Seattle at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: E. O'Flaherty (1-0) L: C. Bean (0-1)
S: J. Putz (6)
HR: SEA - K. Johjima (3), A. Beltre (4), J. Lopez (4)   NYY - H. Matsui (2), J. Damon (2)

Mariners score eight runs in fifth, win slugfest vs. Yanks in Bronx

CBS wire reports

NEW YORK -- A night after taking a five-run lead in the first inning at Boston and going on to lose, the Seattle Mariners fell behind by five in the first and beat the New York Yankees

Go figure.

"It was one of those nights. Some new phase of the moon," Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said after Seattle teed off in a 15-11 victory Friday night.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking two-run double in an eight-run fifth inning. Every starter in Seattle's batting order had a hit and a run scored, seven of nine had RBI, and the Mariners had a season-high 20 hits. Jose Lopez drove in four runs, and Raul Ibanez had four hits.

"It's kind of crazy," Jose Guillen said.

Guillen, Kenji Johjima, Betancourt and Lopez -- the bottom four batters in the Mariners starting lineup -- combined to go 9-for-18 with 10 RBI as Seattle scored its most runs in three years. The first eight Mariners reached base in the fifth inning against Kei Igawa, Colter Bean (0-1) and Luis Vizcaino, a half-inning that took 30 minutes and made Yankees manager Joe Torre feel helpless.

"Five in the first, unless you can shut the other team down, is obviously not enough in today's baseball," Torre said. "Thirty years ago or 25 years ago, it was probably a little different."

New York, which set season highs for runs and hits (16), loaded the bases with one out in the ninth before J.J. Putz got Johnny Damon to pop out and Derek Jeter to ground out for his sixth save in six chances. Jeter went 0-for-6 for only the third time in his big league career, ending his hitting streak at 20 games, and the Yankees' three-game winning streak was stopped.

"When you score 15 runs, you don't expect the tying run to be at the plate in the ninth," Hargrove said. "It's like someone's sticking bamboo shoots under your fingernails."

Given a 5-0 lead in the first, Kei Igawa gave up home runs to Johjima, Adrian Beltre and Lopez, whose two-run drive in the fourth tied it at 6.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the bottom half off Eric O'Flaherty (1-0), who got his first major league win with 2 1/3 innings of one-run relief, but Igawa allowed consecutive singles to Jose Vidro and Ibanez leading off the bottom half, and the Mariners scored eight runs, their biggest inning since scoring eight last May 26 against San Diego.

"It was ugly but I'll take it," O'Flaherty said. "I'll definitely remember this one."

Bean threw just four of 17 pitches for strikes, allowing two hits and two walks, and was repeatedly and loudly booed by the crowd of 49,519. Vizcaino gave up hits to four of his first five batters.

"No excuses. Just horrible," Bean said.

Igawa, whose ERA rose to 7.63, pitched from the stretch at all times for the second straight outing. He allowed eight runs and nine hits in four-plus innings. While Chien-Ming Wang pitches for New York on Saturday, the Yankees plan to start Darrell Rasner on Sunday and Matt DeSalvo on Monday in his major league debut.

Seattle starter Cha Seung Baek wasn't much better than Igawa, giving up seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Bean came in with a two-run lead, two on and no outs and threw eight straight balls, forcing in a run with a walk to Guillen. After Johjima's tying single and Betancourt's double, Vizcaino relieved and allowed two-run singles by Lopez and Ibanez that made it 14-8.

Johnny Damon hit a three-run homer in the seventh off George Sherrill that cut New York's deficit to 15-11. Sherrill had gone 88 appearances since his previous homer allowed, to Texas' Mark Teixeira on Sept. 18, 2005.

"We just couldn't stop them," Jeter said. "Probably 99 percent of the time we score 11 runs, I think we're going to win."


  • Jeter had hits in 59 of his previous 61 regular-season games dating to last year.
  • Seattle scored its most runs since getting 16 on Sept. 22, 2004, at the Angels, and had its most hits since getting 21 against Oakland last Sept. 25.
  • Yankees LHP Mike Myers threw a career-high four innings.
  • Damon's right calf cramped during his last at-bat. He thought he could play Saturday.
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Colter Bean is yanked by Joe Torre after giving up four runs in the bottom of the fifth.  (AP)
Colter Bean is yanked by Joe Torre after giving up four runs in the bottom of the fifth. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

J. Lopez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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2-OUT RBI - Kenji Johjima (2), Yuniesky Betancourt (3), Jose Lopez 2 (5)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Betancourt-J. Lopez-Sexson, O'Flaherty-J. Lopez-Sexson
PB - Kenji Johjima (2)
Seattle Mariners
Cha Seung Baek 3.2877241 7.53
Eric O'Flaherty (W,1-0) 2.1411210 1.35
George Sherrill 1333011 3.24
Brandon Morrow 1.1000200 2.84
J.J. Putz (S,6) 0.2100000 1.32
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cha Seung Baek 2-4, Eric O'Flaherty 4-1, George Sherrill 1-1, Brandon Morrow 2-2, J.J. Putz 1-1
Batters Faced - Cha Seung Baek 20, Eric O'Flaherty 12, George Sherrill 6, Brandon Morrow 6, J.J. Putz 3
New York Yankees
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Derek Jeter, SS6000017 .330
Bobby Abreu, DH5230010 .252
Alex Rodriguez, 3B5123011 .367
Hideki Matsui, LF3211200 .267
Jorge Posada, C4122112 .337
Robinson Cano, 2B4011112 .276
Melky Cabrera, RF4111102 .220
Doug Mientkiewicz, 1B2110102 .175
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2B - Bobby Abreu (3, Baek), Alex Rodriguez (9, O'Flaherty), Robinson Cano (6, Baek)
HR - Johnny Damon (2, Sherrill), Hideki Matsui (2, Baek)
RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (12), Alex Rodriguez 3 (37), Hideki Matsui (11), Jorge Posada 2 (19), Robinson Cano (12), Melky Cabrera (9)
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Mike Myers 4511100 2.20
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kei Igawa 3-7, Mike Myers 8-2
Batters Faced - Kei Igawa 22, Colter Bean 4, Luis Vizcaino 7, Mike Myers 17
Game Information
Attendance - 49519
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Nauert