Mike Leake pitched a one-hitter as the Seattle Mariners defeated the visiting Los Angeles Angels 10-0 Friday night.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a pair of three-run homers as the Mariners snapped a six-game losing streak.
A week earlier in Anaheim, California, Leake (8-8) had the shortest start of his 10-year career, lasting just two-thirds of an inning in a 13-0 loss in which the Mariners were no-hit.
He rebounded Friday, throwing eight perfect innings before Luis Rengifo led off the ninth inning by grounding a single into right field. Kevan Smith then walked and the runners advanced on a groundout by Matt Thais.
Leake lost the perfect game and the no-hitter in the ninth, but he didn’t lose the shutout, getting Brian Goodwin to pop out to second base and Mike Trout to strike out swinging to end the game.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols missed the game with left hamstring tightness. He is expected to return Saturday. … The Mariners nearly were involved in three of the past four perfect games in the majors, had Leake completed the task in the ninth. Felix Hernandez threw the last one in a 1-0 victory against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15, 2012. Earlier that season, the Chicago White Sox’s Philip Humber was perfect against the M’s on April 21 and San Francisco’s Matt Cain threw one June 13 against Houston.
By the numbers
24: Number of consecutive batters Leake retired before Rengifo led off the ninth with the Angels’ only base hit.
Our take from Right Field
Leake and Vogelbach gave M’s fans something to cheer for, a first since the All-Star break. Leake nearly became the 24th pitcher to throw a perfect game in MLB history, perhaps boosting his stock before the July 31 trading deadline.
The M’s and Angels meet again at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at T-Mobile Park. The M’s are set to use a reliever as an opener before turning over the ball to LHP Wade LeBlanc (5-3, 5.15 ERA). The Angels are set to start rookie RHP Griffin Canning (3-5, 4.75).
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