Mariners lose to Yankees, fading in playoff race
Seattle is fading in the American League playoff race, as the New York Yankees beat them 4-2 Saturday at Safeco Field.
The Mariners (78-64) fell 11 games behind Houston (89-53) in the A.L. West Division and 7 1/2 games behind Oakland (86-57) for the second A.L. wild-card berth. Both those teams won Saturday.
The Yankees (89-53), who hold the first A.L. wild-card berth, have beaten the Mariners in all five games between the teams and they go for the season sweep at 1 p.m. Sunday. Erasmo Ramirez (2-3, 5.56) pitches opposite C.C. Sabathia (7-6, 3.54).
New York's newly acquired Andrew McCutchen homered for the second consecutive game, leading off Saturday's game with the long ball off Felix Hernandez.
Mike Zunino's third-inning homer tied it.
It was 2-2 when Austin Romine hit a go-ahead homer off Nick Vincent in the seventh inning. And, New York got an insurance run in the ninth inning on Gleyber Torres' sacrifice fly.
Lance Lynn allowed three hits and two runs in six innings. Zach Britton, David Robertson and Dellin Betances held the Mariners scoreless the rest of the way.
Hernandez allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) while striking out two and walking three in four innings.
The Yankee pitchers have allowed only seven hits in the first two games of the series.