Mariners' Leake lose perfect game try in 9th, blanks Angels

SEATTLE (AP) A week after the worst start of his career, Mike Leake came back with his best.

Shockingly so.

Leake took a perfect game into the ninth inning, losing his bid at baseball immortality when rookie Luis Rengifo hit a leadoff single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 Friday night.

''It was fun,'' Leake said. ''As you get closer, you get the shakes and you have to calm yourself down. Other than that, it's just a matter of making pitches.''

There were hugs all around the clubhouse after Leake finished off a one-hitter and stopped Seattle's six-game losing streak.

It was an amazing turnaround from his previous outing - the Angels tagged him for seven runs on eight hits in a walk last Friday while he got just two outs, the only time he's been pulled from a start without getting through the first inning. Seattle lost that game 13-0 as two Angels pitchers combined for a no-hitter on a day their club wore the jerseys of late teammate Tyler Skaggs.

''Wow,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''It's baseball, it's just crazy. . Just five, six days ago, he was pitching and they were on everything. So you just never know what you're going to see when you come to the park.''

Leake hadn't come close to giving up a hit before Rengifo sent his 79th pitch cleanly between the first and second baseman. He hadn't gone to a three-ball count on any batter and had reached two balls on just six until the ninth.

The fans gave Leake a standing ovation after the hit and he quickly waved to acknowledge their cheers.

''I had confidence because we'd faced him two times in the game,'' Rengifo said.

After a walk to Kevan Smith, Leake (8-8) retired the next three batters, striking out Mike Trout on a full-count pitch to end it. Leake fanned six and walked one.

Though all smiles, the bearded, 31-year-old righty admitted he was disappointed. He'd never made it past the seventh inning with a no-hitter at any level.

''Oh, yeah, to get that close,'' Leake said. ''Hopefully there's another shot, though.''

Leake threw his second career shutout, erasing the sting of his last start.

''I think a little bit more urgency,'' Leake said when asked about the difference. ''They came out super urgent last game and I didn't want that to happen again.''

Leake, who has been the subject of trade speculation with the rebuilding Mariners, improved to 101-95 in 10 seasons. This was his sixth career complete game, and second this year, in 284 starts.

There have been 23 perfect games in major league history, the last by Felix Hernandez of the Mariners in 2012, who was in the dugout cheering Leake.

Leake said his teammates began to drift away from him in the dugout as the game progressed. Toward the end no one was talking to him, though he would occasionally catch guys eyeballing him to see what he was doing.

Daniel Vogelbach hit two three-run homers and drove in a career high-tying six runs against reliever Jaime Barria (3-3).

Leake kept the Angels off the bases with a fastball that was right around 88 mph, along with a cutter, changeup and curve.

''He mixes pitches and mixes speeds,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''You've got the cutter and sinker moving in two directions. He's got the big curveball. He can sometimes drop his arm a little bit on that and make it sweep away from righties. He did an excellent job, threw strikes. Not a ton of strikeouts, but not a lot of solid contact by us as well. It was his night.''

Seattle has six no-hitters in its history, the last by James Paxton against Toronto in May 2018.

The Mariners hadn't won since before the All-Star break, a stretch that included their no-hitter loss in LA, and had lost 13 of their last 15.

Vogelbach made it 3-0 with a homer in the fourth. He hit his 23rd home run in the fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Albert Pujols sat out Friday's game as a precaution. The first baseman came out of Thursday night's game against the Astros with left hamstring tightness. Manager Brad Ausmus said the hope is Pujols will be ready for Saturday's game against the Mariners. . Reliever Keynan Middleton's rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake City has been shut down due to numbness and tingling in his pitching arm. Ausmus said a test showed that Middleton's grafted UCL remains attached. There's no timetable for his return.

Mariners: Closer Hunter Strickland will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday in his return from a right lat strain that's kept him out since March. Servais said he will need to make three or four appearances in Tacoma before returning to the major league roster to regain his endurance. But he can't get into the lineup soon enough with Seattle's struggles in the bullpen. ... Center fielder Mallex Smith left the game after the fifth inning with a sore right thumb he injured in the game.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (3-5, 4.74 ERA) will make his first career start against the Mariners.

Mariners: Seattle will send a pitcher to be determined to the mound for an inning before turning it over to LHP Wade LeBlanc (5-3, 5.15 ERA).

