The Seattle Mariners were hoping to lock up a series win on Sunday against the New York Yankees. For a few innings, they hung in there, but a couple of costly mistakes helped lead to a 6-2 loss and another series dropped to the Yankees.
Jesus Montero gave the Mariners an early lead in the top of the first inning by driving in Dustin Ackley with a single, but then ran through a stop sign and was thrown out trying to score on a Kyle Seager single, ending the inning and the rally.
Mark Teixeira tied up the game with an RBI single of his own in the bottom of the first inning. The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the second as Dustin Ackley whiffed on a grounder that should have ended the inning.
Derek Jeter hit an RBI single in the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Montero picked up another RBI single in the fifth to close the gap to 3-2, but that would be the end of the offense for the M's. Raul Ibanez got that run right back with a homer in the bottom of the fifth to make it 4-2. Ibanez put the game away for good in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single.
Hiroki Kuroda was also on top of his game, but he allowed a two-out RBI single to Mike Carp in the second inning. That would prove to be all the run support that Hernandez would need.
Hernandez allowed a double to Robinson Cano and a single to Suzuki, but that was the extent of the New York offense. He allowed two walks to go with the two hits and struck out six Yankees batters. This is Hernandez's 10th win of the season.
The Mariners have a chance to pick up a massive series win in the rubber game on Sunday.
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run single off of Seattle starter Kevin Millwood in the third inning to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Casper Wells hit a solo home run in the fourth to cut that lead in half, but Eric Chavez launched a two-run homer off of Millwood in the sixth to make it 4-1 New York.
Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez hit RBI singles in the seventh to make it 6-1. In the top of the ninth, Brendan Ryan walked to lead off the inning and Dustin Ackley followed up with a home run, but Seattle made three quick outs after that to end the game.
The M's will try to regroup on Saturday and even up the series.