Kikuchi, Healy lead Mariners to 10-1 rout of Yankees

NEW YORK (AP) Facing the famous New York Yankees for the very first time, Yusei Kikuchi really stuck it to `em.

Maybe he had a little illicit help.

Kikuchi pitched brilliantly into the eighth inning and Ryon Healy had four extra-base hits as the Seattle Mariners routed New York 10-1 on Wednesday night.

The rookie left-hander from Japan allowed only three soft hits in 7 2/3 innings. After the game, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was aware cameras showed a dark substance - perhaps illegal pine tar - smudged under the brim of Kikuchi's cap.

''I heard they were talking about it, so I was made aware of it sometime like in the eighth inning there,'' Boone said. ''So, I'll take a look at it and we'll kind of see what we can make of it.''

A team spokesman for the Mariners said Kikuchi would not comment about whatever was on his hat.

Though it's against the rules for pitchers to put any foreign substance on the ball, word is many of them often use pine tar on their fingers or some other sticky material to help with their grip.

It's one of baseball's worst-kept secrets. But pitchers are usually pretty discreet about it, and plenty of hitters would rather face a pitcher with reliable control than one who might let slip a 95 mph fastball sailing toward their neck.

Still, pitchers have been punished in the past for putting pine tar on the ball - former Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda was ejected and suspended after getting caught in Boston.

Healy homered and hit three doubles to help the Mariners win for only the second time in 10 games. Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnacion also went deep as Seattle (20-19), which opened 13-2 this year, snapped a seven-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium and avoided dropping below .500 for the first time since the final day of the 2017 season.

''This is the place where all the history of baseball is the center point,'' Kikuchi said through a translator. ''I was really excited to go up there and it was amazing.''

After walking his first batter, Kikuchi (2-1) retired 16 in a row before Mike Tauchman fisted a bloop double over third base with one out in the sixth for New York's first hit. DJ LeMahieu followed with a single, and Luke Voit's sacrifice fly prevented a shutout.

''He was executing pitches, locating them and spotting them as good as you can,'' Yankees designated hitter Miguel Andujar said through a translator.

Facing an injury-depleted New York lineup stacked with eight right-handed hitters, Kikuchi was in complete control during his second consecutive stellar outing. Featuring an effective slider and curve, he struck out three and walked one while throwing 74 strikes on 106 pitches, his most in nine major league starts.

''He pitched really well and really shut us down,'' Boone said. ''He was in command from the get-go.''

The 27-year-old Kikuchi signed a four-year, $56 million contract with Seattle in the offseason that could be worth up to $109 million over seven seasons if options are exercised.

Last time out, he allowed only one run and three hits at Cleveland, striking out 10 in seven innings.

''Yusei was awesome. He just kind of took over the game,'' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ''He's continuing to get more comfortable, understand who he is. He really looks forward to coming into Yankee Stadium and places he's thought about since he's a little kid and getting an opportunity to pitch there. He's taken it and run with it, so really a big boost for us tonight.''

Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly in the first and a solo shot off Jonathan Loaisiga (1-1) in the fifth. It was Encarnacion's second homer in two nights, fourth in five games and 12th of the season.

Healy hit a two-run shot in the eighth to help Seattle score five times in the final two innings. He finished 4 for 5.

Loaisiga was recalled from the minors to start in place of injured James Paxton, acquired from Seattle in an offseason trade. A year ago on this date, Paxton pitched a no-hitter for the Mariners in his native Canada against the Toronto Blue Jays.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: SS Tim Beckham was rested. ... The team expects 3B Kyle Seager (left hand) will be ready to come off the 60-day injured list when he's eligible on May 25. Seager could begin a minor league rehab assignment in the next five or six days. ... Servais said his guess is live batting practice will probably be the next step for LHP Wade LeBlanc (strained right oblique).

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez and OF Brett Gardner were rested. ... There's a chance CF Aaron Hicks (lower back strain) will be reinstated from the injured list this weekend when New York plays at first-place Tampa Bay, Boone said. Otherwise, it could be on the following homestand next week. Hicks, sidelined all season, played nine innings in center field and went 0 for 3 with a walk Wednesday night in his third rehab game for Class A Tampa. He is hitless in 11 at-bats and scheduled for a day off Thursday. ... 3B Gio Urshela fouled a ball off the bottom of his left knee in the seventh and was removed after the inning. X-rays were negative, and Urshela has a bruise.

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Healy has 16 doubles, one more than his total last season in 133 games.

ROSTER MOVE

After the game, the Yankees optioned RHP Jake Barrett to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Mike Leake (2-3, 4.91 ERA) pitches Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series. He lost both his previous starts against the Yankees, but hasn't faced them since 2014 with Cincinnati.

