New York at Seattle

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Mateo (9-4) L: R. Villone (3-2)
HR: NYY - B. Abreu (10), A. Rodriguez (26)   SEA - A. Beltre (14), R. Sexson (27), A. Beltre (15)

Beltre's walk-off snaps Mariners' 11-game losing skid

CBS wire reports

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners passed out white towels at Safeco Field. It seemed like the perfect giveaway to signify an ongoing surrender.

Adrian Beltre gave 42,454 fans an unlikely, alternative use for the towels. They used them to salute Beltre's two home runs, including a ninth-inning drive off Ron Villone that lifted the Mariners over the New York Yankees 6-5 Tuesday night and stopped Seattle's 11-game losing streak.

"Hopefully now we can put all that junk behind us," Raul Ibanez said following the end of Seattle's longest skid since 1992.

Moments after teammate Yuniesky Betancourt implored him to "go out there and end this thing," Beltre lined an opposite-field drive on a shoulder-high 1-2 pitch from Villone just over the right-field fence.

"It feels great ... especially with the situation we were in and the team we were playing," Beltre said.

Villone (3-2) stared for a long time into his locker after the game. He finally said the pitch "wasn't where it was supposed to be. It didn't break."

Coming off a five-game sweep at Boston, New York had two on with two outs in the ninth, but Julio Mateo (9-4) struck out Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees' AL East lead remained a season-high 6½ games over the second-place Red Sox.

"We spoiled ourselves winning all the games ... and figuring every game was a slam dunk," manager Joe Torre said.

Torre scoffed at the idea that his team was flat following a cross-country flight.

"If we didn't do anything all day and it was a one-sided affair, you probably could say it was flat," he said.

New York first baseman Jason Giambi pulled up twice chasing a foul ball early in the game and then left in the sixth inning with a tight left hamstring. Giambi, who said the leg has been bothering him for a couple of weeks, expects to play Wednesday.

"I know how to play on it," Giambi said.

Rodriguez, booed and then mocked by his former Seattle fans for striking out in his first two at-bats, hit a two-run homer in the sixth that put New York ahead 5-3. The shot off rookie reliever Eric O'Flaherty soared to the top of a tunnel in the second deck of left-field bleachers, about six rows from the top of the ballpark.

But the Mariners rallied in the seventh against Jaret Wright. With the bases loaded and one out, Richie Sexson hit a slow, potential double-play, two-hopper to shortstop Derek Jeter. Beltre's slide toppled second baseman Nick Green as Ichiro Suzuki scored.

"That's a huge thing ... and he's done it for us a couple of times this year," Ibanez said of Beltre, whom Seattle fans have vilified for not producing since signing with the Mariners after the 2004 season.

After Beltre's gritty play, Villone entered to face Ibanez, who was batting .214 against lefties. Ibanez singled in the tying run.

Beltre's first home run gave Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Jeff Karstens, who made his major league debut. Beltre had his first multihomer game of the season and raised his home-run total to 15.

Karstens, the 10th Yankees starter this season, allowed one more hit and left with a lead after giving up three runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.

Karstens, demoted to Double-A Trenton from May to July after going 0-5 at Triple-A Columbus at the beginning of the season, is scheduled to start again on Sunday at the Los Angeles Angels.

Bobby Abreu hit his 200th career home run, his second since the Yankees acquired him from Philadelphia on July 30 and his second since June 13. The third-inning, three-run drive off starter Cha Seung Baek erased the 2-0 deficit, but Sexson tied it with a solo homer in the third.

Baek, called up from Triple-A Tacoma before the game, allowed three hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out six and walked three.


