There were only four current Mariners even with the team back on Sept. 8, 2010 when Jeremy Bonderman last won a game in the majors. Felix Hernandez, Franklin Gutierrez, Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders are still around, though none started last night and Saunders only entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth.
Bonderman was pitching for the Detriot Tigers when that last win came about. After he got rocked 10-0 by the Twins last weekend in his first MLB start in nearly three years, there was talk he might not stick with the Mariners beyond that one game.
But he got a second chance and made the most of it tonight. He went six innings, allowed just a run on three hits and retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced in a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Bonderman bought the Mariners time to do something against Hiroki Kuroda and that they did, touching him up for four runs with a two-out rally in the fourth.
Michael Morse got it going with two out and none on, doubling to center. Two walks later, the bases were juiced for Brendan Ryan, who lined a single that scored two and put the Mariners up 2-1. Endy Chavez then singled off the second base bag and the bases were loaded again for Jason Bay, who lined a two-run single to left for all the scoring we’d see the rest of the way.
The Mariners are back to eight games under .500 with two to go in this series.
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