Following a stretch where every game seemed to be decided by a single run, the Mariners lost their second straight lopsided game against an American League East team, getting walloped by the New York Yankees in the Bronx.
The Yankees are a brutal combination for opposing pitchers, with a collection of heavy hitters that play in one of the most hitter friendly ballparks in baseball. In the small little bandbox that is Yankee Stadium, the Yankees offense rode a big fifth inning against Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, scoring four runs to put themselves ahead for good.
With Tuesday’s 7-2 loss, the Mariners have scored three runs or less in four of their past five games.
After giving up a solo home run to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning, Gonzales seemed to settle down until the fifth. With a runner aboard, Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar lined a low fastball over the bullpen in left field, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead.
Two batters later, Aaron Hicks hit two-run homer to left, putting the Yankees up by four runs.
In the bottom of the seventh, Nelson Cruz continued his scorching week with a solo home run. But yet again, New York had an answer, scoring a run of their own on an RBI single from Aaron Judge in the bottom half of the inning.
Nick Rumbelow pitched in relief for Gonzales in the seventh, and gave up a booming home run to Gleyber Torres, giving the Yankees a 7-2 lead, the eventual winning score.
Rookie pitcher Domingo German was dominant for New York, pitching seven innings of two-hit ball, allowing only two runs, and striking out nine.
The Mariners got on the board in the first inning, when Dee Gordon scored on an RBI fielder’s hit by Mitch Haniger.
The Mariners record is now 46-28, two and a half games behind Houston in the AL West. The Yankees improved to 48-22, and have the best winning percentage in the American League.
Felix Hernandez will get the start on Wednesday for the Mariners, pitching against Yankees right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga, who will be making his second career start.