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July 1, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Yankees, July 1: Yankees win, 4-2

Mariano Rivera shuts down the Mariners in the ninth, and the Mariners can’t pull off a sweep at Yankee Stadium, losing 4-2 despite coming back to tie the game in the eighth. A-Rod’s two-run homer off David Aardsma in the bottom of the eighth is the difference.
YANKEES EIGHTH: So much for the Mariner comeback. Aardsma comes in, strikes out Swisher, but gives up a single to Teixeira, and then, on an 0-1 pitch, an opposite-field, two-run homer to A-Rod, No. 595 in his career. And here comes Mariano. 4-2 Yankees
MARINERS EIGHTH: M’s tie it, thanks to a clutch two-out hit by Russ Branyan, and a passed ball by Jorge Posada. Bard led off with and moved to second on Ichiro’s one-out single. Figgins popped out, but Posada’s passed ball moved up the runners, and Branyan delivered a two-run single to right. Sabathia is at 117 pitches, and, I’m sure, done for the day. 2-2.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Mariners can’t do anything with a one-out walk to Jose Lopez. Franklin Gutierrez felt good enough to come off the bench to pinch-hit for Langerhans but grounded out to end the inning. 2-0 Yankees.
YANKEES SIXTH: Rowland-Smith works nicely out of a big mess. With two outs, A-Rod doubled against the center-field wall. Wakamatsu elected to intentionally walk the left-handed hitting Cano to get to the switch-hitting Posada, who walked on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases. But Rowland-Smith,with Sean White warming up, got Curtis Granderson to ground out to first to end the threat. 2-0 Yankees.
MARINERS SIXTH:Sabathia gets them in order, though it took a nice grab by third baseman Ramiro Pena on Ichiro’s high hopper, and a line drive by Figgins right at the second baseman. Sabathia has a 75-pitch three-hitter going through six. 2-0 Mariners.
MARINERS FIFTH:M’s squander another rare threat against Sabathia, when Langerhans gets a one-out single and steals second. But Bard strikes out and Saunders lines out. 2-0 Yankees.
YANKEES FOURTH: Teixeira led off with a single to end a streak of nine straight outs by Rowland-Smith, but is immediately erased on a double-play ball by A-Rod. Cano followed with a homer to right. 2-0 Yankees.
YANKEES THIRD:That’s nine in a row retired by Rowland-Smith since giving up hits to the first two batters, as he retires the side in order again. 1-0 Yankees.
YANKEES SECOND: A 1-2-3 inning for Rowland-Smith, thanks to a sprawling catch by Ryan Langerhans in left on Brettt Gardner’s sinking liner. 1-0 Yankees.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s blow a big chance to tie the game after Milton Bradley leads off with a ground-rule double to left-center. Jose Lopez moved him up with a ground out to third, but Bradley wound up stranded at third when Josh Wilson popped up to second, and Ryan Langerhans looked at strike three. 1-0 Yankees.
YANKEES FIRST:It looked like Rowland-Smith was headed for early disaster when Jeter led off with a single and moved to third on Swisher’s double. But Rowland-Smith recovered to get Mark Teixeira on a groundout (Jeter scoring) and strike out A-Rod. Cano then hit a looper to shallow left-center that shortstop Josh Wilson ran down on a very nice play. 1-0 Yankees.
MARINERS FIRST: Sabathia: 7 pitches, 3 harmless flies. Sabathia has won his last five starts, and is undefeated in his last 14 starts at Yankee Stadium (10-0, 2.10). This could be a long day for M’s. (Or, if they keep having seven-pitch innings, a short one). 0-0.
The Mariners are going for their first three-game sweep against the Yankees in New York since May 3-5, 2002.
I neglected to mention this yesterday, but Chone Figgins has at least one stolen bases in each of the past seven games. That’s a new Mariners’ record, surpassing the six straight by Julio Cruz in 1981.
The M’s finished June with a 14-13 record, their first winning month since last September. They were 11-12 in April, 8-19 in May.

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