The Yankees scored six runs in the first inning and Masahiro Tanaka limited the Mariners to one run in seven strong innings in a 10-1 win at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. >> Box score
The Yankees took advantage of sloppy defense by the Mariners, who committed five errors during New York's six-run first inning. Mariners SS Jean Segura was responsible for three of the errors, and 3B Kyle Seager and LF Ben Gamel also made errors. All six of the runs were unearned.
Starlin Castro had four hits and an RBI, Ronald Torreyes had three hits and an RBI, Jacoby Ellsbury had two hits and two RBIs, and Gary Sanchez had two hits and an RBI in an all-around productive day for the Yankees' offense.
Tanaka allowed six hits, struck out 10 batters, and issued one walk. Chad Smith pitched two perfect innings in relief to round out the win for New York.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected by 2B umpire Mike Everitt in the third inning.
Tanaka makes it three straight seven-inning, one-run efforts from the starting staff and the Yankees win their first rubber game in their last 12 tries. The Yankees offense was aided by the Mariners' porous defense (five errors), and 15 hits en route to their third double digit effort in the last six games.
Tanaka has looked much stronger since returning from his stint on the disabled list, tossing 14 innings and allowing just four runs with 14 strikeouts. I cannot stress enough how important Tanaka being on top of his game will be to the Yankees at this point in the season.
As for the offense, they have begun to compile hits from from up and down the lineup with eight of the nine starters grabbing at least one hit. It was especially nice to see Castro register four hits after going 2-for-8 in his first two games back from the disabled list.
The Yankees (70-59) will open a series with the Indians (73-56) on Monday at 7:05 p.m. Corey Kluber (12-4, 2.65 ERA) will face Luis Severino (11-5, 3.10 ERA)