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Mariners fall 5-4 to Yankees after NY’s 4-run 6th inning

Aug 7, 2021, 1:55 PM | Updated: 2:01 pm
The Yankees scored the winning run on a double play where the Mariners recorded the first out at first base. (AP) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Rougned Odor #12 of the New York Yankees celebrates his sixth inning two run home run as Tom Murphy #2 of the Seattle Mariners looks on at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners follows through on his first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Chris Flexen #77 of the Seattle Mariners pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Kyle Seager #15 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his first inning two run home run against the New York Yankees with teammate Abraham Toro #13 at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees can't come up with a ball hit for a two run home run in the first inning off the bat of Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees connects on a double in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees follows through on his first inning home run against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Aaron Judge #99 of the New York Yankees celebrates his first inning home run against the Seattle Mariners with teammate Giancarlo Stanton #27 at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his second inning run scoring sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees with his teammates in the dugout at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Rougned Odor #12 of the New York Yankees celebrates his sixth inning two run home run against the Seattle Mariners in the dugout with his teammates at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 07:  Anthony Rizzo #48 of the New York Yankees grounds into a sixth inning ending run scoring double play against the Seattle Mariners at Yankee Stadium on August 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — DJ LeMahieu and Kyle Higashioka made savvy baserunning moves, turning a double-play grounder into the go-ahead run, and the New York Yankees beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Saturday for their fifth straight win.

Yankees 5, Mariners 4: Box score

Aaron Judge and Rougned Odor homered and the Yankees capitalized on a three-base error by right fielder Mitch Haniger to win for the 10th time in 12 games.

New York erased a 4-1 deficit by scoring four times in the sixth inning. The Yankees have won the first three in a four-game series against Seattle in a matchup of teams in the playoff chase.

The Mariners fell to 3-6 on a 10-game trip and each loss has been decided by no more than two runs.

Odor hit a two-run drive inside the right field foul pole to pull the Yankees within 4-3 in the sixth.

With one out, pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres hit a fly and Haniger raced back, appeared to overrun it and then slipped, allowing the ball to get to the warning track.

Higashioka delivered a tying, pinch-hit double with one out and took third on LeMahieu’s single off Casey Sadler (0-2).

Anthony Rizzo followed with a sharp grounder to first baseman Ty France, who stepped on the bag. Higashioka broke for home while France focused on LeMahieu, who alertly stopped first and second. LeMahieu forced a rundown and was tagged out after Higashioka had crossed the plate for the tiebreaking run.

Andrew Heaney (7-8) settled down after a rocky beginning for his first win since being traded from the Los Angeles Angels to the Yankees. He allowed four runs and four hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and three walks.

After allowing four solo homers in his debut Monday against Baltimore, Heaney settled in nicely after the Mariners took a 4-1 lead in the second.

Kyle Seager hit Heaney’s curveball into the right field seats over the short porch for a 2-0 lead four batters in.

The Mariners scored twice in the second on a bases-loaded walk by Abraham Toro and a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Haniger.

Haniger’s drive nearly allowed the Mariners to take a big lead but Giancarlo Stanton, in his second start in right field, made a leaping catch. After Stanton’s catch, Heaney retired 13 of the final 15 hitters and ended his outing by striking out the side in the sixth.

Clay Holmes followed Heaney by getting three of his four outs on strikeouts and Joely Rodríguez got the final two outs of the eighth.

Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in place of Aroldis Chapman, who was put on the injured list before the game with left elbow inflammation.

Seattle starter Chris Flexen allowed three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. Judge hit his 23rd homer in the first.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: SS J.P. Crawford (illness) was held out of the lineup. It was the second game he missed this year and first since May 23. … LHP Justus Sheffield (strained left forearm) was scratched from his scheduled rehab start on Sunday at High-A Everett because he did not feel great after his recent throwing session.

Yankees: RHP Corey Kluber (strained right shoulder) threw about 40 pitches and faced hitters for the second time this week.

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