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Mariners use biggest inning of season to down Yankees

May 5, 2007 - 3:56 AM BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- In a half hour, the Seattle Mariners had their most productive inning of the season and the New York Yankees continued their inconsistent pitching.

Yuniesky Betancourt had a go-ahead two-run double in an eight-run fifth inning as the Mariners pounded out 20 hits in a 15-11 victory over the Yankees in the opener of a four-game series Friday.

Seattle won for the eighth time in 10 games and overcame deficits of 5-0 and 8-6. The Mariners also won for just the fourth time in their last 15 visits to Yankee Stadium and did so by getting contributions from every member of their lineup.

Every Mariner had at least one hit but the most effective part of the order was Kenji Johjima, Betancourt and Jose Lopez, who were a combined 8-for-15 with nine RBI.

"It takes a whole team to win ballgames but it was great to see those two young guys and Johjima, those three (guys at) the bottom of the lineup doing their job in very key situations because the end of the game was still close," Seattle designated hitter Jose Vidro said. "They came up big for us and we came up with the top of the lineup and things got a lot easier for the guys hitting behind them because there were guys on base and they had to pitch to us.

"It's good, it's contributions from everybody," Mariners right fielder Jose Guillen said. "It's a great win."

Johjima and Lopez homered off Yankees starter Kei Igawa. Johjima connected in the second and Lopez homered in the fourth but each played prominent roles in the fifth.

Johjima forged an 8-8 tie with a single to right and Betancourt put Seattle ahead for good by lining a 3-1 pitch off center fielder Johnny Damon's head.

The Mariners were hardly done as they sent 13 men to the plate against Igawa, Colter Bean and Luis Vizcaino. The three pitchers combined to throw 46 pitches and Bean took the loss by allowing Betancourt's double.

"It means that it's good," Seattle third baseman Adrian Beltre said of the outburst. "It means that our guys feel more comfortable swinging the bat and hitting in key situations and with people in scoring position which is exactly what you want to do right now."

"(It's a) helpless (feeling) because you know you don't want to go through your whole bullpen," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Bean (0-1) was so ineffective that Vizcaino replaced him after he fell behind Lopez 2-0. Lopez finished the at-bat with a two-run single to center and three batters later Raul Ibanez singled to right to cap the inning.

"Spectacular," Seattle manager Mike Hargrove said. "We worked got into good counts. The kid Bean came in and we were patient enough to let him kind of bury himself. That was good. I thought we were patient to the point where we got into good counts."

The Yankees opened a seven-game homestand coming off a three-game sweep in Texas that featured solid outings from Philip Hughes, Mike Mussina and Andy Pettitte. They were hopeful that Igawa would continue the trend, especially when they scored five times in the bottom of the first off Cha Seung-Baek.

Jorge Posada highlighted the inning with a two-run double and Melky Cabrera capped it with an RBI single. After Igawa gave up home runs to Johjima and Adrian Beltre, the Yankees took a 6-3 lead on Hideki Matsui's solo home run in the third.

The Mariners tied it in the fourth on Betancourt's RBI double and Lopez's two-run home run. But the Yankees went ahead 8-6 on Rodriguez's two-run double off Eric O'Flaherty.

The outburst overshadowed a sub-par outing by Baek, who is filling in for the injured Felix Hernandez. Baek lasted 3 2/3 innings and was charged with seven runs and eight hits.

Despite giving up Rodriguez's hit, O'Flaherty (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings for his first career victory. George Sherill gave up Damon's three-run home run in the seventh and rookie Brendon Morrow tossed a hitless eighth but gave up consecutive one-out walks to Robinson Cano and Melky Cabrera in the ninth.

Closer J.J. Putz came on for the final two outs and loaded the bases when he allowed a base hit to pinch hitter Jason Giambi. But he retired Damon on a popout to first and got Jeter to ground out on the first pitch for his sixth save in as many opportunities.

"You try to look at the positives," Jeter said. "We didn't give up. Today we just couldn't stop them."

Igawa lasted four-plus innings and was rocked for eight runs and nine hits. It was the shortest start of his brief tenure as a Yankee and the least effective.

"I thought I threw OK today," Igawa said through an interpreter. "I had a couple of at-bats where the ball went through the infielders and another at-bat that went for a home run. But overall I thought I threw good."






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    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 5 2:49 AM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    SEATTLE 0 1 2 3 8 0 1 0 0 15 20 0
    NY YANKEES 5 0 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 11 16 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: SEA - CHA SEUNG BAEK, ERIC O'FLAHERTY (4TH), GEORGE SHERRILL (7TH),
    BRANDON MORROW (8TH), J.J. PUTZ (9TH) AND KENJI JOHJIMA
    NYY - KEI IGAWA, COLTER BEAN (5TH), LUIS

    May 4 10:39 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY JOHNNY DAMON (2) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT
    IN THE 7TH OFF GEORGE SHERRILL SCORED MELKY CABRERA AND JOSH
    PHELPS.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 15, NY YANKEES 11
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D JETER (.336, 0-FOR-4)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 10:04 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY RICHIE SEXSON SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R SEXSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 15
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J GUILLEN (.269, 1-FOR-3, BB, RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:51 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY RAUL IBANEZ SCORED JOSE LOPEZ AND ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, R IBANEZ ON FIRST, J VIDRO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 14
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: R SEXSON (.146, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:20 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE LOPEZ SCORED KENJI JOHJIMA AND YUNIESKY
    BETANCOURT.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J LOPEZ ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 12
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.277, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:10 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED RICHIE SEXSON AND JOSE
    GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, K JOHJIMA ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 10
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.297, 1-FOR-2, HR, 2 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:04 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KENJI JOHJIMA SCORED RAUL IBANEZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, K JOHJIMA ON FIRST, J GUILLEN ON SECOND, R
    SEXSON ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 8
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.253, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:02 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JOSE GUILLEN SCORED JOSE VIDRO.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J GUILLEN ON FIRST, R SEXSON ON SECOND, R
    IBANEZ ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 7
    NY YANKEES 8 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: K JOHJIMA (.311, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 9:00 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED DOUG MIENTKIEWICZ AND BOBBY
    ABREU.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6
    NY YANKEES 8 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.279, 1-FOR-1, BB, HR, RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 8:44 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSE LOPEZ (4) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 4TH OFF KEI IGAWA SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 6, NY YANKEES 6
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: I SUZUKI (.277, 1-FOR-2)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 8:21 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY YUNIESKY BETANCOURT SCORED JOSE GUILLEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 4
    NY YANKEES 6 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J LOPEZ (.288, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 8:20 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY HIDEKI MATSUI (2) TO RIGHT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF CHA SEUNG BAEK.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, NY YANKEES 6
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: J POSADA (.337, 1-FOR-1, 2 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 8:04 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY ADRIAN BELTRE (4) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 3RD OFF KEI IGAWA SCORED ICHIRO SUZUKI.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 3, NY YANKEES 5
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: J VIDRO (.302, 0-FOR-1)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:59 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY KENJI JOHJIMA (3) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF KEI IGAWA.
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 1, NY YANKEES 5
    DUE UP FOR SEATTLE: Y BETANCOURT (.247, 3 HR, 7 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:43 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MELKY CABRERA SCORED JORGE POSADA.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M CABRERA ON FIRST, R CANO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    NY YANKEES 5 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: D MIENTKIEWICZ (.164, 3 HR, 8 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:34 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ROBINSON CANO SCORED HIDEKI MATSUI.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, R CANO ON SECOND, J POSADA ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    NY YANKEES 4 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: M CABRERA (.218, 0 HR, 8 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:32 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JORGE POSADA SCORED BOBBY ABREU AND ALEX
    RODRIGUEZ.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J POSADA ON FIRST, H MATSUI ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    NY YANKEES 3 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: R CANO (.277, 1 HR, 11 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:30 PM


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    AT NY YANKEES - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALEX RODRIGUEZ SCORED JOHNNY DAMON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A RODRIGUEZ ON FIRST, B ABREU ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: SEATTLE 0
    NY YANKEES 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY YANKEES: H MATSUI (.262, 1 HR, 10 RBI)

    Mariners vs. YankeesMay 4 7:24 PM