Cruz, Mariners beat LA Angels 5-3

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon, left, celebrates with center fielder Guillermo Heredia after the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday in Seattle.

SEATTLE (AP) — A healthy and confident Nelson Cruz usually means good things are on the horizon for the Seattle Mariners.

Cruz homered twice and the surprising Mariners overcame Mike Trout's two home runs to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 on Monday night.

"(Cruz) feels good about his swing and where his body is at, which is good," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "For home run hitters, it goes in streaks. You see guys hit five, six, seven — they just get in that groove. And he's certainly in that groove right now. So, hopefully we can ride it as long as we can."

Ryon Healy hit a two-run shot for the Mariners, who chased Andrew Heaney early and won for the ninth time in 11 games. Seattle sits atop the AL West by a half-game over the World Series champion Houston Astros.

Trout tied Boston slugger J.D. Martinez for the major league lead with 21 homers. Albert Pujols also went deep for the Angels.

Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc (2-0) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings. He loaded the bases in the fifth but struck out Justin Upton to escape unscathed.

"(LeBlanc) gives you a different look every pitch. He moves the fastball around," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Reminds me of the way Jamie Moyer used to pitch. He takes enough off and keeps guys off balance. We had some opportunities but he made some pitches."

Cruz homered leading off the fourth. Kyle Seager followed with a single and Healy launched a drive over the left-field fence to give the Mariners a 5-2 lead.

Trout cut the margin to two with his second homer of the game, but Edwin Diaz pitched a clean ninth for his major league-best 24th save in 27 chances.

Trout and Pujols homered in the first before Cruz tied it in the bottom half with a tworun shot to center.

Heaney (3-5) was shaky after throwing a one-hit shutout against Kansas City in his previous start — on his 27th birthday, no less. This time, the left-hander was tagged for five runs and seven hits in three-plus innings.

"Giving up homers never wins you games, not like that," Heaney said. "Not that early, not that often."


Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (6-3) will make his 14th start of the season and second against the Angels. He's 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA, 24 strikeouts and two walks in his last six outings.