Clint Frazier hit a tiebreaking two-run double, Didi Gregorius and Brett Gardner combined for three home runs and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners, 6-4, Sunday at Safeco Field. >> Box score
Gardner went 2-for-5 with a leadoff home run in the first inning and a game-tying RBI single in the sixth inning off James Pazos (2-3). Frazier followed and drove in two runs with a double to left field that made it 6-4, as the Yankees won a series for the first time since June 9-11.
Gregorius homered in the second and fourth innings to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead, but Yankees starting pitcher Caleb Smith allowed a two-run single to Ben Gamel and a two-run double to Guillermo Heredia in the bottom of the fourth inning that gave the Mariners a 4-3 lead.
Smith didn't make it out of the fourth inning, allowing four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Chad Green (1-0) struck out three batters in 2 1/3 shutout innings, while Dellin Betances, David Robertson and Aroldis Chapman each threw one scoreless inning.
Yovani Gallardo allowed three runs and five hits in five innings of work for the Mariners.
The Yankees finally win a series (it took 11 series to do so) and pull themselves within one game in the loss column of the first-place Boston Red Sox. New York's offense came through for another comeback win and the bullpen preserved the lead. However, not everything was perfect in today's win.
Smith once again was good at the outset of his start, going three innings this time as opposed to the two innings in a relief appearance. However, the second time through the order was more difficult. Despite some soft hits to get things going, Heredia's doubled was a loud hit that knocked Smith out of the game.
The Yankees can test as many internal options as they want for the fifth starter spot, but the truth is they need to add a No. 2- or No. 3-caliber starter if they believe there is a playoff run in them. Doing so will subsequently push two or three pitchers down in the pecking order with Luis Severino sitting at the top and completely strengthen the rotation by removing inexperienced minor leaguers.
The Yankees are off Monday and begin a two-game series against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday.
Jordan Montgomery (6-5, 4.09 ERA) will face Luis Castillo (1-3, 3.86 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.