SEATTLE (AP) -- Miguel Olivo's hustle gave Seattle a chance. His
bat, and some defensive miscues from New York, ended the Yankees'
10-game winning streak.
After the Yankees' third error of the game allowed Jeremy Reed
to reach third base, Olivo singled home the go-ahead run in the
eighth inning as Seattle rallied for a 7-6 victory Wednesday night."We gave them too many outs," New York manager Joe Torre said.
"It was not a pretty game."The Yankees still had a chance for their first 11-game winning
streak in nearly 20 years after loading the bases in the ninth, but
Ron Villone struck out Jason Giambi on three pitches for the final
out and his first save since 1999, when he pitched for Cincinnati.Giambi extended his hitting streak to six games with a two-out,
two-run single to right in the third inning that Seattle's Ichiro
Suzuki couldn't make a shoestring catch on.But Giambi couldn't come through in the ninth, taking a called
third strike."I got caught looking slider and he threw a fastball," Giambi
said. "He made some good pitches. He did his job."With one out in the eighth, Reed doubled down the left-field
line off reliever Tom Gordon (0-3), and advanced to third after
Tony Womack misplayed the ball in the corner.Gordon got Greg Dobbs to pop out to third, but Olivo hit an 0-1
pitch into center field, scoring Reed. Olivo had been hitless since
ending an 0-for-27 slump with three hits Sunday against Boston."I just stayed closed and made contact with the ball," said
Olivo, who picked up his first hit in the series.The Yankees led 6-4 with two outs in the sixth before making a
pair of errors that allowed Seattle to tie it.Reliever Tanyon Sturtze struck out Olivo, but the ball bounced
and catcher Jorge Posada was unable to pick it up, allowing Olivo
to reach first.Light-hitting shortstop Wilson Valdez then singled to right,
scoring Reed, and Olivo scored after Gary Sheffield's throw to
third base deflected off Olivo and into the Yankees dugout."His hustle certainly got us two runs," manager Mike Hargrove
said. "I don't think you'll ever see Miguel Olivo not hustle.
That's his nature."Jeff Nelson (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Seattle was
without normal closer Eddie Guardado, who was in Los Angeles with
his pregnant wife."I don't think anything was simple today for us," Villone
said.Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 14th home run, a
three-run shot on a 3-1 pitch from Seattle starter Jamie Moyer that
Rodriguez hit into the right field seats. Rodriguez leads the
league with 41 RBI.But New York failed to hold leads of 4-0 and 6-2. The Yankees
were trying to sweep the Mariners for the second time in a week."It was very frustrating not to come away with a win,"
Rodriguez said. "The lesson is when you've got a team down, you
got to put them away."New York last won 11 straight from Aug. 31 to Sept. 10, 1985.After taking two of three from Boston, Seattle had dropped its
last two.Mike Mussina pitched five innings, allowing four runs and seven
hits with six strikeouts for New York, but lost out on his fourth
straight win after Seattle scored twice in the sixth."He had good stuff, he just didn't have good command early,"
Torre said. "He left the game with a lead and we should have been
able to hold it."Moyer was pulled after the fifth, giving up six runs and eight
hits. He allowed five runs in the first inning at Yankee Stadium a
week ago and is 0-2 in his last four starts after starting 4-0.Seattle scored twice in the first on an RBI double by Raul
Ibanez and an RBI single by Bret Boone. The Mariners added two more
in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double to left-center field by
Ibanez, but Mussina got out of the jam by getting Richie Sexson to
fly out."Our guys stayed on it, stayed with it tonight," Hargrove
said. "The deeper the game went, we had better at-bats. It finally
paid off."Mussina started the Yankees' streak with a four-hit shutout of
Oakland on May 7, and beat the A's again last Friday, allowing two
runs and striking out a season-high nine.Wednesday's start was his shortest outing since lasting five
innings April 13 in an 8-1 loss at Boston.
Mussina has the best winning percentage of any pitcher ever
against Seattle (minimum 15 wins). He is 17-5 against the Mariners.
... Moyer has allowed 23 runs and 35 hits in his last four starts
(15.15 ERA). ... Tony Parker and Robert Horry of the San Antonio
Spurs were in the stands. The Spurs play the Seattle SuperSonics in
Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night. ...
University of Washington men's basketball coach Lorenzo Romar threw
out the first pitch.