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On Sunday, with the trio now dressed in Yankees pinstripes, they saw Garcia win yet again with a much different repertoire.
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Garcia posted his 150th career victory while Ibanez homered and drove in three runs as New York wrapped up a long and losing homestand by beating the Mariners 6-2.
"For me, it's another win," Garcia said. "Hopefully, more are coming."
Garcia (5-5) hung around for five innings on a sticky afternoon and preserved a one-run lead with his final pitch, retiring Kyle Seager with two runners on base.
A two-time All-Star with the Mariners, the 35-year-old Garcia has since bounced all over the majors. In and out of the rotation this season, he ended a string of three straight losing starts and improved to 150-100.
Garcia wins these days with guile instead of gas. He got the young Mariners hitters to swing at off-speed pitches all around the strike zone.
"He's had to reinvent himself," Ibanez said. "It's really his will and determination that's made him great."
Suzuki has seen the transformation, too.
"Back in 2001, he was throwing 95, 96 [mph]," Suzuki said through a translator. "The pitchers who can make that adjustment are going to be successful. Some can't."
The AL East-leading Yankees won for only the sixth time in 16 games. They went 4-5 against Boston, Baltimore and Seattle on their longest stay in the Bronx so far this season. On Monday night, they'll face Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Detroit.
"I still have the record," Garcia kidded.
"We kind of labored through that game there," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We still need to get better with our pitch selection."
Ibanez hit his 15th homer in the fifth, a solo drive off Hisashi Iwakuma (2-3) that put the Yankees ahead 4-2. Ibanez delivered again in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single off Oliver Perez with the bases loaded.
Suzuki continued to be a one-hit wonder.
The Yankees newcomer extended his hitting streak to 12 games, all since being traded from Seattle to New York, when his routine fly got lost in the sun and fell for a seventh-inning double.
Suzuki has gotten exactly one hit in each of those 12 games -- Willy Aybar was the last big leaguer with such an odd streak, getting a single hit in 13 straight for the Dodgers in 2006, STATS LLC said.
Suzuki said he was getting more comfortable with his surroundings. That includes dealing with a tough glare in the outfield, and he looked into the sun for a stumbling catch.
"If it was getting harder and harder every day, I'm not worthy of wearing the Yankee uniform," he said.
Jesus Montero hit a pair of RBI singles for the short-handed Mariners, who had won eight of nine. Shortstop Brendan Ryan was out a day after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow. Mike Carp singled home the game's only run Saturday, then went to California after the game for the birth of his daughter.
The Mariners are the top-fielding team in the majors, though it hardly looked that way in the early innings.
In the first, center fielder Michael Saunders made an ill-advised throw, third baseman Chone Figgins had a ball pop out of his glove and Seager stayed back on the grass on Mark Teixeira's grounder to second and played it into an RBI single.
Derek Jeter added an RBI single in the fourth.
|The Yankees' Freddy Garcia allows two runs in five innings of work to earn the win vs. the Mariners, the 150th of his career. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Dustin Ackley, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.225|
|Michael Saunders, CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.258|
|Jesus Montero, C||4||0||2||2||0||0||0||.262|
|John Jaso, DH||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.282|
|Kyle Seager, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||4||.246|
|Eric Thames, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Trayvon Robinson, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.235|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.182|
|Chone Figgins, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.178|
|2B - Michael Saunders (26, Garcia)|
|SH - Michael Saunders (1)|
|RBI - Jesus Montero 2 (42)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jesus Montero (18)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Seager-Kawasaki-Ackley|
|PB - Jesus Montero (6)|
|E - Dustin Ackley (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Hisashi Iwakuma (L,2-3)||5||7||4||3||2||4||1||4.20|
|IBB - Teixeira by Oliver Perez|
|HBP - Suzuki (by Hisashi Iwakuma)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 101-64, Josh Kinney 10-6, Oliver Perez 20-10, Shawn Kelley 13-9, Lucas Luetge 11-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 7-5, Shawn Kelley 1-2, Lucas Luetge 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 26, Josh Kinney 3, Oliver Perez 5, Shawn Kelley 4, Lucas Luetge 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.246|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||1||2||1||0||1||4||.314|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||5||0||2||0||0||1||4||.314|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||2||0||1||1||3||1||0||.255|
|Raul Ibanez, DH||4||1||2||3||0||1||4||.245|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.224|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||6||.258|
|Ichiro Suzuki, LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||2||.261|
|Jayson Nix, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Chris Stewart, C||3||3||2||0||1||0||1||.260|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Ibanez in the 8th|
|2B - Ichiro Suzuki (17, Perez), Chris Stewart (5, Iwakuma)|
|HR - Raul Ibanez (15, Iwakuma)|
|SH - Jayson Nix (3)|
|RBI - Derek Jeter (33), Mark Teixeira (72), Raul Ibanez 3 (49)|
|2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (15), Raul Ibanez 2 (26)|
|SB - Chris Stewart (1, 2nd base off Iwakuma/Montero)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1|
|New York Yankees|
|Freddy Garcia (W,5-5)||5||5||2||2||4||2||0||5.00|
|Boone Logan (H,13)||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.62|
|WP - Freddy Garcia (9)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 85-47, Boone Logan 24-16, David Robertson 20-12, Rafael Soriano 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 8-4, Boone Logan 3-3, David Robertson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 23, Boone Logan 6, David Robertson 4, Rafael Soriano 3|
|Attendance - 45878|
|Game Time - 3:12|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Larry Vanover|