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  • W: M. Leake (8-8)L: J. Barria (3-3)
  • HR: SEA - D. Vogelbach 2 (23)
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    D. Vogelbach 1B42262002.239.372.512.88316.0
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    K. Seager 3B41100020.193.269.343.6122.0
    T. Murphy C41220010.275.309.527.8365.5
    K. Negron LF-CF30000121.000.143.000.1430.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Crawford (15), K. Seager (7), T. Murphy (6)
      • HR - D. Vogelbach 2 (23)
      • RBI - J. Crawford 2 (28), D. Vogelbach 6 (57), T. Murphy 2 (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, D. Santana 2 (2), D. Vogelbach 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Smith (27)
      • Picked Off - M. Smith
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cole2.01000103.331.305.5
      J. Barria (L, 3-3)3.2910104427.361.64-17.0
      T. Cahill1.11000206.431.423.0
      J. Walsh1.01001202.081.852.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cole2.0
      J. Barria (L, 3-3)3.2
      T. Cahill1.1
      J. Walsh1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Leake (W, 8-8)9.01001604.271.2338.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Leake (W, 8-8)9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cole 25-16, J. Barria 80-45, T. Cahill 24-15, J. Walsh 25-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 3-1, J. Barria 3-3, J. Walsh 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Cole 6, J. Barria 23, T. Cahill 5, J. Walsh 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 98-66
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 10-11
      • Batters Faced - M. Leake 29
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      M. Trout CF40000012.301.449.6551.104-0.5
      S. Ohtani DH30000010.297.355.536.891-0.5
      D. Garneau 1B00000000.260.383.380.7630.0
      A. Simmons SS20000010.288.318.404.722-0.5
      J. Walsh 1B-P10000000.242.286.303.5890.0
      K. Calhoun RF30000000.234.325.471.7960.0
      D. Fletcher 3B-SS30000010.291.354.414.769-0.5
      L. Rengifo 2B30100000.261.329.384.7131.0
      K. Smith C20000100.280.370.441.8111.0
      M. Thaiss 1B-3B30000012.120.185.280.465-0.5
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      J. Barria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        D. Moore LF20000014.194.296.345.641-0.5
        J. Crawford SS41120103.260.330.444.7746.0
        D. Santana RF32100222.277.346.483.8294.0
        D. Vogelbach 1B42262002.239.372.512.88316.0
        A. Nola 1B00000000.324.361.559.9200.0
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        K. Seager 3B41100020.193.269.343.6122.0
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          BATTING
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Trout 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Crawford (15), K. Seager (7), T. Murphy (6)
          • HR - D. Vogelbach 2 (23)
          • RBI - J. Crawford 2 (28), D. Vogelbach 6 (57), T. Murphy 2 (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Crawford 2 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith, D. Santana 2 (2), D. Vogelbach 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Smith (27)
          • Picked Off - M. Smith
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Calhoun (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Cole2.01000103.331.305.5
          J. Barria (L, 3-3)3.2910104427.361.64-17.0
          T. Cahill1.11000206.431.423.0
          J. Walsh1.01001202.081.852.0
          Total8.0121010592---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Cole2.0
          J. Barria (L, 3-3)3.2
          T. Cahill1.1
          J. Walsh1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Leake (W, 8-8)9.01001604.271.2338.0
          Total9.0100160---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Leake (W, 8-8)9.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cole 25-16, J. Barria 80-45, T. Cahill 24-15, J. Walsh 25-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cole 3-1, J. Barria 3-3, J. Walsh 1-0
          • Batters Faced - T. Cole 6, J. Barria 23, T. Cahill 5, J. Walsh 5
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Leake 98-66
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Leake 10-11
          • Batters Faced - M. Leake 29
          • 6TH INNING
            Crawford doubled to deep right, Murphy and Gordon scored010
          • 5TH INNING
            Vogelbach homered to right center, Smith and Santana scored08
          • 4TH INNING
            Murphy singled to deep right, Narvaez and Seager scored, Murphy out at second05
            Vogelbach homered to center, Crawford and Santana scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • L. Rengifo: Foul, Ball, Rengifo singled to right
            • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Rengifo to second
            • M. Thaiss: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thaiss grounded out to second, Rengifo to third, Smith to second
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin popped out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Austin Nola at first base
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Strike looking, Walsh flied out to deep right
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Dustin Garneau at first base
            • K. Negron: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Negron walked
            • D. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop, Negron to second
            • D. Moore: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • J. Crawford: Strike looking, Crawford reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Negron to third, Gordon out at second
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Goodwin flied out to deep right
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout lined out to shortstop
            • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jared Walsh at first base
            • O. Narvaez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Narvaez flied out to center
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Dylan Moore in left field
            • L. Rengifo: Strike looking, Rengifo grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith lined out to center
            • M. Thaiss: Ball, Strike looking, Thaiss flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • T. Murphy: Murphy doubled to deep left
            • K. Negron: Negron lined out to right
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop, Murphy to third
            • D. Moore: Moore popped out to third
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Crawford doubled to deep right, Murphy and Gordon scored
            • Trevor Cahill relieved Jaime Barria
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Santana reached on an infield single to shortstop, Crawford to third
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Simmons struck out on foul tip
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Fletcher struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
            • J. Crawford: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Crawford lined out to right
            • D. Santana: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Smith to second, Smith stole second
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach homered to right center, Smith and Santana scored
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez grounded out to first
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Seager struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goodwin struck out looking
            • M. Trout: Ball, Trout lined out to center
            • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Crawford walked
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana walked, Crawford to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vogelbach homered to center, Crawford and Santana scored
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez singled to left
            • K. Seager: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Seager doubled to deep right center, Narvaez to third
            • T. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Murphy singled to deep right, Narvaez and Seager scored, Murphy out at second
            • K. Negron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Gordon grounded bunt out to third
            • End of the 4th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rengifo grounded out to first
            • K. Smith: Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Thaiss: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Thaiss struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jaime Barria relieved Taylor Cole
            • T. Murphy: Murphy grounded out to second
            • K. Negron: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Negron struck out swinging
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Gordon singled to left
            • M. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to center
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Cole Pitching:
            • D. Vogelbach: Vogelbach grounded out to shortstop
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Narvaez lined out to center
            • K. Seager: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Seager grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Leake Pitching:
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin flied out to deep right
            • M. Trout: Trout lined out to third
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Cole Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to left
            • J. Crawford: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Smith stole second, Smith out at second, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Crawford grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)