The New York Yankees’ comeback attempt fell just short in an 8-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. The three-game series is now even at a game apiece.
Trailing 8-6 in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees loaded the bases with two outs for pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres, but he struck out swinging, and the Mariners secured the victory.
Seattle opened the scoring in the top of the first inning and led 3-0 after two. Eugenio Suarez smacked a two-run home run, and Cal Raleigh launched a solo shot.
The Mariners added to the lead in the top of the third as Carlos Santana lifted a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, Josh Donaldson smoked a run-scoring double to put the Yankees on the board. Later in the inning, Jose Trevino drilled his 10th homer of the season into the left-field seats to cut Seattle’s lead to 4-3.
Seattle got two of the runs right back in the top of the fifth as Santana drove in a pair with a two-out double.
In the bottom of the sixth, Anthony Rizzo crushed his 27th home run of the season into the bullpen in right-center to make it 6-4. Rizzo has now homered in four consecutive games. One batter later, Josh Donaldson belted a game-tying two-run homer into the bullpen in right-center. That was his 10th long ball of the season.
Sam Haggerty broke the tie in the top of the seventh as he blasted a solo shot into over the left-field wall to give the Mariners a 7-6 lead.
Adam Frazier provided a huge insurance run in the top of the ninth as he plated a run with a single.
Jameson Taillon started for New York and surrendered six runs (five earned) on two hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking four and striking out six.
Lucas Luetge and Albert Abreu each allowed a run in relief. Scott Effross and Lou Trivino made their Yankees debuts and had scoreless appearances.
Gerrit Cole will get the ball on Wednesday as the Yankees will try to secure a series win. The first pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m.
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