  • Jeter's single in the ninth was his 1,532nd, moving him past Lou Gehrig and Bernie Williams into the Yankees career lead.
  • Sexson's home run was his 11th since the All-Star break.
  • Yankees RHP Mike Mussina will miss a rotation turn because of groin tightness. Mussina estimated he will pitch again in the middle or end of next week.
  • Baek made his first major league start since Sept. 26, 2004.
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Give that fan ...  a contract. Bobby Abreu can't reel in Adrian Beltre's game-winning home run.  (AP)
Give that fan ... a contract. Bobby Abreu can't reel in Adrian Beltre's game-winning home run. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
New York

B. Abreu
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF4120103 .298
Derek Jeter, SS3110200 .336
Bobby Abreu, RF4113124 .300
Jason Giambi, 1B3010011 .262
    Craig Wilson, PR-1B1110000 .264
   a- Aaron Guiel, PH-1B0000100 .235
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4112132 .287
Jorge Posada, C4010011 .270
Bernie Williams, DH2000200 .277
Melky Cabrera, LF4000013 .287
Nick Green, 2B3000012 .179
   b- Robinson Cano, PH-2B1000001 .326
a-walked for C. Wilson in the 9th
b-popped out for Green in the 8th
2B - Johnny Damon (30, Baek)
HR - Bobby Abreu (10, Baek), Alex Rodriguez (26, O'Flaherty)
RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (77), Alex Rodriguez 2 (93)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Abreu 3 (24)
CS - Melky Cabrera (5, 2nd base by Sherrill/Rivera)
Team LOB - 9
New York Yankees
Jeff Karstens 5.2633222 4.76
Mike Myers0000000 2.78
Jaret Wright (H,1) 1222100 4.63
Ron Villone (BS,1; L,3-2) 1.1211211 2.92
IBB - Perez by Jeff Karstens, Suzuki by Ron Villone
WP - Jeff Karstens (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Karstens 89-61, Jaret Wright 17-9, Ron Villone 29-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Karstens 3-12, Jaret Wright 2-1, Ron Villone 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Karstens 25, Jaret Wright 6, Ron Villone 8
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4110102 .323
Chris Snelling, RF3210122 .400
   a- T.J. Bohn, PH-RF1000012 .000
Adrian Beltre, 3B4223100 .267
Richie Sexson, 1B4112000 .233
Raul Ibanez, LF4021000 .277
Jose Lopez, 2B4010003 .274
Ben Broussard, DH2000000 .300
   b- Eduardo Perez, PH-DH0000200 .272
    Willie Bloomquist, PR-DH0000000 .246
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010002 .300
Rene Rivera, C3010000 .149
   c- Kenji Johjima, PH-C1000001 .295
a-struck out for Snelling in the 8th
b-was walked intentionally for Broussard in the 6th
c-grounded out for Rivera in the 8th
2B - Chris Snelling (1, Wright), Raul Ibanez (26, Karstens), Yuniesky Betancourt (19, Karstens)
HR - Adrian Beltre 2 (15, Karstens, Villone), Richie Sexson (27, Karstens)
SH - Yuniesky Betancourt (7)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 3 (59), Richie Sexson 2 (85), Raul Ibanez (96)
2-OUT RBI - Raul Ibanez (33)
Team LOB - 9
DP - J. Lopez-Betancourt-Sexson
Seattle Mariners
Cha Seung Baek 5333361 5.40
Eric O'Flaherty 1322111 6.00
Sean Green 1100200 5.08
Rafael Soriano 0.1000100 2.17
George Sherrill 1000000 3.12
Julio Mateo (W,9-4) 0.2100120 4.44
IBB - Rodriguez by Sean Green
WP - Cha Seung Baek (1), Sean Green (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Cha Seung Baek 103-64, Eric O'Flaherty 27-19, Sean Green 21-11, Rafael Soriano 6-1, George Sherrill 8-4, Julio Mateo 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 7-2, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Sean Green 2-0, Rafael Soriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 21, Eric O'Flaherty 7, Sean Green 5, Rafael Soriano 2, George Sherrill 2, Julio Mateo 4
Game Information
Attendance - 42454
Game Time - 3:21
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Rob Drake