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New York Yankees Defeated Seattle Mariners 9-4

Aaron Judge hit his 44th home run, and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Monday.

As the Yankees pounded Seattle pitching, Donaldson doubled twice and Andrew Benintendi had two doubles and three RBI. Matt Carpenter broke his left foot when he fouled off a pitch in the first inning, so it wasn’t a perfect night.

Donaldson and Benintendi got the party started as New York battered starter Logan Gilbert for seven earned runs and ten hits, six of which were for extra bases. That was enough for Jameson Taillon (11-2), who only allowed three hits in seven innings.

After the Yankees were swept in St. Louis last weekend, New York manager Aaron Boone called a team meeting ahead of the series opener in Seattle. His message was mostly a reminder that the Bronx Bombers are arguably the most talented team in the American League and, following the trade deadline, have the pieces to make this a special season.

Donaldson hit a two-run single in his first at-bat, his 11th home run with two outs in the third, and the first of three consecutive doubles to end Gilbert’s night in the fifth.

Benintendi’s two-out double in the third inning scored Gleyber Torres, and his double over the head of left fielder Jesse Winker in the fifth inning scored two runs and was Gilbert’s final batter.

Seattle’s young right-hander allowed a season-high number of runs and hits. Gilbert (10-5) failed to pitch at least five innings for the first time in 23 starts this season.

Taillon allowed a solo home run to Mitch Haniger in the first and a solo home run to Cal Raleigh in the seventh, but he avoided major damage. In the fourth, J.P. Crawford worked an 11-pitch, bases-loaded walk to bring in a run, and Raleigh followed with a long fly ball that had home run potential but was pulled slightly foul.

Taillon did nothing but cruise. He struck out six and walked three in his first start since beating Boston on July 16.

In the ninth, Judge hit a home run.

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RHP, New York Yankees Gerrit Cole (9-4, 3.56 ERA) looks to bounce back after allowing six runs in the first inning against Seattle in his previous start. In 10 career starts against the Mariners, Cole is 6-3 with a 2.48 ERA.

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