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Washburn isn't intimidated, K's nine as Mariners win

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SEATTLE -- Jarrod Washburn was so good he reminded the opposing pitcher of a former Mariners ace.

Washburn continued his Yankee taming by allowing just six hits and striking out a season-high nine in the Mariners' 4-2 win over New York on Thursday night.

"He looked like Randy Johnson out there. The only thing that was missing was the Kingdome roof out there," the Big Unit said chuckling.

Two RBI each from Jose Lopez and Richie Sexson also helped Seattle rebound from a franchise-worst 0-11 road trip for its first home series win over New York since April 7-9, 2000.

The Yankees lost for the second time on their eight-game road trip and saw their AL East lead cut to 5½ games over Boston -- despite Johnson's second complete game of the season and 98th of his career. Johnson (14-10) allowed four runs and seven hits.

"Randy was great," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Washburn (7-12) was better. He allowed six hits, two runs and two walks in 6 1/3 innings. With two runners on, he struck out Bobby Abreu and Jason Giambi in succession to end the third inning.

The New York shutdown was a revelation in this lost Mariners season. It wasn't one for Washburn.

He and Pedro Martinez are the only pitchers who have a career ERA under 3.00 against the Yankees over a minimum of seven starts since 1999. Washburn, whom Seattle signed from the Angels for $37.5 million and four years last December, is 4-3 with a 2.59 ERA in eight starts against New York.

He has allowed three earned runs in two starts against the Yankees this season.

"I'm aggressive with my fastball," Washburn said. "It's like facing an All-Star team with their lineup. So maybe some guys tend to be tentative when they pitch to them. But I don't."

Washburn left after two hard drives in the seventh. Ichiro Suzuki, playing center field for the fifth time this season, raced to the warning track to make an exquisite, leaping, stretching catch of Nick Green's drive.

"I don't know you'll ever see a better catch then that," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said.

Johnny Damon hit Washburn's next pitch into the second row of the right-field bleachers for his career-high 21st home run of the season and eighth this month. That made it 4-2.

But Julio Mateo and George Sherrill were perfect in finishing the seventh and eighth innings. And J.J. Putz was perfect in the ninth for his 26th save in 31 chances, striking out ailing pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez to end it. Rodriguez angrily slapped his bat on his fruitless swing's follow through.

Johnson wasn't as sharp early as Washburn, though the Mariners didn't exactly pound Johnson during their decisive, three-run third inning.

Chris Snelling lined a double over third base. After Willie Bloomquist squibbed an infield single that spun inside the first-base line, Lopez fought off an inside, 0-2 fastball for a single that scored Snelling to break a 1-1 tie.

Sexson followed with a two-run double.

Johnson only allowed a seventh-inning single after that.

"How much better can I do?" Johnson said.

Lopez had given Seattle a 1-0 lead when he singled home Suzuki, who had doubled leading off the first inning.

Derek Jeter's RBI single scored Craig Wilson in the third inning to briefly tie the game.

New York had four base runners in the fourth inning but did not score. Catcher Kenji Johjima picked Robinson Cano off first base after he had singled. And after Washburn hit Green with a pitch to load the bases, Snelling made a running catch in left field on a Damon liner to end the inning.

Notes

  • Rodriguez still felt the throat infection that caused him to stay at the team hotel during Wednesday's game. He expects to start Friday at the Los Angeles Angels.
  • An MRI on Seattle RHP Mark Lowe showed inflammation in his right elbow but no ligament damage. "Great news," said Lowe, who feared surgery. Team doctors are prescribing indefinite amount of rest. Lowe, promoted from Double-A on July 7, has allowed four earned runs in his first 18 2/3 innings in the major leagues (1.93 ERA).
 
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Jarrod Washburn throws well against the Yanks. He owns a 4-3 mark with a 2.59 ERA against New York.  (AP)
Jarrod Washburn throws well against the Yanks. He owns a 4-3 mark with a 2.59 ERA against New York. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

J. Washburn
IP 6.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 2
K 9
Seattle

J. Lopez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF3121103 .300
Derek Jeter, SS4021011 .335
Bobby Abreu, RF4000024 .299
Jason Giambi, DH4000024 .261
Jorge Posada, C3000021 .268
Robinson Cano, 2B4010000 .327
Melky Cabrera, LF4000022 .283
Craig Wilson, 1B2110100 .265
   a- Bernie Williams, PH1000000 .276
Nick Green, 3B2000011 .198
   b- Alex Rodriguez, PH1000010 .286
Totals3226221116 
a-grounded out for C. Wilson in the 9th
b-struck out for Green in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (29, Washburn)
HR - Johnny Damon (21, Washburn)
RBI - Johnny Damon (70), Derek Jeter (77)
PK - Robinson Cano (2, Washburn)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Cano-Jeter-C. Wilson
New York Yankees
Randy Johnson (L,14-10) 8744230 4.96
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 109-80
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 9-11
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 32
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4120011 .322
Willie Bloomquist, 3B4110003 .243
Jose Lopez, 2B4122000 .278
Richie Sexson, DH4012001 .235
Eduardo Perez, 1B2000112 .268
    Ben Broussard, 1B1000000 .298
Kenji Johjima, C3000002 .292
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3000000 .298
T.J. Bohn, RF2000110 .000
Chris Snelling, LF3110001 .375
Totals304742310 
Batting
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (15, R. Johnson), Richie Sexson (25, R. Johnson), Chris Snelling (2, R. Johnson)
RBI - Jose Lopez 2 (65), Richie Sexson 2 (87)
Team LOB - 4
Seattle Mariners
Jarrod Washburn (W,7-12) 6.1622291 4.37
Julio Mateo (H,6) 0.2000000 4.38
George Sherrill (H,14) 1000010 3.03
J.J. Putz (S,26) 1000010 2.30
HBP - Posada (by Jarrod Washburn), Green (by Jarrod Washburn)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Washburn 108-68, Julio Mateo 4-3, George Sherrill 14-9, J.J. Putz 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Washburn 2-7, Julio Mateo 1-1, J.J. Putz 2-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Washburn 28, Julio Mateo 2, George Sherrill 3, J.J. Putz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44634
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Tim Timmons