SEATTLE -- Left-hander Andrew Heaney followed up his best start of the season with one of his worst, yielding five runs over three-plus innings in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners in Monday night's series opener at Safeco Field.Heaney, who was coming off a one-hit shutout against the Royals on
SEATTLE -- Left-hander Andrew Heaney followed up his best start of the season with one of his worst, yielding five runs over three-plus innings in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners in Monday night's series opener at Safeco Field.
Heaney, who was coming off a one-hit shutout against the Royals on his 27th birthday last week, had allowed just four home runs through his first 10 starts of the season, but he surrendered three on Monday, including two to Nelson Cruz. Heaney was chased without recording an out in the fourth and departed after giving up seven hits, walking one and striking out two.
"Giving up homers never wins you games," Heaney said. "Not like that. Not that early, not that often."
Michael Trout crushed his 20th and 21st home runs of the season, and Jose Pujols added the 624th of his career, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Angels (37-30) from slipping 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Mariners in the American League West.
The Angels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first after Trout and Pujols homered off Seattle left-hander Wade LeBlanc, but the Mariners tied it in the bottom half of the inning on Cruz's two-run shot off Heaney.
Heaney avoided damage over the next two innings, but he unraveled in the fourth, allowing all five batters he faced to reach base. Cruz led off the inning with his second home run of the night, a 415-foot bomb that hit the batter's eye in center field and put the Mariners ahead, 3-2. After Kyle Seager singled, Ryon Healy extended Seattle's lead to 5-2 with a two-run homer to left-center field.
Heaney then yielded a double to Guillermo Heredia and a walk to Denard Span, prompting manager Mike Scioscia to replace him with reliever Noe Ramirez. Heaney left runners on first and second with no outs, but Ramirez worked out of the jam by striking out Mike Zunino and coaxing an inning-ending double play from Dee Gordon.
"Andrew just looked like he missed some spots with his fastball," manager Mike Scioscia said. "Those guys tonight didn't miss him. Cruz got a hold of a couple fastballs. Just didn't seem like he got settled in to be able to repeat pitches like he did in his last start."
The Angels came back to threaten in the fifth after Jabari Blash walked and Martin Maldonado doubled, putting runners on second and third with one out for the top of the Angels' batting order. LeBlanc induced a flyout from Ian Kinsler before the Mariners intentionally walked Trout to load the bases with two outs. The gamble paid off, as Justin Upton subsequently struck out swinging on an 83.6-mph cutter from LeBlanc to quash the Angels' rally. Upton is now 3-for-25 against LeBlanc in his career.
"He just kind of gives you a different look every pitch," Scioscia said. "He moves his fastball around. He reminds me of the way Jamie Moyer used to pitch when he was here. He just kind of takes enough off and keeps guys off balance. He pitched a good five innings for those guys tonight. We had some opportunities, but he made some pitches."
Trout homered off reliever Ryan Cook to start the eighth, securing his 11th career multi-homer game and cutting the Mariners' lead to 5-3. The Angels also put runners on first and second with two outs after Pujols reached on an error and Jose Fernandez singled, but Cook struck out Blash to preserve the Mariners' lead.
Closer Edwin Diaz then worked a 1-2-3 ninth to shut the door for the Mariners.
Jefry Marte exited the game after sustaining a left wrist contusion on a play at first base in the third inning. Luis Valbuena barehanded a bunt attempt by Gordon and fired to first in time for the out, but Gordon ran into Marte's glove, which caused his wrist to bend back awkwardly. Marte immediately dropped his glove and grimaced in pain, prompting trainer Adam Nevala to come out and check on him. Marte initially stayed in the game, but he was replaced by Fernandez in the fourth. Scioscia said X-rays were negative and Marte will be evaluated again on Tuesday.
Trout and Pujols each homered in the first inning for the ninth time with the Angels, the most of any teammates in Major League history.
The Angels will recall rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (5-1, 2.48 ERA) from Triple-A Salt Lake and deploy him against the Mariners on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. PT at Safeco Field. Seattle will counter with right-hander Mike Leake (6-3, 4.46 ERA). Barria last pitched in the Majors on June 1, when he tossed six shutout innings against the Rangers. He is set to make his first career start against the Mariners.
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