SEATTLE – The room got silent so Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon decided it was a moment to provide a little levity.
“It’s OK. We just lost a game. We’re going to be OK, promise you,” McClendon said with a chuckle.
With the run the surging Mariners have been on, Tuesday night seemed like another game Seattle was going to find a way to win. Instead, it was Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury coming through in the late innings to give the New York Yankees a 3-2 win.
After Seattle had pulled even at 2-2 in the seventh, Jeter’s ground-rule double with one out in the eighth started New York’s rally. Ellsbury followed with an RBI single off reliever Charlie Furbush on a 0-2 pitch that extended his hitting streak to 14 games and gave the Yankees the lead.
“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.”
Seattle lost for just the second time in 10 games. Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3) struggled through the first inning then cruised into the eighth, giving the Mariners a chance to rally.
But the runs never came. Outside of Cole Gillespie’s RBI single in the first to score Robinson Cano and Dustin Ackley’s two-out single in the seventh to pull Seattle even, the Mariners struggled to get hits with runners in scoring position.
Iwakuma gave up Carlos Beltran’s RBI double in the first that was followed by an RBI infield single from Brian McCann that gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead. From there, Seattle’s right-hander rolled. He threw 7⅓ innings and allowed only five base runners after the first inning. He threw season-high 108 pitches, but made a mistake to Jeter with one out in the eighth and the double ended his night.
“Early on it seemed like they had a very good game plan on what I wanted to do,” Iwakuma said through an interpreter. “I had to change from the second inning on and I was able to get quick outs and use more of the inside of the plate.”
Twins 4, Blue Jays 0
In Toronto, Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, and Kevin Correia won for the first time in four starts.
Royals 9, Indians 5
In Kansas City, Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland and Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer.
Red Sox 1, Orioles 0
In Baltimore, Brandon Workman allowed one hit over 6⅔ innings, and Mike Napoli drove in a run in the third.
Boston closer Koji Uehara struck out two in the ninth and picked up his 13th save of the season.
Angels 2, Athletics 1 (14)
In Anaheim, Collin Cowgill hit a two-out homer in the 14th inning, and the Angels outlasted Oakland for their fifth consecutive victory.
Tigers at White Sox — ppd.
Nationals 2, Giants 1
In San Francisco, Doug Fister threw seven scoreless innings to help Washington beat Madison Bumgarner.
Cubs 7, Pirates 3
In Pittsburgh, Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs.
Dodgers 6, Reds 1
In Cincinnati, Josh Beckett allowed two hits in six shutout innings and Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run single.
Braves 13, Rockies 10
In Denver, Andrelton Simmons hit his first career grand slam as part of a seven-run first.
Phillies 5, Padres 2
In Philadelphia, A.J. Burnett threw 7⅓ sharp innings and Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer.
Diamondbacks 4, Astros 1
In Phoenix, Bronson Arroyo pitched seven innings and Aaron Hill had two late RBIs.
Marlins 8, Rangers 5
In Arlington, Texas, Christian Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs.
Cardinals 1, Rays 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Adam Wainwright scattered seven hits over seven innings and became the NL’s first nine-game winner.