Seattle’s bullpen combined for four scoreless innings of one-hit relief and Mitch Haniger scored the go-ahead run in eighth inning as the Mariners defeated the visiting New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday afternoon to avoid a season sweep.
Haniger led off the eighth with a walk off right-hander Dellin Betances (4-5) and then stole second. A sacrifice bunt by Jean Segura advanced Haniger to third and he scored when Robinson Cano hit a hard grounder to shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria against a drawn-in infield. Hechavarria made a diving stop on the ball, but his throw home to catcher Austin Romine was slightly up the first-base line, allowing Haniger to slide headfirst and swipe his hand across the back of home plate just before the tag.
The Yankees had won the first two games of the three-game weekend series after sweeping the Mariners in three straight games in June in New York.
Alex Colome (6-5) got the victory after delivering a scoreless eighth and fellow right-hander Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 54th save of the season.
The Yankees scored in the first. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar hit back-to-back doubles to left field.
The Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the inning with four straight two-out hits. Cano and Nelson Cruz grounded singles to center and right field, respectively. Ryon Healy and Cameron Maybin both lined run-scoring singles to center.
The Yankees tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth. Neil Walker, Luke Voit and Gleyber Torres led off the inning with singles to load the bases. After Hechavarria struck out and Brett Gardner fouled out to third base, Andrew McCutchen drew a run-scoring walk on a full count off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez.
Ramirez went five innings and allowed two runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts.
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia didn’t get a decision, but continued his mastery at Safeco Field. Sabathia, who is 10-1 in 15 starts in Seattle, allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out four.
—Field Level Media