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By HOWIE RUMBERG  AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Seattle Mariners flailed away helplessly
against CC Sabathia in their 17th straight loss, managing only one
hit and striking out 18 times overall in a 4-1 loss to the New York
Yankees on a rain-soaked Tuesday night.

Sabathia did not allow a baserunner until Brendan Ryan singled
with one out in the seventh inning _ a batter after a 30 minute
rain delay _ in beating Seattle for the seventh consecutive start.
He struck out 14 of the 25 batters he faced, seven in a row at one
point.

The Mariners are four shy of matching the Baltimore Orioles’
American League-record 21-game losing streak to start the 1988
season. The 1961 Phillies dropped 23 straight for the modern major
league mark.

Curtis Granderson homered off Doug Fister (3-12) to put New York
ahead 1-0 in the fourth and Mark Teixeira connected for his 100th
homer with the Yankees in the eighth.

Sabathia (15-5) appeared to tire after a second delay (14
minutes) in the seventh. He walked the first three batters in the
eighth before being lifted for David Robertson.

Robertson struck out pinch-hitter Adam Kennedy for his 10th
straight strikeout with the bases loaded this season before Chone
Figgins hit a run-scoring fielder’s choice to third base to make it
3-1. Ichiro Suzuki then struck out to end the inning.

Mariano Rivera struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 26th
save and give Sabathia his major league-leading 15th win.
Seattle manager Eric Wedge told his team after its 10-3 loss
Monday night to stay away from the ballpark early, moving back the
bus until 4 p.m. for a start 3 hours later and canceled batting
practice. Wedge also shaved off his mustache after Saturday’s loss
in hopes a change would help. He said, “We’re just trying to do
everything we can to help them snap this thing.”

What he couldn’t do was keep Sabathia off the mound. The big
lefty came in with a 0.82 ERA in his last six against Seattle _ and
he was even better this time.

After Suzuki led off the game with a liner to center field, the
Mariners did not get a ball out of the infield until the single by
Ryan, who took the extra time in the afternoon to eat at the Burger
Joint, a foodie favorite in a midtown hotel.

Really, they barely made contact, flailing at balls high and
low, checking their swings and watching called strike three more
often than making contact.

With storm clouds sweeping in over Yankee Stadium and lightning
cracks eliciting gasps from crowd, Sabathia struck out six in a row
in the fourth and the fifth innings _ as fans abandoned their seats
for the covered areas.

Rain began to fall in the sixth and became heavy as Mike Carp
struck out, prompting home plate umpire Bob Davidson to pull the
Yankees off the field.

Greg Halman popped out to first to break the strikeout streak.
Sabathia struck out the side in the seventh around Ryan’s single
to set his career high with 14 strikeouts. He walked three.

Granderson’s homer was a drive to the opposite field that just
cleared the wall in left.

In the fifth, Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Eric Chavez _ just
activated from the 60-day disabled list _ hit consecutive singles
for a run and Derek Jeter made it 3-0 with a groundout.
Teixeira homered off Jamey Wright.

Fister gave up seven hits and three runs, striking out five in
seven innings.

NOTES: The Mariners matched the 1926 Boston Red Sox, 1962 Mets,
and 1977 Atlanta Braves with 17 losses in a row. … Yankees setup
man Rafael Soriano (right elbow inflammation) was back in New York.
He could be activated from the 60-day DL as early as Wednesday. …
Figgins returned after missing a game for a family emergency.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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