Sabathia leads Yanks over M's
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[August 24, 2016]
SEATTLE -- CC Sabathia continued
his mastery at Safeco Field, pitching seven strong innings to
improve to 9-1 there as the New York Yankees beat the Seattle
Mariners 5-1 on Tuesday night.
Sabathia (8-10) allowed one run on three hits, with seven
strikeouts, and now has a career ERA of 2.09 in 13 starts at
Seattle. He retired the last nine batters he faced and didn't give
up a hit after the fourth inning.
New York center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run home run in
the fifth inning, while rookie third baseman Ronald Torreyes had
three hits, an RBI and a run scored for the Yankees (64-61).
The Mariners (67-58) fell two games behind Baltimore in the race for
the second American League wild card. Seattle had just four hits in
Mariners starter Taijuan Walker, who was recalled from Triple-A
Tacoma earlier in the day after a surprising demotion two weeks
earlier, had some early success but ran into trouble in the fifth
and sixth innings. Walker (4-8) allowed four runs, three earned, off
six hits over 5 2/3 innings.
The Yankees added another unearned run on shortstop Didi Gregorius's
RBI double in the top of the ninth, giving New York a 5-1 lead.
New York closer Dellin Betances came on and finished off the win by
striking out Nelson Cruz in the ninth inning in a non-save
Ellsbury's two-run homer in the fifth inning gave the Yankees a 3-1
lead. Ellsbury followed a leadoff double from Torreyes with his
sixth home run of the season.
New York's first run came after an error on Seattle third baseman
Kyle Seager, who misplayed a chopper to the left side of the
infield. That put the Yankees' Aaron Judge on with two outs, and
after a walk New York took a 1-0 lead on Torreyes's RBI double in
the second inning.
Seattle tied the score 1-1 in the third when shortstop Ketel
Marte followed Leonys Martin's triple with an RBI single up the
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Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws against the Seattle
Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit:
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
NOTES: Yankees RHP Anthony Swarzak (right rotator cuff inflammation)
was placed on the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday's game.
Swarzak gave up the game-winning home run in Monday's seventh
inning. New York recalled RHP Ben Heller, who was acquired from
Cleveland in the Andrew Miller trade and had not appeared in a game
during an earlier stint with the Yankees. ... Seattle recalled RHP
Taijuan Walker to start Tuesday's game and activated RHP Tony Zych
from the 60-day disabled list. To make room on the 25-man roster,
the Mariners optioned RHP Cody Martin and OF/1B Stefen Romero to
Triple-A Tacoma. ... Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was in the lineup
Tuesday for only second time in six games. ... The Yankees and
Mariners wrap up the three-game series on Wednesday afternoon.
Seattle opens a seven-game road trip with a Thursday game against
the Chicago White Sox. The Yankees are off Thursday before playing a
three-game series at Baltimore.
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