Yankees 4-5 Mariners: Four-run ninth puts a break on winning streak

New York Yankees pitcher Clay Holmes, second from left, hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone, left, as he leaves during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Monday, May 20, 2024, in New York.
John Allen
Monday May 20, 2024

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New York Yankees 4-5 Seattle Mariners

NEW YORK — The Seattle Mariners orchestrated a thrilling turnaround on Monday evening, overcoming a deficit to triumph over the New York Yankees with a 5-4 victory. Ty France played a pivotal role, hitting a decisive RBI single during a four-run rally in the ninth inning, which ended New York’s seven-game winning streak. Clay Holmes (1-1) took the loss, marking his second blown save out of 15 chances.

In the bottom of the ninth, with a tight score, Luke Raley of Seattle hit an infield single to second baseman Gleyber Torres. A fielding error by Torres enabled Julio Rodriguez to score. Riding the wave of this momentum, Mitch Haniger hit a single that drove in another run, followed by Dominic Canzone’s sacrifice fly that tied the game. Ty France then took the plate and smacked a 2-0 sinker into right field, driving in the go-ahead run.

Yankees Squander Late Lead in Ninth Inning Meltdown

Despite entering the bottom of the eighth with a solid 4-1 lead, the New York Yankees witnessed their advantage vanish in a dramatic ninth-inning collapse. Eduardo Bazardo (1-0) gave up a critical RBI single to Jon Berti, sparking a four-run rally by the Mariners. This comeback was only the second instance in 23 games where Seattle overcame a three-run deficit after the eighth inning.

Andrés Muñoz managed to halt the Mariners’ surge in the ninth, securing the final three outs for his ninth save of the season, although the damage was already inflicted.

Alex Verdugo led the early offensive charge for the Yankees, driving in all three of their runs before the eighth inning. His contributions included a two-run single early in the game and an RBI single in the fifth off Seattle’s starter, Logan Gilbert.

New York’s pitching was strong for most of the evening. Starter Marcus Stroman allowed just one run over seven innings, and reliever Clay Holmes initially preserved the lead before struggling in the ninth. Seattle could only score one run against Stroman before exploiting Holmes’ difficulties.

Despite a commendable effort from their pitching staff, the Yankees’ flawless record of holding late leads was shattered in the ninth, resulting in a heart-wrenching loss.

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On Tuesday, the Yankees aim to recover from a difficult loss as they face the Seattle Mariners. The pitching duel will feature two right-handers: Seattle’s Bryan Woo (1-0, 0.93 ERA), who boasts an impressive ERA, against New York’s reliable Clarke Schmidt (5-1, 2.49 ERA).

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