Yankees down Mariners
Yankees 5, MARINERS 4
Mike Ford homered twice off of Tommy Milone and New York hit three out of T-Mobile Park to win at Seattle.
Ford hit a two-run shot to cap a four-run second inning for the Yankees. He hit a solo shot, his eighth of the season, in the top of the fifth that turned out to be the difference in the game.
Gleyber Torres led off the Yankees' second inning with his 33rd home run.
Dylan Moore's seventh homer, a three-run shot in the bottom of the second off J.A. Happ, answered New York's four-run inning and brought Seattle within a run. But the Mariners could never get even.
Mallex Smith hit a solo home run in the seventh to get the Mariners within 5-4.
Happ (11-8) struck out seven over five innings and earned the pitching win, though five Yankees pitchers limited the Mariners to four hits and struck out 14. Aroldis Chapman pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for his 36th save.
Milone (3-8) gave up eight hits in five innings after entering in the second inning. Opener Matt Wisler pitched a 1-2-3 first inning with two strikeouts for Seattle.
The Mariners are 56-76. The Yankees are 86-47 and lead second-placer Tampa Bay by 9.5 games in the American League East.
The second game of the three-game series is 7 p.m. Tuesday. It's slated to be a matchup of Japanese pitchers — Masahiro Tanaka (9-7, 4.68) for the Yankees and left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (5-8, 5.19) of Seattle.
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