Freddy Garcia had some real motivation to win this one.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs, Garcia stifled his former team and the New York Yankees handed the snakebit Seattle Mariners their 16th straight loss with a 10-3 victory Monday night.
“You don’t want to be the guy,” Garcia said about being the one to lose to a team on a long skid.
A rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes was the only thing that slowed this loss for Seattle. The game was barely under way when Teixeira crushed any pregame hopes Seattle had of jumping out early and snapping the streak, hitting a rare homer into the second deck in left field after Curtis Granderson walked in the first. In the third, Jeter hit his first homer since connecting for hit No. 3,000 on July 9. He also tripled in the eighth.
Five Yankees had RBIs in the fourth against Jason Vargas (6-9), an inning in which the Mariners made two errors and were on the wrong side of what appeared to be a missed call at first base _ one of two calls to go against Seattle.
Jeter is not complaining that some breaks went New York’s way, even though Seattle is in a rut.
“You have sympathy for individuals when they struggle, teams when they struggle, because everyone’s gone through it and they know how difficult it is,” Jeter said. “It’s not easy to play those guys. They have a good team. They have pitchers over there that we weren’t too happy to face. It’s just a coincidence right now. I’m sure they’ll turn things around. I just hope they don’t do it the next couple of days.”
After scoring 29 runs in the past six games and still breaking the franchise’s 1992 record of 14 losses in a row, the Mariners went down meekly against Garcia (9-7). With only the occasional player standing at the railing at the top step of the Seattle dugout until the game was well out of hand in the eighth, the Mariners mustered just three hits through the first six innings.
The Mariners were at .500 on July 5, 21/2 games back in the AL West and an early season surprise. But everything has fallen apart since. Their skid is the longest in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 in a row in 2005.