Seattle at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: F. Garcia (5-5) L: H. Iwakuma (2-3)
HR: SEA - None   NYY - R. Ibanez (15)

Ibanez homers, three RBI in Yanks' win wire reports

NEW YORK -- A decade ago, Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki watched Seattle teammate Freddy Garcia establish him as a big winner with a big fastball.

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.

Garcia is the top winner in major league history among pitchers born in Venezuela. Johan Santana is next with 139 and Seattle star Felix Hernandez is farther down with 95.

"I still have the record," Garcia kidded.

Boone Logan, David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined for four innings of hitless relief.

"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.

The next inning, first baseman Dustin Ackley let Curtis Granderson's hard grounder skip through his legs for a two-out error that scored a run.

Derek Jeter added an RBI single in the fourth.


  • Injured RHP Mariano Rivera, LHP Andy Pettitte, 3B Alex Rodriguez and OF Brett Gardner joined the rest of the Yankees to greet season ticket-holders lined up on the warning track before the game for Photo Day. Pettitte said he was going for another X-ray on his broken left leg, and Girardi said after the game that the longtime ace was "definitely better." The Yankees still hope he can pitch again in September. Girardi said it was "99.9 percent" certain Rivera (torn right knee) wouldn't return this year and that there was a chance the speedy Gardner (right elbow) could be activated next month, if only to pinch run.
  • Carp is expected to rejoin the team Monday night in Baltimore. Wedge said Ryan's injury is day-to-day.
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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)
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
New York

R. Ibanez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

J. Montero
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Seattle Mariners
Dustin Ackley, 1B4110002 .225
Michael Saunders, CF3110010 .258
Jesus Montero, C4022000 .262
John Jaso, DH2000200 .282
Kyle Seager, 2B3010104 .246
Eric Thames, RF4000001 .241
Trayvon Robinson, LF4000010 .235
Munenori Kawasaki, SS3000100 .182
Chone Figgins, 3B3000110 .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)
Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma (L,2-3) 5743241 4.20
Josh Kinney 0.1122110 4.00
Oliver Perez 0.2200100 2.35
Shawn Kelley 1100000 3.52
Lucas Luetge 1000100 1.78
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, CF4110102 .246
Derek Jeter, SS5121014 .314
Robinson Cano, 2B5020014 .314
Mark Teixeira, 1B2011310 .255
Raul Ibanez, DH4123014 .245
   a- Andruw Jones, PH-DH1000001 .224
Nick Swisher, RF4000006 .258
Ichiro Suzuki, LF3010002 .261
Jayson Nix, 3B3000011 .253
Chris Stewart, C3320101 .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) 5522420 5.00
Boone Logan (H,13) 2000000 3.62
David Robertson 1000100 2.02
Rafael Soriano 1000010 1.88
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
Game Information
Attendance - 45878
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Larry Vanover