American League Game Summary - Seattle at New York|
(Thursday, May 1st)
Final Score: Seattle 4, New York 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Robinson Cano drew the ire of New York
Yankees fans once again, this time knocking in a pair of runs against his
former club to help his new one, the Seattle Mariners, come through with a 4-2
victory that swept a rain-shortened two-game set.
Cano went a relatively harmless 1-for-5 with an RBI while greeted with mostly
boos in Seattle's 6-3 triumph over New York on Tuesday, the All-Star second
baseman's first game at Yankee Stadium since signing a 10-year, $240 million
contract with Seattle over the winter. He did a bit more damage in this one,
coming through with a run-scoring double in his initial at-bat and an RBI
fielder's choice in his second.
Rookie Roenis Elias (2-2) gave the Mariners quite a lift as well, striking out
a career-best 10 batters while permitting just two runs -- one earned -- over
seven strong innings.
"He was good," Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said of Elias. Today he was
able to pitch in-and-out and basically, we couldn't do nothing against him."
Michael Saunders added three hits, including an RBI double, in Seattle's fifth
win in six outings that followed an eight-game skid from April 15-22.
Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first homer as a Yankee and fellow offseason pickup
Brian McCann had an RBI single in the loss, but starter Hiroki Kuroda (2-3)
was reached for four runs -- three earned -- over six innings while being
outpitched by Elias.
Elias' Yankee Stadium debut got off to a rough beginning, as Ellsbury smacked
the young lefty's fourth pitch of the night into the bleachers in right to
knot the score at 1-1. Cano had put the Mariners ahead with a first-inning
double that came after Stefen Romero reached on a single.
The Seattle starter quickly shook off the homer by striking out the next three
hitters, then kept the Yankees off the board over the following four innings
as the Mariners capitalized on an error by New York shortstop Derek Jeter in
the third and tagged Kuroda for two more runs in the fourth.
After Jeter's misplay of a grounder off the bat of Brad Miller put the leadoff
man aboard in the third, Saunders stroked a single before Cano beat out a
potential double-play ball as Miller crossed the plate to break the tie.
Miller later came through with a clutch two-out single that plated Kyle Seager
in the fourth, with Saunders following with a ground-rule double into the
left-center field gap that increased the lead to 4-1.
"[Kuroda's] splitter is his out pitch, and the first time through the order I
feel like we all learned to get that ball up," said Saunders. "After that, we
put some pretty good swings on it, especially after seeing some pitches."
Cano threw wildly to second on a potential inning-ending force play to put
Alfonso Soriano in scoring position for McCann, who shot a grounder through
the left side that got New York within 4-2.
Elias set the Yankees down in order in the seventh, though, before Yoervis
Medina and Fernando Rodney closed out the victory with a scoreless inning
The Mariners have now won four straight times at Yankee Stadium and have
outscored New York by a 25-9 margin during the streak ... Ellsbury returned to
action after sitting Tuesday's opener with a sore left hand. His homer was the
11th of his career when leading off a game ... Rodney is now 6-for-7 in save
opportunities this season ... The Yankees fell to 2-3 on their current eight-
05/02 00:40:49 ET