Martinez homered for the fifth straight game and New York
rallied twice from big deficits to beat the Seattle Mariners 13-9
on Wednesday for their season-high fifth straight win.
No Yankee has had a home run streak this long since Mattingly --
now the club's hitting coach -- tied the major league mark in 1987
with home runs in eight consecutive games.
"It's incredible," Alex Rodriguez said. "I asked him if it
was that easy."
Fans chanted Martinez's name as he rounded the bases, not bad
for a guy who had the tough task of replacing the retired Mattingly
at first base during his first stint with the Yankees in 1996.
"They never forget what you do here," Derek Jeter said. "Tino
has always been a big-game player."
The Yankees are off Thursday before heading west.
"I'm very, very happy to have a day off. I could use it,"
Martinez said. "I feel good at the plate and I'm seeing the ball
The Yankees lost the opener of their six-game homestand but
finished it with their first sweep of the Mariners since August
It was their first sweep this season.
The loss was the Mariners' 10th in 11 games.
Martinez golfed a three-run shot to the short porch in right off
Matt Thornton to get the Yankees even at 9 in the fourth inning.
New York trailed 5-0 after the top of the first, but tied it in the
bottom of the inning.
Thornton worked out a jam in relief of Jamie Moyer but then gave
up six runs and three home runs in two innings.
"Our team did a great job getting a lot of runs for us, and for
me to come out of the bullpen and let it get away is really
unacceptable," he said.
Tony Womack tied a career high and the Yankees' record with four
stolen bases, and scored three times. Hideki Matsui and Gary
Sheffield each had three RBI. Jorge Posada hit a solo homer in the
eighth, New York's 16th hit.
Both teams hit four home runs and each had five runs, five hits
and one error in a first inning that lasted 39 minutes. Moyer and
Yankees starter Carl Pavano both threw 34 pitches in the inning and
allowed four earned runs.
Both were gone before the fifth.
"You have to make good pitches, and I haven't done that on a
consistent basis," Pavano said.
Paul Quantrill (1-0) worked two innings in relief to earn the
Martinez has seven home runs in his last eight starts and has
taken over the first base job from Jason Giambi, whose career is in
The slumping Giambi declined a trip to the minor leagues on
Tuesday and is expected to be the designated hitter at Oakland on
Jeter led off the fifth inning with a homer off Thornton (0-3)
to put the Yankees back in front. Two batters later Sheffield made
it 12-9 with a two-run shot.
The Mariners looked as though they would salvage a second win on
their six-game road trip, but Moyer couldn't make the generous run
support hold up.
The 42-year-old left-hander failed in his third attempt to set
the Mariners' record for career victories. He is tied with Randy
Johnson, now with the Yankees, at 130 wins.
After starting the season 4-0 in his first five starts, Moyer
has allowed 16 earned runs and 33 hits in his next three outings
that totaled 8 2/3 innings. The Mariners are 0-3 in those games.
"I don't feel like I'm that far away. I've made some quality
pitches the last three games," Moyer said.
Sheffield walked to load the bases and Matsui cleared them with
a double to the left-center field gap to make it 5-3. Posada and
Bernie Williams added RBI singles in the inning.
"Sometimes you go out there and have a great day and lose, or
have a bad day and win. We had a bad day and lost," Boone said.
New York grabbed its first lead in the second when Sheffield
singled in Womack, who singled and stole two bases.
Richie Sexson hit a three-run shot in the first and Boone
followed with a two-run homer off Pavano, who allowed a career-high
four in four innings.
Pavano allowed nine runs, but only four earned thanks to two
errors by third baseman Rodriguez. Pavano, who gave up 10 of
Seattle's 14 hits, had his third straight no-decision. It is the
second time in three starts he hasn't lasted past the fifth.
Every Yankees starter had a hit. ... Suzuki had three. ...
The Yankees placed reliever Felix Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled
list because of torn cartilage in his left knee. They purchased the
contract of 3B Russ Johnson from Triple-A Columbus. ... Before
Boone's shot, Sexson had hit four of Seattle's previous five homers
and nine of the Mariners' first 20 this season.