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June 30, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, June 30: Mariners win 7-0

Mariners win 7-0 on a brilliant two-hitter by Felix (11 strikeouts).
MARINERS EIGHTH:Breakout game for Michael Saunders: He hits his second homer, into the second deck in right. M’s haven’t had a four-homer game since Sept. 27, 2009. It’s 7-0.
YANKEES SEVENTH: Felix has allowed two hits through seven, and one was a routine pop fly that Chone Figgins couldn’t see. The other was a solid double by Teixeira. 5-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Russ Branyan launches his first homer as a Mariner since Aug. 25, 2009 vs. Oakland. And off a lefty, Damaso Marte, with a man aboard. It’s 5-0 M’s.
MARINERS SIXTH: 1-2-3 for Vazquez, who is at 113 pitches and probably done. Tough night for Rob Johnson — three strikeouts and a passed ball. 3-0 Mariners.
YANKEES FIFTH: Another easy inning for Felix, although it would have been easier if Chone Figgins hadn’t lost Colin Curtis’s popup. It dropped for a gift double. Figgins lost another popup, but Ichiro had time to run in and catch it. Jeter’s hard grounder knocked down Felix, who threw him out from his butt. 3-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners load the bases with two outs (Ichiro single, walks to Branyan and Lopez, but Ryan Langerhans strikes out on Vazquez’s 97th pitch. 3-0 Mariners.
YANKEES FOURTH: Mark Teixeira gets a leadoff double for the Yankees’ first hit, but Felix retires the next three (striking out A-Rod in the process). 3-0 Mariners.
YANKEES THIRD: Felix: 22 pitches in the first inning, 23 in the next two innings combined. He’s now retired seven in a row. Derek Jeter went down on a called strike three for the second out of the third. 3-0 Mariners.
MARINERS THIRD:Turns out Franklin Gutierrez left the game because of an upset stomach. The Mariners tack on two more runs, with Michael Saunders hitting a leadoff homer, his sixth, on a 2-1 pitch. Then, with two outs, Vazquez hit Russell Branyan. Milton Bradley reached on a checked-swing infield single, and Jose Lopez brought home Branyan with a bloop single on a 3-2 pitch, barely eluding a leaping Jeter. 3-0 Mariners.
YANKEES SECOND:A much smoother inning for Felix, who gets two fly outs, then fans Colin Curtis looking. Curtis, from Issaquah High School, is making his first major-league start tonight. 1-0 Mariners.
MARINERS SECOND: Milton Bradley puts the M’s on the board with his eighth homer, on an 0-2 pitch from Vazquez. Ryan Langerhans pinch-hit for Franklin Gutierrez and got a single. No word yet on Gutierrez’s issue. 1-0 Mariners.
YANKEES FIRST:A great leaping catch by Michael Saunders on a Robinson Cano drive with two outs and two aboard gets Felix out of trouble. Cano was the first Yankee to put the ball in play as Hernandez walked two and struck out two. And after writing about Rob Johnson’s improvement blocking pitches, wouldn’t you know it? He had a passed ball and had another one bounce off him for a wild pitch. Felix threw 22 pitches but escaped any damage. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: An easy 12-pitch inning for Javier Vazquez, who get Ichiro to fly out on the first pitch, Figgins to fly to center, and then strikes out Russ Branyan. 0-0.
One of my favorite King Felix moment occurred in New York, albeit at Shea Stadium — his grand slam off Johan Santana. He’s 2-3 with a 4.59 ERA in five career starts against the Yankees.
Here’s a stat that says a lot about this Mariners’ season: If Hernandez wins tonight, it would be only the second time this season Cliff Lee and Hernandez have won back-to-back games. They did it June 18 and 19. That’s not exactly the way the Mariners drew it up. They have had four previous opportunities to record back-to-back wins.
Colin Curtis, the Yankees’ left fielder, is a 2003 graduate of Issaquah High School.

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