SEATTLE — Robbie Ray lost a no-hitter with two outs in the seventh inning to a grounder who bounced off his own glove in the Seattle Mariners’ 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
Ray lost his bid when Max Stassi hit a high chopper towards the mound that went right over the pitcher’s head. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner didn’t bounce, and the ball bounced off the top of his glove, giving Stassi time to hit an infield single.
The left-hander flinched, then glanced at the outfield scoreboard to see the official scorer’s decision. He smiled when Stassi was awarded a hit, ending a run of 18 consecutive batters retiring.
Ray finished in seventh place and came out eighth when Juan Lagares took the lead with a three and scored with Andrew Velazquez’s double. Ray was then dragged and charged with a three-hit run and a 10-strikeout walk. He got a huge ovation when manager Scott Servais came up to the ball.
The Angels were one shy of not being hit by the Dodgers’ Tyler Anderson on Wednesday, and the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon had a perfect game through the eighth inning on June 2 against Los Angeles. The Angels are the first team to break up no-hit bids after the sixth inning three times in the same month since the Houston Astros in 1984, according to STATS.
Julio Rodriguez had three hits, Ty France drove three and Cal Raleigh hit his eighth homer of the season for Seattle.
Raleigh connected in the second, a solo shot that gave Seattle a 2-0 lead. Rodriguez scored in the first and notched an RBI single in the third, and the Mariners blasted it in the fourth when Ty France cleared the bases with a double.
Raleigh doubled in the sixth and hit with a single from Taylor Trammell.
Roenis Elias ended the game for Seattle with a scoreless ninth inning. The Angels ended the night with four hits, two by Stassi.
Mariners hitter Justin Upton was hit in the head by a pitch in the fifth inning on the same day he was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. Upton was on the field for a few minutes and was replaced by Dylan Moore.
Upton, a four-time All-Star who was released by the Angels in spring training, signed with the Mariners on May 21 and hit .200 with two homers and six RBI in 12 games with the Rainiers. The 34-year-old ranks seventh among active players with 324 career home runs.
INF/OF Sam Haggerty was sent to Triple-A after hitting .188 in 13 games for Seattle this season.
P/OF Shohei Ohtani was not in the starting XI on Friday ahead of Saturday’s doubleheader. Ohtani had two hits on the plate in Thursday’s game and also had six innings of shutout. Interim manager Phil Nevin said Ohtani will play both games on Saturday.
Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon will have season-ending surgery next week for a tendon subluxation in his right wrist, the Angels announced on Friday. Rendon hit a .228 with five homers and 24 RBI in 45 games this season.
Angels: The Angels start Saturday’s first game of a day-night doubleheader against Seattle with Patrick Sandoval (3-2, 2.83). The Angels have yet to announce their Game Two starter.
Mariners: Seattle starts Chris Flexen (2-8, 4:30) in the first game of the doubleheader. The Mariners don’t have a starter for Game Two.