Yankees: After a rough start to the season, LHP J.A. Happ (1-3, 4.93) has a 3.12 ERA in his last four outings. He is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in seven career starts against the Mariners, who traded him to Pittsburgh in July 2015.

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  • W: Y. Kikuchi (2-1)L: J. Loaisiga (1-1)
  • HR: SEA - E. Encarnacion (12), M. Haniger (9), R. Healy (6)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. LeMahieu 2B-3B30200100.339.396.449.8453.0
    L. Voit 1B30010023.248.361.496.8570.0
    C. Frazier RF40100012.300.318.563.8800.5
    G. Torres SS40000002.270.301.438.7390.0
    M. Andujar DH40000011.156.176.156.333-0.5
    G. Urshela 3B30000000.346.409.526.9350.0
    T. Estrada 2B00000000.333.364.476.8400.0
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    A. Romine C30000000.208.222.283.5050.0
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      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Santana (8), R. Healy 3 (16), D. Moore (3)
      • HR - M. Haniger (9), E. Encarnacion (12), R. Healy (6)
      • SF - E. Encarnacion (2)
      • RBI - D. Gordon (19), M. Haniger (21), E. Encarnacion 2 (26), D. Santana (34), O. Narvaez 2 (15), R. Healy 2 (24), D. Moore (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Gordon (7), O. Narvaez 2 (3), D. Moore (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gordon, M. Haniger, D. Santana, J. Bruce 2 (2), O. Narvaez, D. Moore 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Tauchman (6)
      • SF - L. Voit
      • RBI - L. Voit (30)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 2 (2), C. Frazier, G. Torres
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Haniger (4)
      • CS - D. Moore
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moore-Encarnacion)
      FIELDING
      • E - G. Urshela (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Kikuchi (W, 2-1)7.23111303.541.0627.5
      C. Gearrin0.11000104.111.37-0.5
      C. Sadzeck1.01000001.840.752.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Kikuchi (W, 2-1)7.2
      C. Gearrin0.1
      C. Sadzeck1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Loaisiga (L, 1-1)4.06442314.501.50-3.5
      L. Cessa3.03110513.321.217.5
      J. Barrett2.055523114.732.18-4.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Loaisiga (L, 1-1)4.0
      L. Cessa3.0
      J. Barrett2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 106-74, C. Gearrin 6-4, C. Sadzeck 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 10-10, C. Sadzeck 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 27, C. Gearrin 2, C. Sadzeck 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Cessa
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Loaisiga 83-52, L. Cessa 48-34, J. Barrett 48-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Loaisiga 4-5, J. Barrett 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Loaisiga 20, L. Cessa 12, J. Barrett 13
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      D. Gordon 2B51210012.304.327.406.7323.5
      M. Haniger CF41211101.243.328.513.84110.0
      D. Vogelbach DH41000123.263.413.6111.0241.0
      E. Encarnacion 1B32121101.248.381.544.9259.0
      D. Santana LF41210121.276.347.467.8145.0
      J. Bruce RF50000035.188.256.521.777-1.5
      O. Narvaez C51220021.290.379.458.8374.0
      R. Healy 3B52421010.258.318.515.83313.5
      D. Moore SS41110003.229.327.417.7444.0
      Y. Kikuchi P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. LeMahieu 2B-3B30200100.339.396.449.8453.0
        L. Voit 1B30010023.248.361.496.8570.0
        C. Frazier RF40100012.300.318.563.8800.5
        G. Torres SS40000002.270.301.438.7390.0
        M. Andujar DH40000011.156.176.156.333-0.5
        G. Urshela 3B30000000.346.409.526.9350.0
        T. Estrada 2B00000000.333.364.476.8400.0
        C. Maybin LF30000000.321.441.321.7630.0
        A. Romine C30000000.208.222.283.5050.0
        M. Tauchman CF31200000.203.308.430.7384.0
        J. Loaisiga P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        L. Cessa P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Barrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total301510148-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Santana (8), R. Healy 3 (16), D. Moore (3)
          • HR - M. Haniger (9), E. Encarnacion (12), R. Healy (6)
          • SF - E. Encarnacion (2)
          • RBI - D. Gordon (19), M. Haniger (21), E. Encarnacion 2 (26), D. Santana (34), O. Narvaez 2 (15), R. Healy 2 (24), D. Moore (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Gordon (7), O. Narvaez 2 (3), D. Moore (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Gordon, M. Haniger, D. Santana, J. Bruce 2 (2), O. Narvaez, D. Moore 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Tauchman (6)
          • SF - L. Voit
          • RBI - L. Voit (30)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 2 (2), C. Frazier, G. Torres
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Haniger (4)
          • CS - D. Moore
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moore-Encarnacion)
          FIELDING
          • E - G. Urshela (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Kikuchi (W, 2-1)7.23111303.541.0627.5
          C. Gearrin0.11000104.111.37-0.5
          C. Sadzeck1.01000001.840.752.0
          Total9.0511140---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Kikuchi (W, 2-1)7.2
          C. Gearrin0.1
          C. Sadzeck1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Loaisiga (L, 1-1)4.06442314.501.50-3.5
          L. Cessa3.03110513.321.217.5
          J. Barrett2.055523114.732.18-4.5
          Total9.01410104113---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Loaisiga (L, 1-1)4.0
          L. Cessa3.0
          J. Barrett2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Kikuchi 106-74, C. Gearrin 6-4, C. Sadzeck 4-3
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Kikuchi 10-10, C. Sadzeck 1-1
          • Batters Faced - Y. Kikuchi 27, C. Gearrin 2, C. Sadzeck 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - L. Cessa
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Loaisiga 83-52, L. Cessa 48-34, J. Barrett 48-27
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Loaisiga 4-5, J. Barrett 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Loaisiga 20, L. Cessa 12, J. Barrett 13
          • 9TH INNING
            Narvaez singled to shallow left center, Encarnacion and Santana scored101
            Santana doubled to deep right, Vogelbach scored, Encarnacion to third81
          • 8TH INNING
            Healy homered to right center, Narvaez scored71
