Leake stopped: Seattle snaps 3-game skid, beats Angels

Seattle won 4-3 over the Los Angeles Angels

Seattle Mariners' Ben Gamel hits a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

SEATTLE (AP) – Ben Gamel hit a three-run homer to give Seattle an early lead, Mike Leake overcame first-inning problems to pitch six solid innings, and the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Leake (2-0) followed almost the exact same script from his first start with Seattle, giving up three straight hits to start the game and allowing two first-inning runs. And just like his first start, Leake quickly settled down, retiring 13 straight batters at one point before C.J. Cron’s two-out single in the fifth inning. Leake allowed two earned runs and struck out five, as Seattle got a needed victory to continue hanging around the edges of the AL wild-card race.

Gamel provided the big blow with his eighth home run of the season with two outs in the bottom of the second on a 1-2 pitch from Angels starter Ricky Nolasco. Mitch Haniger added an RBI single an inning later and Nolasco (6-13) was unable to make it out of the fourth.