New York at Seattle

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Yankees continue offensive funk, lose series to Mariners

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SEATTLE -- Alex Rodriguez hit a long drive off Horacio Ramirez, trying with one swing to snap the New York Yankees out of their offensive funk.

Instead, the deep fly landed in center fielder Ichiro Suzuki's glove and reminded Ramirez how thankful he is to pitch at spacious Safeco Field.

Ramirez pitched effectively into the seventh inning before four relievers stymied New York the rest of the way, and the Seattle Mariners edged the Yankees 2-1 on Sunday.

The loss left New York a season-high eight games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Ramirez (3-2) improved to 3-0 with a 1.47 ERA in three starts at home this season. He is 0-2 with a 13.17 ERA on the road.

Why the difference?

"The dimensions," Ramirez said. "I like that Alex can hit the ball pretty good to right-center and Ichiro caught it on the warning track.

"I wish I could pitch every game here."

Rodriguez's near miss in the sixth inning came one pitch after Derek Jeter's RBI single pulled the Yankees to 2-1. It also typified their offensive struggles of late.

"We need to get the swagger back, so to speak, and start playing and winning more regularly," manager Joe Torre said.

Ramirez tossed 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and one run. He struck out only one, getting Robinson Cano looking at a called third strike leading off the sixth. But 14 of the 19 outs Ramirez got came on groundballs, and he was rarely hit hard.

He was among the Seattle lefties to fluster the Yankees (17-19) during the three-game set. New York scored only one run and hit .171 in 20 2/3 innings against Seattle's left-handed pitching. The Mariners improved to 4-3 against the Yankees this year.

"If our offense had shown up at anytime in this series, things might have been different," New York's Johnny Damon said.

When Ramirez tired in the seventh, after consecutive singles by Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada, the Mariners' bullpen thrived.

Chris Reitsma, George Sherrill and rookie Brandon Morrow combined to get five outs, with Morrow striking out Rodriguez on a 3-2 fastball with two on to end the eighth. J.J. Putz fanned three in the ninth for his ninth save in nine attempts.

Matsui doubled with one out, but Putz struck out Posada and Doug Mientkiewicz to end it.

"Morrow got a big out and then J.J. scared us all to death and did his job," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "It was a good win against an awfully good ballclub."

Seattle pieced together just enough offense to take two of three in the series, never scoring more than three runs in any game. Raul Ibanez had an RBI single in the third and Jose Lopez's sacrifice fly an inning later provided all the offense Ramirez needed.

Andy Pettitte pitched well for the third straight start but got little backing from New York's offense, which scored seven runs on Saturday night.

Pettitte (2-2) pitched 7 1/3 innings, scattering nine hits and striking out two. His only mistakes came in the third and fourth. Seattle got three consecutive hits in the third, capped by Ibanez's RBI single to score Suzuki. In the fourth, Jose Guillen led off with a double just out of the reach of Damon in center and scored on Lopez's fly to deep left.

Ramirez was even better. He didn't allow a baserunner until the fourth, when Bobby Abreu walked with one out. After Jeter flied out, Rodriguez singled for the Yankees' first hit. Ramirez got Jason Giambi to ground out to end the inning.

"He gave us some great pitches to hit," Rodriguez said. "A guy like Ramirez, you feel like you want to score four or five runs."

Damon got New York's second hit with one out in the sixth. He stole second and Jeter drove him in by lining a 3-0 pitch into left field. Rodriguez then drove Ramirez's next delivery to the wall in right-center.

Reitsma entered with one out and runners on first and second, but got pinch-hitter Mientkiewicz to ground into a 3-6-3 double play to end the threat.

Notes

  • Seattle acquired RHP Jason Davis from Cleveland for a player to be named.
  • Torre plans to use Monday's off day to visit his ill brother, Frank, in New York. The Yankees open a three-game set Tuesday in Chicago.
  • Giambi is hitless in his last 18 at-bats.
  • Seattle utility man Willie Bloomquist was not at the game because he was awaiting the birth of his second child.
  • Many players from both teams used pink bats on Mother's Day that will be auctioned for charity. Yankees reliever Mike Myers also had a pink glove.
 
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Alex Rodriguez is frustrated after his swinging strikeout in the eighth against Brandon Morrow.  (AP)
Alex Rodriguez is frustrated after his swinging strikeout in the eighth against Brandon Morrow. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

H. Ramirez
IP 6.1
H 5
ER 1
BB 1
K 1
New York

A. Pettitte
IP 7.1
H 9
ER 2
BB 1
K 2
 

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF4120000 .259
Bobby Abreu, RF3000112 .236
Derek Jeter, SS3011101 .375
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010013 .329
Jason Giambi, DH4000012 .278
Hideki Matsui, LF4020000 .278
Jorge Posada, C4010011 .365
Josh Phelps, 1B2000000 .256
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH-1B2000012 .233
Robinson Cano, 2B3000010 .237
Totals3317126  
a-grounded into a double play for Phelps in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hideki Matsui (8, Putz)
RBI - Derek Jeter (20)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (11)
SB - Johnny Damon (7, 2nd base off Ramirez/Burke)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jeter-Cano-Phelps, Jeter-Mientkiewicz
E - Derek Jeter (7, Misplayed grounder(Next play actually went Pettitte to Phelps to Jeter to Phelps), Alex Rodriguez (4, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (L,2-2) 7.1922120 2.68
Brian Bruney 0.2000100 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 100-65, Brian Bruney 9-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 16-3, Brian Bruney 1-0
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 31, Brian Bruney 2
Seattle Mariners
Ichiro Suzuki, CF4120012 .286
Jose Vidro, DH4010001 .307
Raul Ibanez, LF4011000 .275
Richie Sexson, 1B4020001 .183
Jose Guillen, RF3120100 .286
    Jason Ellison, PR-RF0000000 .333
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000113 .240
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010002 .270
Jose Lopez, 2B2001003 .255
Jamie Burke, C3000000 .261
Totals3029222  
Batting
2B - Jose Guillen (7, Pettitte)
SF - Jose Lopez (1)
RBI - Raul Ibanez (23), Jose Lopez (13)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, 2nd base by Pettitte/Posada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Sexson-Betancourt
Seattle Mariners
Horacio Ramirez (W,3-2) 6.1511110 6.40
Chris Reitsma (H,3) 0.2000000 3.21
George Sherrill (H,4) 0.2100010 2.45
Brandon Morrow (H,3) 0.1000110 2.57
J.J. Putz (S,9) 1100030 1.08
Pitches-Strikes - Horacio Ramirez 82-50, Chris Reitsma 3-2, George Sherrill 13-8, Brandon Morrow 12-5, J.J. Putz 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Horacio Ramirez 14-4, Chris Reitsma 1-0
Batters Faced - Horacio Ramirez 25, Chris Reitsma 1, George Sherrill 3, Brandon Morrow 2, J.J. Putz 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46181
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt