6)L: T. Skaggs (4-5)S: A. Bass (1)
  • HR: LAA - M. Trout (13), S. Ohtani (3), SEA - J. Bruce (14), T. Murphy (3)
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D. Fletcher SS40100001.313.365.443.8081.0
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    D. Santana LF30000031.269.333.471.804-1.5
    K. Seager 3B30000011.214.267.250.517-0.5
    T. Beckham 2B30000020.254.305.514.819-1.0
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    J. Bruce 1B22111100.212.283.533.8168.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - M. Trout (13), S. Ohtani (3)
      • RBI - M. Trout (34), S. Ohtani 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (7), S. Ohtani 2 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lucroy 3 (3), D. Fletcher, J. Walsh
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. Murphy (4)
      • HR - J. Bruce (14), T. Murphy (3)
      • RBI - J. Bruce (28), T. Murphy 2 (6), D. Moore (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (8), T. Murphy 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Seager
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Goodwin (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Moore (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 4-5)7.05441824.501.2810.0
      J. Anderson1.00000205.031.374.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 4-5)7.0
      J. Anderson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 4-6)7.05220224.711.3225.0
      A. Adams (H, 2)0.20112003.861.07-3.0
      J. Biddle0.01001004.502.43-2.0
      A. Bass (S, 1)1.10000201.420.6311.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 4-6)7.0
      A. Adams (H, 2)0.2
      J. Biddle0.0
      A. Bass (S, 1)1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 102-69, J. Anderson 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-8, J. Anderson 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 26, J. Anderson 3
      • Balks - T. Skaggs
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 102-67, A. Adams 18-6, J. Biddle 8-4, A. Bass 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 10-8, A. Bass 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, A. Adams 4, J. Biddle 2, A. Bass 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Trout CF31111100.284.458.5851.0437.0
      S. Ohtani DH41221000.250.330.363.6928.0
      K. Calhoun RF30000110.241.333.487.8210.5
      J. Lucroy C40000003.255.322.416.7380.0
      B. Goodwin LF40200010.292.356.462.8180.5
      D. Fletcher SS40100001.313.365.443.8081.0
      J. Walsh 1B40000011.292.346.333.679-0.5
      L. Rengifo 2B21000110.217.309.304.6131.5
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        M. Smith CF40000010.191.272.291.563-0.5
        M. Haniger RF40100000.230.320.482.8031.0
        D. Santana LF30000031.269.333.471.804-1.5
        K. Seager 3B30000011.214.267.250.517-0.5
        T. Beckham 2B30000020.254.305.514.819-1.0
        D. Vogelbach DH30000010.241.371.562.932-0.5
        J. Bruce 1B22111100.212.283.533.8168.0
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          BATTING
          • HR - M. Trout (13), S. Ohtani (3)
          • RBI - M. Trout (34), S. Ohtani 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (7), S. Ohtani 2 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lucroy 3 (3), D. Fletcher, J. Walsh
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. Murphy (4)
          • HR - J. Bruce (14), T. Murphy (3)
          • RBI - J. Bruce (28), T. Murphy 2 (6), D. Moore (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Bruce (8), T. Murphy 2 (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Seager
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Goodwin (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - D. Moore (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs (L, 4-5)7.05441824.501.2810.0
          J. Anderson1.00000205.031.374.0
          Total8.05441102---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs (L, 4-5)7.0
          J. Anderson1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Leake (W, 4-6)7.05220224.711.3225.0
          A. Adams (H, 2)0.20112003.861.07-3.0
          J. Biddle0.01001004.502.43-2.0
          A. Bass (S, 1)1.10000201.420.6311.0
          Total9.0633342---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Leake (W, 4-6)7.0
          A. Adams (H, 2)0.2
          J. Biddle0.0
          A. Bass (S, 1)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 102-69, J. Anderson 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 4-8, J. Anderson 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 26, J. Anderson 3
          • Balks - T. Skaggs
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 102-67, A. Adams 18-6, J. Biddle 8-4, A. Bass 21-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 10-8, A. Bass 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Leake 25, A. Adams 4, J. Biddle 2, A. Bass 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Ohtani singled to shallow left, Rengifo scored, Trout to second34
          • 7TH INNING
            Bruce homered to center24
          • 6TH INNING
            Ohtani homered to left23
            Trout homered to left center13
          • 5TH INNING
            Murphy homered to right center, Bruce scored03
          • 3RD INNING
            Moore singled to shallow left center, Murphy scored01
          • 8TH INNING
            • Austin Adams relieved Mike Leake
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Strike looking, Walsh flied out to deep right
            • L. Rengifo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rengifo walked
            • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, La Stella flied out to deep right
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Rengifo to second
            • Jesse Biddle relieved Austin Adams
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ohtani singled to shallow left, Rengifo scored, Trout to second
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun walked, Trout to third, Ohtani to second
            • Anthony Bass relieved Jesse Biddle
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Anderson relieved Tyler Skaggs
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin singled to shallow left
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Goodwin caught stealing second, catcher to second, Ball, Ball, Fletcher flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • J. Bruce: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce homered to center
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to pitcher
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Trout homered to left center
            • S. Ohtani: Ohtani homered to left
            • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to first
            • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Haniger singled to left
            • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
            • K. Seager: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Seager flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy flied out to right
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Goodwin flied out to center
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fletcher singled to center
            • J. Walsh: Walsh lined out to left
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • T. Beckham: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Beckham struck out looking
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vogelbach flied out to deep left
            • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bruce walked
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Murphy homered to right center, Bruce scored
            • D. Moore: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Moore grounded out to first
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout flied out to deep right
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ohtani grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Haniger lined out to center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • J. Walsh: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walsh grounded out to first
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to deep center
            • T. Murphy: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Murphy doubled to deep center
            • D. Moore: Ball, Murphy to third on balk, Moore singled to shallow left center, Murphy scored
            • M. Smith: Moore caught stealing second, pitcher to first to shortstop to second, Ball, Ball, Smith flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin singled to shallow center
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • K. Seager: Ball, Foul, Seager lined out to first
            • T. Beckham: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • T. La Stella: Foul, La Stella lined out to left
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout flied out to deep right
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Foul, Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Haniger lined out to center
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)