The Yankees had a big fifth inning and four homers from four different players en route to a 7-3 win. >> Box Score
Five takeaways from Wednesday's game
1) The Yankees let the Mariners back in the game in the fourth inning, allowing two runs, but then buried Seattle with four runs in the fifth. Mike Ford hit a solo home run to right field only a few pitches after knocking one just foul down the same line. Tyler Wade then doubled and scored on a DJ LeMahieu single. The third and fourth runs came via Aaron Judge's two-run home run to left field. LeMahieu had two hits and two RBI while Judge also had a double, three hits in total and another two RBI.
2) The long ball was the theme for the Yanks on the day. Along with Ford and Judge's knocks in the fifth inning, Gary Sanchez hit a monster two-run homer down the left field line, his 30th of the year, to start things off in the first inning. LeMahieu then continued his strong day with an insurance homer in the ninth inning.
3) Cameron Maybin had two impressive diving grabs in left field. Both were short line drives that required Maybin to slide feet first with his left catching glove to extend next to his body. On the first of the two in the fourth inning, JP Crawford's knock was caught by Maybin, which drew some commentary about the spin move Maybin made after the grab. Some on social media called it a bit of a break dance spin. The second came in the ninth inning as Kyle Seager hit another similar shot. Maybin pulled out the same sliding catch, but no dance.
4) James Paxton only lasted five innings on the mound, but had a solid start. While struggling in the first inning for most of the season, Paxton didn't at all on Wednesday, recording a 1-2-3 frame. Of his first six outs, three were strikeouts. In total, Paxton had four punch outs, allowing two runs and five walks, including four in the fourth inning, on 86 pitches.
5) The bullpen was led by Chad Green after Paxton, as he took the sixth and seventh innings, striking out three of the six batters he faced, allowing no hits with one walk. Adam Ottavino had a clean eighth inning as well with one K, while Cory Gearrin did allow one run in the ninth, but finished the game out with a strikeout.
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The Yankees return to the Bronx to host the A's starting on Friday, where they'll look to exact revenge after getting swept out in Oakland. It will be CC Sabathia on the bump for the home team.