Mariners Walk Off With 2-1 Win Over Yankees In Extras

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Yankees-Mariners Score: New York Falls In 12 Innings, 2-1

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Luis Rodriguez's homer in the bottom of the 12th inning lifted the Mariners to a 2-1 victory over the Yankees and prevented New York from completing a three-game sweep.

Rodriguez led off the inning and took two balls and a strike from Cory Wade (5-1). The fourth pitch of the at-bat was an offspeed pitch over the plate, and Rodriguez hammered it deep over the right field wall to end the game.

"It's rough," Wade said. "Everybody contributed and did what they needed to do and it came down to me, and I made a mistake ... He did just what he's supposed to do with that pitch. It's a hanging changeup and he hit it out."

Rodriguez finished 3-for-5 with two doubles for Seattle, which snapped a four- game slide. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said Rodriguez is a player "you want up there."

"He has the right heartbeat up there, wants to be up there in those situations," Wedge said. "He's confident."

Nick Swisher homered for the Yankees, who remained four games ahead of Boston for the AL East lead. The Red Sox lost to Toronto earlier Wednesday.

New York starter Ivan Nova, unbeaten in his last 11 decisions, pitched well, giving up only one run in 7 1/3 innings. But the Yankees' offense managed just four hits and two walks, limiting their scoring chances.

They did have an opportunity in the ninth, when Curtis Granderson hit a pitch from Brandon League deep to right field.

But it wasn't quite deep enough to be a homer, and Ichiro Suzuki chased it down to make the catch by the wall. After Robinson Cano doubled later in the inning, League intentionally walked Swisher to get to Jesus Montero. He fanned the rookie to end the threat.

As the inning progressed, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera started to loosen up in the bullpen. Had New York scored, it would have set Rivera up with a chance to record his 601st career save, tying Trevor Hoffman's all-time mark.

But after they failed to score in the ninth, the Yankees didn't get another good chance.

Tom Wilhelmsen set them down in order in the 10th and 11th, ending his outing with a long fly out by Mark Teixeira, who crushed the ball to deep center field. But Michael Saunders was there to make the catch, and Steve Delabar (1-0) worked a scoreless 12th.

The shutout innings by the Mariners' bullpen followed a strong start by Jason Vargas, whose only run allowed came in the seventh.

He dealt Swisher an 0-1 fastball on the inside part of the plate and slightly up, and Swisher got around on the pitch, sending it over the left field wall.

But he allowed only two other hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings, and fanned six.

Nova's lack of control put Seattle on the board in the fourth inning, which he began by walking Kyle Seager. While Seager was caught stealing for the second out, Nova then walked Mike Carp, gave up a single to Adam Kennedy and threw a wild pitch to allow a run to score.

However, Nova didn't give up another run. He induced inning-ending double play grounders in the second and third, and set down the side in order in the first, sixth and seventh.

The Mariners had a chance to grab the lead in the eighth inning, which Rodriguez began with a double. He moved to third on a bunt and, after Suzuki was intentionally walked, David Robertson relieved Nova.

He got Seager to fly out, but not deep enough for Rodriguez to score, and struck out Dustin Ackley to end the inning.

Game Notes

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-5, extending his hitting streak to 13 games and picking up his 150th hit of the season. He has totaled 150 hits in 16 consecutive seasons, the longest streak in franchise history. The only other players in major league history with a streak of that length are Hank Aaron (17 seasons) and Pete Rose (16)...Delabar made his second career appearance and picked up his first major league win.


Final - 9.14.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 9 0
WP: Steve Delabar (1 - 0)
LP: Cory Wade (5 - 1)

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Yankees-Mariners Score: Rivera Notches 600th Save In 3-2 Win

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mariano Rivera's 600th career save moved him one shy of Trevor Hoffman's all-time record, and secured the Yankees' 3-2 victory over the Mariners at Safeco Field.

Hoffman saved 601 games during an 18-season career that ended when he retired this past offseason. The right-hander spent the majority of his career with the Padres and became a face of the franchise through his longevity and success.

Rivera has been a face of the Yankee franchise since breaking into the majors with them in 1995.

Since then, he's worked scoreless ninth inning upon scoreless ninth inning, during the regular season and the playoffs. His performance Tuesday put another stamp on a New York victory, the Yankees' third straight.

"It feels great, it's a great number," Rivera said. "I think the next one's the biggest. I thank God for that moment."

He was in position to make the save after A.J. Burnett (10-11) struck out a season-high 11 and allowed two runs in six innings. He picked up his first victory since August 15 and won for just the second time in his last 13 starts.

Robinson Cano homered and plated the decisive run in the sixth inning for New York, which claimed a 9-3 victory in the opener of this three-game series on Monday. The Yankees maintained their four-game lead in the AL East over Boston, which beat Toronto on Tuesday.

Charlie Furbush (3-9) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss, Seattle's fourth in a row.

Cano put the Yankees on the board in the second inning, when he led off by blasting his 26th homer of the season.

Jesus Montero and Andruw Jones followed with a single and double, respectively, to get a rally started. But Furbush limited the damage with strikeouts.

He fanned Russell Martin, who had missed the last two games with a bruised thumb, before allowing a run to score with a wild pitch. Furbush then struck out Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner to end the inning.

Seattle got a run back in the second, when Miguel Olivo led off with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch. Burnett fanned the next two batters, but Brendan Ryan singled to make it a 2-1 game.

Burnett hit a batter in the third inning to load the bases, leading to Olivo's game-tying sacrifice fly.

"We let him off the hook early," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said of Burnett. "He was struggling early on in the ballgame and we had opportunities, and that's when we needed to take advantage of it."

But the Yankees regained the lead in the sixth, which Nick Swisher began with a double. Mark Teixeira's base hit put runners on the corners for Cano, whose fielder's choice plated a run.

After Burnett worked a clean bottom of the sixth, Rafael Soriano pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and David Robertson survived the eighth. The Mariners had the bases loaded with two away, but Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Trayvon Robinson.

Then, Rivera took over. He fanned pinch-hitter Wily Mo Pena to start the inning before Ichiro Suzuki reached on a single. But after Rivera struck out Kyle Seager, Suzuki was caught stealing second to end the game.

Game Notes

Rivera recorded his 41st save of the season...Swisher was back in the outfield, starting in right, after playing at first base for Monday's game. He had missed three consecutive contests with an elbow issue before returning Monday...Derek Jeter singled leading off the game to extend his hit streak to 12 games...Furbush has dropped five consecutive starts.


Final - 9.13.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 9 0
Seattle Mariners 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 0
WP: A.J. Burnett (10 - 11)
SV: Mariano Rivera (41)
LP: Charlie Furbush (3 - 9)

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Yankees 9, Mariners 3: Phil Hughes Is King In Seattle

Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira and Chris Dickerson homered off Felix Hernandez in the fourth inning, and Phil Hughes pitched six strong frames, as the New York Yankees turned back the Mariners, 9-3, at Safeco Field.

Robinson Cano stroked a three-run double, as the Yankees widened their lead to four games over Boston in the AL East. The Yankees, who snapped a four-game skid on Sunday in Anaheim, compiled 14 hits, three from Cano.

Hughes (5-5) ended a three-game winless stretch by limiting Seattle to five hits and a run.

"I'd like to be ahead a little more and maybe get some quicker outs so I can go deep in the game, but other than that, you can't argue, especially when we get the kind of run support against Felix," Hughes said. "Coming into this game you never imagine that you're going to get six runs, you're hoping for one or two and then keep them close. That was a nice luxury to have tonight and fortunately caught some breaks there in the middle innings and kept them off the scoreboard."

Hernandez (14-12), who had won his previous three starts, was charged with nine hits and six runs over six innings. He entered the night with a five-game winning streak vs. the Yankees, the longest ever by a Mariners pitcher.

"It looked like he just kept missing out over the plate a little bit," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "His stuff was good, they just started rolling it, one after the other in that fourth inning."

Miguel Olivo clubbed a two-run homer in the opener of this three-game series, but the Mariners fell to 3-9 this month.

Brett Gardner scored on Derek Jeter's groundout in the third, but the Mariners tied it when Ichiro Suzuki lined a single to right-center field to drive in Brendan Ryan.

The Yankees then took command in the fourth against Hernandez, who had a 1.29 ERA over his previous six starts vs. New York. Teixeira homered to right on an 0-1 pitch. Cano doubled and Nick Swisher singled before Eric Chavez lifted a sacrifice fly to center field. Gardner then smacked an RBI double to left field before Dickerson clubbed a first offering over the wall in right. Dickerson, who was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to a September 1 win at Boston, hit his first homer of the year.

The 6-1 cushion was plenty of support for Hughes, who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth when he retired Olivo on a pop-out and got Trayvon Robinson on a fly ball to center.

Cano's double to left in the seventh plated Austin Romine, Jeter and Curtis Granderson.

Olivo homered to left of Scott Proctor in the eighth.

Game Notes

Before the game, the mariners promoted Roger Hansen to special assistant to general manager Jack Zduriencik...Hernandez fell to 6-4 in his career vs. the Yankees...Granderson has a major league-leading 128 runs scored...Romine recorded his first big league hit with a single in the seventh...Hughes is now 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA with 11 strikeouts in four career appearances at Safeco Field...Hernandez had not lost against the Yankees at Safeco Field since August 23, 2006.

 


Final - 9.12.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 0 1 5 0 0 3 0 0 9 14 0
Seattle Mariners 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 8 1
WP: Phil Hughes (5 - 5)
LP: Felix Hernandez (14 - 12)

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