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ANAHEIM Ozzie Albies Jersey , Calif. (AP) — over the years against the Los Angeles Angels.This season has been the best yet.The veteran slugger hit a three-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and the Seattle Mariners started a 10-game road trip with an 8-2 victory over the Angels on Thursday night.Cruz’s shot to center field off Neal Ramirez in the fourth was his eighth homer this season versus the Angels, the most by one player in a single year against the franchise, according to Baseball-Reference.“That ball was in the air forever,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “Nelson has always swung the bat good against them, for whatever reason. He sees the ball good in this ballpark. There’s really no ballpark that can hold him, but he sees real good pitches here.”The home run was also Cruz’s 50th against the Angels, which gave him the second-most for any player against the team. Alex Rodriguez hit 70.“I play a lot against them,” Cruz said. “So maybe that’s why.”Cruz, Mitch Haniger http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authent ... icz-jersey , Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each had two of Seattle’s 12 hits.Los Angeles was eliminated from playoff contention.Leake (10-9) threw a season-high 114 pitches (80 strikes), allowing one run and four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. His only costly mistake came in the seventh when Justin Upton homered to left.After going 0-5 in July and August, Leake has won two straight starts for the first time since June 12. It was also the ninth time in 29 starts this season that the right-hander has gone seven innings or more.“It’s kind of nice to see. I had to work to get down in the zone a little bit more,” Leake said.Angels starter Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3) went only one-plus inning, allowing three runs and four hits while facing eight batters. He promptly gave up two runs in the first as the first three batters reached base. Haniger led off the game with a double and was driven in two batters later when Cano singled. A sacrifice fly by Ryon Healy scored Denard Span.“When you have a negative ball-strike ratio, you know things aren’t going your way,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.Haniger’s sacrifice fly with the bases loaded in the second scored Ben Gamel and extended the lead to 3-0.The Mariners added two runs in the ninth. Seager’s single scored Cano, and Cruz came home on a bases-loaded walk.Upton had two hits and Mike Trout added a pair of doubles for the Angels.Los Angeles got a run in the ninth when Trout scored on Jose Fernandez’s fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.ANOTHER MILESTONETrout became the fifth player in major league history and the second in the American League with seven seasons of 60 extra-base hits or more by his age 26 season. He joined Rodriguez, Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. Trout is batting .375 (18 for 48) over his last 15 games with three home runs and eight RBIs.BULLPEN GAMESIt was the second time in three games that the Angels essentially resorted to a bullpen game. Tuesday’s was planned as eight pitchers combined on a two-hitter to beat Texas 1-0. Scioscia said Thursday that it’s likely he will have to go with another bullpen game next week.TRAINER’S ROOMMariners: SS Jean Segura missed his third straight game with a flu-like illness Danny Santana Jersey , according to Servais. Segura did take part in batting practice and could return to the lineup sometime this weekend. Left fielder Cameron Maybin was also out of the lineup for the second straight day due to illness.Angels: Tyler Skaggs threw a 48-pitch simulated game in Arizona. The left-hander has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12 due to a groin strain. Scioscia said Skaggs will return to Anaheim to determine his next step.UP NEXTMariners: With lefty James Paxton scratched due to pneumonia, Seattle had not announced a starter for Friday. Servais said it will be a bullpen game.Angels: Matt Shoemaker (2-0, 3.45 ERA) will make his first start at home since June 14, 2017. The right-hander has missed most of the season after injuring his right forearm on March 31 against Oakland. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre’s excitement over a three-run homer, season-high five RBIs and Texas’ 8-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners in a rain-shortened game Friday night was muted hours after the Rangers fired manager Jeff Banister.“Weird day. Lot of stuff going on. Lot of rain,” said Beltre, who passed Stan Musial and Willie Stargell with his 476th career home run and passed Reggie Jackson and Jim Thome in career RBIs with 1,703. “But we survived this day.”The game was halted with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and called after a rain delay of 1:09.The Rangers won their first game under interim manager Don Wakamatsu, who will finish out the season. Texas is 65-88 and has been in last place since April 9.“It’s nice to get the first one for him http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authent ... thy-jersey ,” Beltre said.“There’s no mystery why he’s at where he’s at,” Wakamatsu said of Beltre, now ranks 22nd in career RBIs and 30th in career homers. “It’s a special player that comes along once in a lifetime.”The loss moved the Mariners closer to elimination in the American League wild-card race. They began the night 7½ games behind the Oakland A’s for the second spot with nine games to play. Seattle hasn’t qualified for the postseason since 2001.Beltre’s RBIs came with two outs. He homered to the opposite field on a 0-1 pitch off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (2-4), driving in Shin-Soo Choo and Elvis Andrus. Seven of Beltre’s 14 homers this season have come in September.In the third inning, Beltre sliced a single down the right-field line that scored Choo and Jurickson Profar and chased Ramirez.The Rangers used an “opener” for the fifth time this season; right-hander Connor Sadzeck pitching a scoreless first inning. Right-hander Ariel Jurado (4-5) followed an “opener” for the fourth consecutive time, allowing two runs in five innings on the way to the win.Profar came all the way around to score on a fourth-inning bloop into shallow right field that eluded a diving Ben Gamel. Gamel’s throw toward second base skipped all the way into the photographer’s well next to Seattle’s dugout, and Profar was awarded two bases.“I think the wind played a factor,” manager Scott Servais said.Banister, hired before the 2015 season, had a record of 325-313 and led Texas to AL West titles in 2015-16 before the franchise’s first back-to-back losing seasons since 2005-08.LET’S PLAY TWO – MORE?Mariners LHP James Paxton threw another bullpen session Friday afternoon — amid pouring rain — in hopes of pitching twice during the season’s final week. He hasn’t pitched since Sept. 7 while recovering from influenza and pneumonia.“I feel good. I feel much better Ender Inciarte Jersey ,” said Paxton (11-6, 3.83 ERA). “I have quite a bit of my strength back.”PICKING UP WHERE HE LEFT OFFRangers OF Joey Gallo returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore small toe on his right foot and hit his 38th homer, his third in four games. It was the left-handed hitter’s 15th off left-handed pitching, tying a club record set by Rafael Palmeiro in 2003.SHORT HOPSWakamatsu managed the Mariners in 2009 and most of the 2010 season. He was on Texas’ coaching staff 2003-07 and interviewed for the Rangers’ managerial position when Ron Washington was hired following the 2006 season. … Mitch Haniger singled and has hit safely in 41 of 47 games. … Rangers “openers” have pitched eight scoreless innings in their five appearances.UP NEXTMariners LHP Marco Gonzalez (12-9, 4.28) has four losses and two no-decisions since winning on July 29.Rangers LHP Mike Minor (12-7, 4.14) will try to equal his career high in wins, set in 2013 with Atlanta.