A four-run ninth-inning RBI single by France off of Holmes gives the Mariners a 5-4 victory over the Yankees.

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In Seattle’s four-run ninth inning off reliever Clay Holmes, Ty France hit the game-winning RBI single, and the Mariners came back to defeat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Monday night.

The major inning against Holmes (1-1), who blew his second save in 15 chances, put an end to New York’s seven-game winning streak for the Mariners.

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“Over the past seven or eight years that I’ve been here, we’ve had a lot of crazy wins, but I don’t know of anything wilder than that one,” commented Seattle manager Scott Servais. “Our guys did a fantastic job just hanging in there.”

Luke Raley hit an infield single to Gleyber Torres, and Julio Rodríguez scored on the second baseman’s mistake. Raley had two of Seattle’s three hits off starter Marcus Stroman. After that, Dominic Canzone hit a tying sacrifice fly to the warning track in right, and Mitch Haniger followed with an RBI single.

Raley remarked, “I just think we never give in.” “It goes without saying that Holmes has been throwing the ball pretty good, and we can kind of dunk them for a few runs. Being able to accomplish that is usually a nice win.

Two days after rallying in the eighth to beat Baltimore, France followed by grounding a 2-0 sinker to right field for a 5-4 lead, giving Seattle its second late comeback win on a 10-game trip.

“We have two strong basketball teams, and we can clearly see where we stand. We have the confidence to go out and defeat these guys,” Raley remarked. It’s a difficult area to play when you first arrive, so winning the first game of a series is fantastic.

After trailing through eight innings, Eduardo Bazardo (1-0) gave up an RBI single to Jon Berti in the bottom of the eighth to increase New York’s advantage to 4-1. Seattle’s victory was its second in 23 games as a result of the comeback.

With his eleventh save, Andrés Muñoz stranded Juan Soto at first after recording the final three outs. Using a 100.8 mph fastball, Muñoz fanned Aaron Judge before retiring Alex Verdugo to end the inning.

With eight runs in hand, the Yankees led 28-0 thanks to Verdugo’s three home runs. Four batters in, Verdugo hit a two-run single off Seattle starter Logan Gilbert. In the fifth, he added an RBI single.

Before Holmes was scored upon for the first time in 21 games this season, Stroman gave up a run in 7 1/3 innings. Holmes’ season-opening run of 20 successive appearances without giving up a run was the second-longest in team history, trailing only Dellin Betances’ 26 straight outings to start 2015. Holmes also had a 15 2/3 scoreless streak snapped.

Holmes remarked, “It was one of those outings where I felt like my stuff was there.” Maybe attempting to pursue a little too much of the guys there. There were several gaps that the balls discovered, so it didn’t go our way.

Holmes let up four runs for the third time since being acquired by the Yankees from the Pirates in July 2021.

“That inning, it just didn’t bounce our way,” Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees, remarked.

In six innings, Gilbert gave up eight hits and three runs.


Mariners: INF After missing 23 games due to a strained right oblique, J.P. Crawford was reinstated off the injured list. He struck out in the eighth inning when pinch hitting. INF Jorge Polanco missed his sixth consecutive game due to hamstring soreness. INF/OF During a Triple-A Tacoma game over the weekend, Sam Haggerty collided with the center field fence and tore his Achilles tendon. Haggerty was optioned to the minors last week after making eight appearances. INF Crawford needed room, so Tacoma received an option on Leo Rivas.

Yankees: RH After being hurt in mid-March, Gerrit Cole (right elbow nerve irritation and edema) will see batters for the first time on Tuesday. Cole threw his first bullpen session on Saturday, where he took a break in the middle to simulate an inning. “I think coming in feeling good and bouncing back from the two-up bullpen with some guys standing in on him,” Boone remarked. “So yeah, that’s another step in the process of going out there on the bump and facing hitters. We just want to keep moving forward and keeping our good days consistent.” … RHP Ian Hamilton was sent home from Sunday’s game after becoming ill and being placed on the 7-day COVID-19 disabled list. From Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, RHP Clayton Andrews was selected for a contract, while RHP Colby White was assigned.

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