A day after a crushing extra-inning loss, the Yankees rebounded on Saturday with a 6-3 win over the Mariners behind the arm of Sonny Gray and bat of Jacoby Ellsbury.
Gray kept Seattle hitters off-balance all day, striking out nine over seven innings while allowing just one run on three hits.
Ellsbury helped back up the stellar pitching performance, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI.
The center fielder’s home run broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth inning, and he also put the Yankees on the board with an RBI single in the second.
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The Yankees blew the game open in the seventh courtesy of a two-RBI single from Starlin Castro in his second game back from the disabled list.
The Mariners threatened in the top of the eighth, scoring two runs, but Tommy Kahnle got potential tying run and former Yankee Robinson Cano to ground out to end the threat.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Ellsbury’s go-ahead home run in the fourth. With two out and two on, the center fielder hit a deep fly ball into right field that cleared the fence and gave the Bombers a 4-1 lead.
With one out in the sixth, Gray hit both Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager, bringing the potential tying runs to the plate in Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel. But the right-hander escaped the jam, striking out Haniger on a 1-2 curveball and getting Gamel to fly out to center to avert disaster.
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STAR OF THE GAME
Sonny Gray. The Yankees pitcher was in cruise control, striking out nine over seven innings while allowing just three hits — which included a solo home run from Carlos Ruiz — to pick up his second win as a Yanke
STAT OF THE GAME
11. Sonny Gray has allowed two-or-fewer runs in his last 11 straight starts — the longest such streak in MLB this season.
Greg Bird. In his first game with the Yankees since May 1 after a lengthy DL stint, Bird’s two-out single in the fourth inning set the table for Ellsbury’s home run two batters later. He finished 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.
Judge-Sanchez-Didi. The heart of the Yankees lineup was a giant black hole, combining to go 0-for-12 with four strikeouts (three by Judge) and left three runners on base.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He makes 2-3 starts where we don’t score any runs and he’s just continues to go out and does what he’s supposed to do. When we score runs, he wins.” – Joe Girardi on Sonny Gray
Sunday vs. Mariners, 1 p.m.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (9-10, 4.86) vs. LHP Andrew Albers (2-0, 3.60)
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