New York at Seattle

New York
W: D. Betances (4-0) L: H. Iwakuma (4-3) S: D. Robertson (15)
HR: NYY - None   SEA - None

Yankees edge Mariners on Ellsbury's RBI single wire reports

SEATTLE -- Jacoby Ellsbury provided the jolt New York's sluggish offense needed, even if the Yankees still are struggling to score runs.

Ellsbury lined an RBI single on a 0-2 pitch to score Derek Jeter with the go ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 3-2 on Tuesday night.

"This type of game is the type of win that has been eluding us," Ellsbury said. "Hopefully, if we can win these types of games we'll be in great shape. It's always nice to go out there and throw a bunch of runs up there and make it easy on the pitching staff, but yeah, you have very good hitters, it's just a matter of time before it really starts clicking."

Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games -- the longest for a Yankees player since Jeter's 19-game streak in 2012 -- and gave New York only its fourth victory in the past 11 games. Ellsbury's hit came after Jeter's ground-rule double off Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma.

Scoring the winning run capped a big night for Jeter, one that started with festivities. The Mariners honored Jeter during a pregame ceremony in his final visit to the city where he made his major-league debut in 1995. Jeter was given a seat from the old Kingdome and an engraved watch from former New York teammate Robinson Cano as part of his farewell tour gifts.

Jeter then went out and had two hits and scored two runs. He also scored on Carlos Beltran's RBI double in the first.

"Anytime you can start rallies those are big things," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "And you get yourself into scoring position with less than two outs, those are big things."

Scoring runs has become a problem for the Yankees. They haven't scored more than four runs since May 28 against St. Louis. While that's a small sample, it's enough that Girardi was questioned before the game about his concern over the lack of offense.

They didn't get a lot against Iwakuma (4-3), but the Yankees came through in key moments. Beltran had the first big hit with his opposite-field double to score Jeter. That was followed by Brian McCann's RBI infield single that handed starter Vidal Nuno a 2-0 lead before he took the mound.

Then it was Ellsbury's turn in the eighth, lining the two-strike pitch from Charlie Furbush for a single to take the lead.

"I feel like my at-bats are better than April. I don't know where the numbers stand but I feel a little better up there," Ellsbury said. "But the big thing is we won tonight, not really extending a hit streak or anything like that.

Nuno and the Yankees bullpen made sure what offense they received was enough.

A rainout on Monday in Kansas City ruined a potential matchup between former teammates in Japan, Iwakuma and Masahiro Tanaka. Instead, Tanaka was pushed back to Wednesday.

Nuno went 5 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory before Dellin Betances' problems in the seventh. Nuno struck out two and allowed only Cole Gillespie's RBI single to score Cano in the first.

Nuno did escape trouble in the second and fourth innings when Seattle had runners in scoring position with two outs and were unable to get the runner home. Michael Saunders came inches from a three-run homer in the fourth, but his drive to the deepest point of Safeco Field was caught at the wall by Ellsbury.

"He did what he had to do," Girardi said. "I thought he did pretty well. He got us to the sixth inning."

Seattle pulled even at 2 in the seventh off Betances when Dustin Ackley singled just over the head of Brian Roberts to score Mike Zunino.

"He throws so hard and is so long you just got to see it and hit it," Ackley said of facing Betances. "Luckily I was able to sneak it over the infield."

But the Yankees responded immediately in the eighth and instead of blowing the lead, Betances (4-0) got credited with the victory.

David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 15th save.


Yankees RHP Shawn Kelley is expected to rejoin the club on Wednesday. Kelley's been out with a back strain. ... Seattle signed second-round pick OF Gareth Morgan on Tuesday. Morgan took part in batting practice with the team before the game. ... Seattle RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) was returned from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.

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Yankees catcher Brian McCann congratulates closer David Robertson for striking out the side in the ninth inning.  (USATSI)
Yankees catcher Brian McCann congratulates closer David Robertson for striking out the side in the ninth inning. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Jeter
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

H. Iwakuma
IP 7.1
H 7
ER 3
BB 2
K 5

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
Brett Gardner, LF4010021 .279
Derek Jeter, SS3220100 .259
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4011013 .286
Mark Teixeira, 1B4110011 .238
Carlos Beltran, DH4021010 .226
Brian McCann, C4011001 .225
Yangervis Solarte, 3B3000002 .294
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000011 .308
Brian Roberts, 2B2000110 .236
Vidal Nuno, P0000000 .000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
2B - Derek Jeter (6, Iwakuma), Carlos Beltran (12, Iwakuma)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (26), Carlos Beltran (17), Brian McCann (28)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (8), Brian McCann (13)
CS - Brian Roberts (4, 2nd base by Iwakuma/Zunino)
Team LOB - 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Vidal Nuno 5.2411120 4.97
Dellin Betances (W,4-0; BS,2) 1.1211020 1.69
Adam Warren (H,11) 1100000 2.31
David Robertson (S,15) 1000130 3.68
WP - Vidal Nuno (3), Dellin Betances (1)
HBP - Zunino (by Dellin Betances)
Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 92-60, Dellin Betances 26-15, Adam Warren 15-10, David Robertson 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 3-11, Dellin Betances 2-0, Adam Warren 1-2
Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 21, Dellin Betances 7, Adam Warren 4, David Robertson 4
Seattle Mariners
Willie Bloomquist, 1B4000012 .253
James Jones, CF4000010 .281
Robinson Cano, 2B4120000 .333
Cole Gillespie, DH1011100 .327
   a-Endy Chavez, PH-DH2000001 .250
Kyle Seager, 3B4010001 .249
Mike Zunino, C3110011 .220
Michael Saunders, RF4000034 .272
Dustin Ackley, LF3011101 .238
Brad Miller, SS3010000 .172
   b-John Buck, PH1000011 .241
Hisashi Iwakuma, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Gillespie in the 6th
b-struck out for Miller in the 9th
2B - Robinson Cano (14, Nuno), Mike Zunino (9, Nuno)
RBI - Cole Gillespie (4), Dustin Ackley (24)
2-OUT RBI - Cole Gillespie (2), Dustin Ackley (9)
CS - Cole Gillespie (2, 2nd base by Nuno/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Zunino-Miller-Bloomquist-Cano, Zunino-Miller-Bloomquist-Cano-Bloomquist-Miller, Zunino-Miller-Bloomquist-Cano-Bloomquist-Miller-Cano-Bloomquist
Seattle Mariners
Hisashi Iwakuma (L,4-3) 7.1733250 2.79
Charlie Furbush 1.2100020 4.26
HBP - Solarte (by Charlie Furbush)
Pitches-Strikes - Hisashi Iwakuma 108-69, Charlie Furbush 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hisashi Iwakuma 10-5, Charlie Furbush 1-1
Batters Faced - Hisashi Iwakuma 29, Charlie Furbush 6
Game Information
Attendance - 28405
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters