The New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners by the score of 3-1 on Saturday night. The game took place at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington. Andy Pettitte made the start and earned his 250th career victory. Brett Gardner led the offense with three hits.
Pettitte pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up three hits and a run and he struck out six. Dave Robertson walked one in his 2/3 of an inning and Mariano Rivera earned his 22nd save of the season. Rivera pitched an inning and gave up a hit and a walk but struck out the side.
Gardner had three hits, Jayson Nix had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Mark Teixeira had a hit. Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI, Vernon Wells had two hits and Kevin Youkilis drew a walk. Ichiro Suzuki drew a walk, Chris Stewart had a hit. Teixeira and Gardner each hit a double and the Yankees were 3-12 with runners in scoring position and they left nine men on base. Cano and Nix each had a stolen base.
Joe Saunders lost his sixth game of the season; he pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out four. Danny Far quhar pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit, Oliver Perez pitched two innings giving up two hits and striking out three and Matt Capps pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a walk.
Jason Bay had a hit, Kyle Seager had two hits and Michael Morse had an RBI. Raul Ibanez drew a walk, Nick Franklin had a hit and Brendan Ryan drew a walk. The Mariners were 0-5 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
Cano hit an RBI single in the first giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. In the fourth Morse hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one. Nix hit an RBI single in the fifth to make it a 2-1 game in favor of the Yankees. In the seventh Nix hit an RBI single to make it a 3-1 game and that was the final score.
The Yankees record improved to 36-26 and the Mariners record fell to 27-36. The two teams will complete their series with a game on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees have won two out of the first three.
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