          • 6TH INNING
            Voit hit sacrifice fly to right, Tauchman scored51
          • 5TH INNING
            Encarnacion homered to left50
          • 4TH INNING
            Gordon singled to center, Moore scored40
            Moore doubled to deep right, Healy scored30
          • 3RD INNING
            Haniger homered to center20
          • 1ST INNING
            Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Barrett Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Haniger popped out to first
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogelbach walked
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion walked, Vogelbach to second
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Santana doubled to deep right, Vogelbach scored, Encarnacion to third
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Narvaez singled to shallow left center, Encarnacion and Santana scored
            • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Healy doubled to left, Narvaez to third
            • D. Moore: Strike looking, Ball, Moore flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Connor Sadzeck relieved Cory Gearrin
            • C. Frazier: Frazier reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • G. Torres: Ball, Torres lined out to right
            • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded into double play shortstop to first, Frazier out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Thairo Estrada at second base
            • Jake Barrett relieved Luis Cessa
            • J. Bruce: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Narvaez singled to right
            • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Healy homered to right center, Narvaez scored
            • D. Moore: Ball, Moore grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gordon: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Romine: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine flied out to center
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Tauchman singled to shallow right
            • Cory Gearrin relieved Yusei Kikuchi
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu singled to right, Tauchman to second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Haniger singled to left
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vogelbach struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Encarnacion popped out to second
            • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar fouled out to catcher
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Urshela lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • R. Healy: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
            • D. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moore hit by pitch
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon lined out to center
            • M. Haniger: Strike looking, Moore caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Romine grounded out to second
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tauchman doubled to shallow left
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, LeMahieu singled to shallow right, Tauchman to third
            • L. Voit: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Voit hit sacrifice fly to right, Tauchman scored
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Luis Cessa relieved Jonathan Loaisiga
            • D. Vogelbach: Ball, Foul on 3rd baseman Urshela dropped ball error, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Vogelbach struck out looking
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left
            • D. Santana: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana singled to shallow left
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bruce fouled out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar flied out to deep right
            • G. Urshela: Urshela grounded out to first
            • C. Maybin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
            • J. Bruce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Bruce grounded out to first
            • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Narvaez struck out swinging
            • R. Healy: Foul, Healy doubled to deep right
            • D. Moore: Ball, Moore doubled to deep right, Healy scored
            • D. Gordon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Gordon singled to center, Moore scored
            • M. Haniger: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Haniger grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Frazier flied out to center
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
            • M. Haniger: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Haniger homered to center
            • D. Vogelbach: Strike looking, Vogelbach flied out to left
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Encarnacion grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Santana: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine grounded out to third
            • M. Tauchman: Tauchman flied out to left
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
            • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez grounded out to first
            • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Healy doubled to deep left
            • D. Moore: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Moore popped out to second
            • D. Gordon: Gordon fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Strike looking, Urshela grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Maybin: Maybin flied out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Loaisiga Pitching:
            • D. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon singled to shallow center
            • M. Haniger: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Haniger walked, Gordon to second
            • D. Vogelbach: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Vogelbach lined out to center, Gordon to third
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Foul, Encarnacion hit sacrifice fly to center, Gordon scored
            • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Haniger stole second, Ball, Ball, Santana walked
            • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Kikuchi Pitching:
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Voit flied out to right
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to right
            • G. Torres: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Torres grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)