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Yanks extend Mariners' losing streak to 16 games

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Conan O'Brien's show was blaring on the TVs in the visitors' clubhouse after another loss, yet there was little laughter. The late night host can take heart, though. There's only one thing that can lift the Mariners' mood right now.

Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each homered and drove in three runs, Freddy Garcia stifled his former team and the New York Yankees handed snakebit Seattle its 16th straight loss with a 10-3 victory Monday night.

"They're staying together with this thing, it's just a hell of a thing we're going through right now," manager Eric Wedge said. "We just got to keep showing up and doing different things and trying different things to try and get back on track."

A rain delay of 1 hour, 57 minutes was the only thing that slowed this loss for Seattle. The game was barely under way when Teixeira crushed any pregame hopes Seattle had of jumping out early and snapping the streak, hitting a rare homer into the second deck in left field after Curtis Granderson walked in the first. In the third, Jeter hit his first homer since connecting for hit No. 3,000 on July 9. He also tripled in the eighth.

Five Yankees had RBIs in the fourth against Jason Vargas (6-9), an inning in which the Mariners made two errors and were on the wrong side of what appeared to be a missed call at first base -- one of two calls to go against Seattle.

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"You don't blame things," said Adam Kennedy, who made one error in the fourth. "But it's true, when things are going bad that's what happens."

After scoring 29 runs in the past six games and still breaking the franchise's 1992 record of 14 losses in a row, the Mariners went down meekly against Garcia (9-7). With only the occasional player standing at the railing at the top step of the Seattle dugout until the game was well out of hand in the eighth, the Mariners mustered just three hits through the first six innings.

Garcia got his start with Seattle in 1999, was a two-time All-Star and went to the AL championship series twice in his 5½ seasons in the Pacific Northwest. He hasn't been an All-Star since but has been a steady addition to the Yankees' rotation this season.

He gave up eight hits and three runs in a season-high 7 2/3 innings, helping New York improve to 3-1 in a 13-game stretch against teams currently below .500.

"You don't want to be the guy," Garcia said about being the one to lose to a team on a losing streak. "You go out there and do the best you can do every time you go out there."

The Mariners were at .500 on July 5, 2½ games back in the AL West and an early season surprise. But everything has fallen apart since. Their skid is the longest in the majors since Kansas City lost 19 in a row in 2005.

Ichiro Suzuki cut the lead to 2-1 with a sacrifice fly in the third after the first two runners reached. The rally was halted when Franklin Gutierrez was thrown out trying to advance on a ball that bounced in the dirt.

The Yankees put it out of reach in the fourth. After Vargas struck out Nick Swisher to start the inning, Russell Martin reached when third baseman Kennedy couldn't handle his tough grounder down the line. Andruw Jones then was called safe on a toss play to Vargas at first base, but replays appeared to show Vargas won the race to the base.

Eduardo Nunez and Brett Gardner followed with RBI singles. Jeter then hit a grounder to second. Dustin Ackley made a poor throw home for another run.

Granderson had one of his two sacrifice flies and Teixeira made it 8-1 with a single.

"It's one thing when you know you're kind of all over the place and they get to you, but other than that home run in the first to Teixeira, they just battle you and battle you and don't give up at-bats and don't give in," Vargas said. "I did my best out there to try to limit what was going on but nothing was going right for us."

Vargas lost his fourth straight start, giving up eight runs -- four earned -- and seven hits in four innings.

Justin Smoak had an RBI single in the seventh and Brendan Ryan a run-scoring double in the eighth.

Notes

  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Alex Rodriguez (knee surgery, July 11) is on target to return mid-August.
  • RHP Rafael Soriano (May 17, elbow inflammation) pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
  • INF Chone Figgins was not in the Seattle lineup because he was tending to a family emergency.
  • Mariners RHP Shawn Kelly (elbow surgery Sept. 1) will fly to Triple-A Tacoma to make a rehab appearance Wednesday.
  • LHP Eric Bedard, out since June 28 with a left knee sprain is set to start for Seattle Friday.
 
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Derek Jeter celebrates a third-inning home run, his first since connecting for hit No. 3000 on July 9. (Getty Images)
Derek Jeter celebrates a third-inning home run, his first since connecting for hit No. 3000 on July 9. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3111010 .268
Brendan Ryan, SS4011010 .264
Dustin Ackley, 2B3010100 .298
Miguel Olivo, C4000003 .220
Adam Kennedy, 3B4110013 .251
Mike Carp, DH4010020 .262
Justin Smoak, 1B4121000 .227
Franklin Gutierrez, CF4010002 .194
Greg Halman, LF3000022 .247
Totals3338317  
Batting
2B - Brendan Ryan (16, Garcia), Dustin Ackley (8, Garcia), Justin Smoak (22, Garcia)
SF - Ichiro Suzuki (2)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (26), Brendan Ryan (33), Justin Smoak (44)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Smoak (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Ray-Ryan-Smoak
E - Dustin Ackley (2, Throwing), Adam Kennedy (3, Misplayed grounder)
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas (L,6-9) 4784122 4.09
Chris Ray 2211100 4.99
David Pauley 2211010 2.15
WP - Chris Ray (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 78-50, Chris Ray 31-20, David Pauley 29-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 6-6, Chris Ray 2-3, David Pauley 1-4
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 22, Chris Ray 8, David Pauley 8
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, SS5223001 .273
Curtis Granderson, CF2112101 .266
Mark Teixeira, 1B4123001 .243
Robinson Cano, 2B4000002 .293
    Brandon Laird, 3B0000000 .167
Nick Swisher, DH4010020 .258
Russell Martin, C4100001 .224
Andruw Jones, RF3110110 .221
    Chris Dickerson, RF0000000 .292
Eduardo Nunez, 3B-2B4221001 .273
Brett Gardner, LF4221001 .288
Totals3410111023  
Batting
2B - Curtis Granderson (13, Vargas), Eduardo Nunez (10, Pauley), Brett Gardner (16, Ray)
3B - Derek Jeter (2, Pauley)
HR - Derek Jeter (4, Vargas), Mark Teixeira (27, Vargas)
SF - Curtis Granderson 2 (7)
RBI - Derek Jeter 3 (32), Curtis Granderson 2 (76), Mark Teixeira 3 (75), Eduardo Nunez (23), Brett Gardner (21)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (9), Mark Teixeira (21)
Team LOB - 4
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Freddy Garcia (W,9-7) 7.2833150 3.23
Boone Logan 0.2000020 3.33
Steve Garrison 0.2000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 98-68, Boone Logan 6-6, Steve Garrison 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 7-10
Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 31, Boone Logan 2, Steve Garrison 2
Game Information
Attendance - 44365
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Brian Knight