American League Game Summary - New York at Seattle|
(Wednesday, July 25th)
Final Score: New York 5, Seattle 2
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Jayson Nix ripped a pinch-hit, three-run double
in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the
Mariners in the finale of a three-game set Wednesday at Safeco Field.
Trailing 2-1 to start the eighth, the Yankees loaded the bases as Josh Kinney
drilled Derek Jeter with a pitch to start the frame before Robinson Cano and
Mark Teixeira stroked back-to-back singles off Lucas Luetge.
Luetge (1-1) then got Curtis Granderson to pop out into foul territory and
Shawn Kelley was called on from the bullpen to face Nix, whose pinch-hit,
bases-clearing double into the left-center field gap put the Yankees in front.
"All I wanted to do was hit a sac fly," admitted Nix. "I wasn't trying to do
too much, I just wanted to get one run in, we're down my one run. I think that
helped because I wasn't trying to do too much on the ball."
Russell Martin added a two-out RBI single later in the frame to account for
the final margin.
David Robertson fired a perfect bottom of the eighth and Rafael Soriano nailed
down his 26th save of the season with a scoreless ninth as the Yankees
salvaged a 2-5 record on their seven-game, West Coast road trip.
David Phelps (2-3) was credited with the victory after tossing 1 1/3 perfect
innings of relief, while Jeter recorded his eighth home run of the season with
a solo shot in the first inning.
Michael Saunders and Jesus Montero accounted for two of Seattle's three hits
as the Mariners fell to 2-4 against the Yankees this season.
"You're asking a lot out of your pitching staff to be able to hold those guys
down for that many innings," remarked Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "We almost
squeezed by, but ultimately you can't play it that tight against a veteran
offensive club like that. Obviously, they really stepped up there in that
The Yankee lineup underwent a makeover due to the acquisition of outfielder
Ichiro Suzuki on Monday and the loss of third baseman Alex Rodriguez on
Tuesday after the three-time American League MVP broke his left hand when he
was hit by a pitch from Felix Hernandez.
Jeter, who had batted first in all 94 of his starts this season, moved to the
two hole as the former Mariner Suzuki slid into the captain's spot in the
The Yankee shortstop wasted little time getting acclimated to the two hole as
he crushed a slider over the wall in left in his first at-bat to give the
Yankees a 1-0 lead.
Seattle battled back to take the lead in the bottom half as Saunders and
Montero stroked back-to-back singles before John Jaso walked to load the bases
with one out.
Kyle Seager then battled through a 10-pitch at-bat by earning a walk to tie
the game before Mike Carp grounded into a fielder's choice to plate Montero
and provide Seattle with a 2-1 advantage.
The Mariners were unable to get anything going from there, however, as they
failed to register another hit until Casper Wells' two-out single in the ninth
after the Yankees had already surged ahead with a four-run eighth.
New York starter Ivan Nova fired five-plus innings of two-run ball and walked
a career-high six batters while striking out five...Rodriguez was placed on
the 15-day disabled list before the game and New York recalled infielder
Ramiro Pena from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ...New York will head home to
host the Boston Red Sox for three games beginning on Friday...Seattle starter
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed one run on six hits and three walks over five
innings...The Yankees have homered in their last 12 games at Safeco, which
ties the record for longest streak by any visiting team there set by Cleveland
from April 24, 2003 until June 29, 2005.
07/25 20:22:54 ET