American League Game Summary - Seattle at New York|
(Sunday, May 13th)
Final Score: Seattle 6, New York 2
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte gave up two-run homers to Casper
Wells and Justin Smoak in his long-awaited return to the mound, which allowed
the Seattle Mariners to beat the New York Yankees, 6-2, on Sunday.
Pettitte (0-1), making his first start in the big leagues since 2010, was
charged with four runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. The soon-to-be 40-
year-old left-hander walked three and fanned two.
"I felt good. I did," said Pettitte. "I didn't really know what to expect. I
envisioned what I wanted to feel like out there and I'll tell you, it came
back really quick."
Pettitte retired after the 2010 season, but returned to the team in spring
training on a minor league contract after sitting out last year. The three-
time All-Star was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre prior to the
"He was pretty good," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "You look through the
first five innings and he only really gave up one hard-hit ball and got a ton
of ground ball outs. He used all his pitches. To get us into the seventh
inning, that's pretty good."
The Mariners got a strong outing from Kevin Millwood (1-4), who allowed one
run on three hits over seven innings. Millwood struck out six and walked four
en route to his first victory of the season.
Robinson Cano and Russell Martin each had an RBI for the Yankees, who were
trying for their first sweep of the Mariners in the Bronx since May 23-25,
Pettitte looked good early on, allowing just two walks over the first three
innings. But after retiring the first two batters in the fourth, he walked
Jesus Montero. Smoak followed with a blast over the wall in left to give
Seattle a 2-0 lead.
The Yankees managed to get one run back in the fifth. Mark Teixeira reached
base on an infield single, Nick Swisher singled off the wall in right and Raul
Ibanez walked to load the bases. Following the first out of the frame, Martin
walked to force in a run. However, Derek Jeter grounded into a double play to
keep it 2-1.
Wells homered off Pettitte in the sixth to make it a 4-1 contest. Dustin
Ackley led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on
Wells' blast off the right-field foul pole.
"It's not about this one start," Pettitte said. "I'll measure if this was a
successful return or not at the end of October, when we are where I'm hoping
New York scored just one time in the eighth despite loading the bases. Eric
Chavez singled, Jeter singled and Alex Rodriguez walked to fill the bases with
two outs. Charlie Furbush walked Cano to force in a run. It remained a 4-2
game, though, as Teixeira went down swinging to end the inning.
The Mariners tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth. Alex Liddi doubled,
Brendan Ryan walked and Ackley walked to load the bases with two outs. Wells
then hit a grounder back to the mound that deflected off Clay Rapada's glove.
A run crossed the plate as Rapada retrieved the ball, and another run scored
on his wild throw to first.
The 37-year-old Millwood improved to 3-7 in 15 career starts against the
Yankees...Pettitte was a member of all five Yankees World Series title teams
since 1996 and has more postseason wins than anyone else in major league
history. He's made at least one start in 14 different seasons with the Yankees
(1995-2003, '07-10, '12), becoming just the third pitcher in Yankees franchise
history to accomplish the feat, joining Whitey Ford (16 seasons) and Red
Ruffing (15)...New York outfielder Curtis Granderson played in his 1,000th
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