By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
SEATTLE (AP) – Ichiro Suzuki and Brendan Ryan each hit run
scoring grounders in the sixth inning, Franklin Gutierrez robbed
Nick Swisher of a home run and the Seattle Mariners scored all four
runs on groundouts in a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Friday
Seattle rallied from a three-run deficit to win for the ninth
time in 11 games and moved back to .500 for the first time since
April 4 by taking advantage of the Yankees’ bullpen.
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett labored through five innings, but
gave up just two runs and seemed poised to break a five-game road
losing streak. But relievers Boone Logan and Luis Ayala (1-1)
struggled as Seattle scored twice in the sixth and the Mariners’
bullpen made the narrow lead stand up.
David Pauley (3-0) worked two scoreless innings in relief of
starter Michael Pineda to get the victory and Brandon League
pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 16 chances.
The Yankees started a nine-game, 10-day West Coast road trip
with a dud, managing just five hits even though Pineda struggled
with his control early. Mark Teixeira homered in the first inning
on a 3-2 fastball from the Seattle rookie, but the Yankees could
only manage Curtis Granderson’s run in the fifth on a wild pitch
and Alex Rodriguez’s RBI single.
Swisher, struggling at the plate after going hitless in 13
at-bats on the Yankees recent homestand, looked like he was going
to get his first homer since May 7 in the fourth inning with a deep
drive to right-center field. Gutierrez was shaded to left-center,
but sprinted to the warning track and in full stride leaped at the
fence to rob Swisher and end the inning.
Burnett lasted five innings and allowed two runs and four hits,
but he also struggled with his control, giving up a season-high
five walks and striking out six. Seattle scored twice in the fifth
off Burnett, who hasn’t won on the road since July 28, 2010. Ryan
led off with a single and went to third on a sliced double by
Suzuki just inside the bag at third. Luis Rodriguez grounded out
off the foot of Burnett to score Ryan and Justin Smoak followed
with a high chopper of the plate to score Suzuki.
Adam Kennedy opened the sixth with a single off lefty Boone
Logan, who specifically came in to face Kennedy. He was replaced by
Luis Ayala, who gave up a single to Miguel Olivo and walked Carlos
Peguero on four pitches.
Ryan then hit a slow chopper to short that allowed Kennedy to
score and beat out the possible double play. Suzuki did nearly the
same with another slow roller to Derek Jeter, who threw out Suzuki
at first but watched Olivo score the go ahead run. Ayala hit Luis
Rodriguez with a pitch, but finally got out of the inning by
striking out Smoak.
Pineda was done after five innings due to a pitch count that
spiraled out of control early as he struggled to throw strikes. Not
throwing many balls has been a strength of Pineda in his first two
months, but he was at 50 pitches and already issued three walks
through the first two innings. He retired eight straight at one
point before a two-out walk to Granderson in the fifth that
eventually led to two more Yankee runs.
Teixeira followed with New York’s second hit of the night that
moved Granderson to third. Olivo then failed to block Pineda’s
curveball in the dirt that Alex Rodriguez swung and missed. The
ball bounced to the backstop and Granderson scored. Rodriguez then
lined a single just in front of Gutierrez to score Teixeira.
Pineda’s outing was the shortest of his brief career and his
five walks set a new career high. But the burly rookie allowed only
three hits and struck out five.
NOTES: NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell threw out the first pitch
as part of African-American heritage night. He spent a good deal of
the pregame talking with Reggie Jackson. … Seattle 3B Chone
Figgins was given the night off. Manager Eric Wedge said it was a
pre-planned decision and not entirely based on Figgins going 2 for
27 on Seattle’s past road trip. … New York began Friday night
with the fewest road games (18) played in the majors this season.
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