Something about Felix Hernandez and Yankee Stadium produces a great chemistry the home fans only wish they could see on a regular basis in pinstripes.
Hernandez wasn't quite as dominant as he usually is in the Bronx, but he was plenty good enough for a 10-2 win by the Mariners over the Yankees last night in the makeup of a game that was rained out April 30.
Hernandez (8-1) gave up eight hits in seven innings, including five in the Yankees' two-run fourth, but also struck out eight, walked none and retired the last nine batters he faced. He is 6-2 in nine career starts in New York, including a 5-1 mark at new Yankee Stadium.
Kyle Seager had a three-run homer, two triples and a double for the Mariners, who scored four runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth to break open a 2-2 game.
Just as they did during his first trip back to the Bronx in April, Yankees fans took every opportunity to boo Robinson Cano, who left as a free agent for a 10-year deal worth $240 million. He missed the previous four games with a hand contusion.
Cano arrived hitting .327 with 31 RBIs, so the injury might cool him off a bit. "I was hitting good the whole year, and the team was going the right way,'' he said. "But it's part of the game. I'm ready to put my head down and go out there and continue to play.''
The former Yankee knew what kind of reception to expect. "It's the fans,'' he said. "You can't control that. I'm not on the home team. It's out of my hands.''
Cano, who walked his first two times up, actually gave the fans something to cheer about when he was picked off first base in the third inning on the sort of careless play that drew their ire at times when he was wearing pinstripes. But he singled in the ninth and scored on a three-run homer by Seager.
Seager started the Mariners on their way to victory with leadoff triples in the second and fourth. He scored on a single by Mike Zunino in the second and a forceout by Dustin Ackley in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.
On Seager's second triple, Brett Gardner slid toward the leftfield line feet-first in an attempt to make the catch and had the ball for a moment, but it popped out of his glove. Derek Jeter nearly caught the ricochet but juggled it and lost it down the leftfield line. He didn't chase it, thinking it was a foul ball, and Seager made it to third.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the fourth. Brian McCann singled, Yangervis Solarte doubled and both scored on a two-out infield single by Ichiro Suzuki off Hernandez's heel. Brian Roberts and Kelly Johnson followed with singles, but Ichiro took the Yankees out of the inning by overrunning third base on Johnson's hit and getting tagged out.
Yankees starter David Phelps (1-3) was working on a string of seven straight outs heading into the seventh but couldn't get anybody else out. Zunino led off with a double and Ackley walked, and when Endy Chavez dropped a sacrifice bunt, Phelps' throw to third arrived a split-second late to load the bases with none out. No. 9 hitter Brad Miller then singled up the middle to drive in two runs and end Phelps' night.
Matt Thornton came on and got one out, but Michael Saunders' two-run single under first baseman Johnson's glove gave the Mariners a 6-2 lead. All the runs were charged to Phelps.
Saunders hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth off Alfredo Aceves before Seager's three-run shot.