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Out of Right Field: Recap, takeaways from the Seattle Mariners’ 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Angels

UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019

Seattle Mariners’ Jay Bruce celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear / Associated Press)
Seattle Mariners’ Jay Bruce celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 31, 2019, in Seattle. (Stephen Brashear / Associated Press)
By Gene Warnick The Spokesman-Review

Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings as the Seattle Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Tom Murphy and Jay Bruce hit home runs for Seattle, which finished the month with a 7-21 record, the worst May in franchise history.

Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani hit homers for the Angels, who had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Leake (4-6), a right-hander, allowed two runs on five hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. The only runs came on back-to-back homers leading off the sixth inning.

Four of Seattle’s five hits came from the bottom third of the order — Bruce, Murphy and Dylan Moore.

Of note

Mariners IFs Ryon Healy and Dee Gordon both fielded groundballs and did early work on the field for the first time since going on the 10-day injured list last week. … The M’s optioned RHP David McKay to Triple-A Tacoma and recalled RHP Chasen Bradford. … RHP Ruben Alaniz was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds. Alaniz pitched in four games with the M’s in April, going 0-0 with a 20.25 ERA, before being sent down to the Rainiers.

By the numbers

300: Career home runs for OF Jay Bruce after his solo shot in the seventh inning Friday.

Our take from Right Field

It was Star Wars Night at the ballpark, so insert your own jokes here.

Up next

The M’s continue a four-game series against the Angels at 4:10 p.m. Saturday at T-Mobile Park. LHP Tommy Milone (1-1, 3.38 ERA) is set to face Angels RHP Andrew Heaney (0-0, 3.60).

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