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Five-run rally keys Mariners win; Yanks keep wild-card lead

SEATTLE (AP) -- Shawn Chacon put the New York Yankees into too
much of a hole to climb out of.

Ichiro Suzuki hit a three-run homer in a five-run second inning,
and the Seattle Mariners beat the Yankees 8-3 Tuesday night.

New York, 1-1 on a seven-game trip, dropped 2½ games behind the
Boston Red Sox in the AL East. The Yankees, who overcame a four-run
deficit against the last-place Mariners in Monday's 7-4 win, lead
Cleveland by half-game in the wild-card race and are one game in
front of the Los Angeles Angels.

"I stunk," said Chacon, whose ERA nearly doubled from 1.80 to
3.13 in his seventh start with the Yankees. "I got behind in the
count early all night long and made it hard for myself. I didn't
make the pitches when I had to."

Before the game, the Yankees learned Mike Mussina will miss at
least one start because of slight inflammation on the inside of his
pitching elbow, becoming the fifth and final member of the New York
Yankees' original starting rotation to get hurt this year.

Chacon (3-2), one of the pitchers imported by the Yankees to
patch their rotation, had his worst start with New York, allowing
eight runs, eight hits and four walks in six innings. He also hit
two batters and threw a run-scoring wild pitch.

"For some reason, it looked like he was rushing it tonight,"
Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "It was all about command. He just
couldn't get strike one."

Jeff Harris (2-1) allowed three runs, six hits and five walks in
6 1/3 innings, stopping the Yankees' five-game winning streak. The
31-year-old rookie, signed by Seattle as a minor league free agent
in December, made his third major league start.

"Except for getting married, it's the highlight of my life so
far," Harris said. "It's really fun to go out there and compete
against one of the best teams and organizations in the history of
the game."

Mariners manager Mike Hargrove liked what he saw.

"I don't know that he was awe-struck, but he was terribly
excited," Hargrove said.

Alex Rodriguez hit his AL-leading 40th homer and joined Joe
DiMaggio as the only right-handed hitters to reach 40 homers with
the Yankees. DiMaggio hit 46 in 1937.

Rodriguez reached 40 for the seventh time in eight seasons and
has 25 homers against Seattle, his original major league team,
including four this season. He played with a tight right groin and
started at designated hitter for the first time this season.

After the game, Rodriguez talked to reporters with his right leg
wrapped in a big bag of ice.

"Any time you get mentioned with Joe DiMaggio with the rich
tradition of the Yankees, you feel humbled," said Rodriguez, who
said someone had retrieved the home-run ball.

He said he was unsure if he could play at third base on
Wednesday night. He went 1-for-2 with three walks, getting ready
for his at-bats in the clubhouse.

"It's going to be totally up to Joe," Rodriguez said. "I
guess we'll have to see when I wake up in the morning."

Former Red Sox rival Mark Bellhorn, signed earlier in the day,
took over at third base and went 0-for-4 at the plate.

"I wasn't too nervous," he said. "I hadn't played for a
while, but the guys made me very comfortable here. Now, I just want
to do what this team needs."

Richie Sexson scored the game's first run with a headfirst slide
on Chacon's wild pitch. Yorvit Torrealba followed with an RBI
grounder, and Suzuki homered for the second straight night and 15th
time this season.

Chacon said Suzuki's homer that made the score 5-0 did him in.
He said he threw a changeup on a 3-1 pitch.

"I didn't get the pitch where I wanted to," Chacon said. "It
wasn't that bad of a pitch, but he's a great hitter."

Jorge Posada singled in a run and Matt Lawton had an RBI
groundout in the Yankees' two-run third, but Jose Lopez hit a
two-run double in the bottom half and scored on Yuniesky
Betancourt's double for an 8-2 lead.

Rodriguez homered leading off the fifth.

Game notes
The Yankees' Derek Jeter had his 1,900th career hit, a
sixth-inning single. ... Lawton's throwing error from right field
in the third ended a string of nine errorless games and 90
errorless innings for the Yankees. ... The only other major
leaguers to hit 40 in seven seasons were Babe Ruth (11), Hank Aaron
and Harmon Killebrew (eight) and Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr. and
Sammy Sosa (seven). ... New York's Randy Johnson, who won his first
of five Cy Young Awards with the Mariners in 1995, is to pitch for
the Yankees Wednesday night in only his second career start at
Safeco Field. His first start was July 20, 1999, a complete-game
shutout in a 6-0 Arizona win. He is scheduled to face Mariners
19-year-old rookie sensation Felix Hernandez.