France’s Ninth-Inning RBI Leads Mariners to 5-4 Win Over Yankees

In Seattle’s four-run ninth inning off reliever Clay Holmes, Ty France hit the game-winning RBI single, and the Mariners came back to defeat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Monday night.

The major inning against Holmes (1-1), who blew his second save in 15 chances, put an end to New York’s seven-game winning streak for the Mariners.

“We’ve had a of lot crazy wins here, over the last seven, eight years that I’ve been here, but I don’t know of anything wilder than that one,” commented Seattle manager Scott Servais. “Tremendous effort by our guys just hanging in there.”

After hitting an infield single to Gleyber Torres, Luke Raley—who had two of Seattle’s three hits off starter Marcus Stroman—scored on a mistake made by the second baseman. After that, Mitch Haniger singled with two runs, and Dominic Canzone hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track to tie the game.

“We never give in, I think,” Raley remarked. “Obviously Holmes has been throwing the ball really well and we’re able to kind of dink and dunk them for a couple of runs. So always good wins to be able to do that.”

Two days after rallying in the eighth to beat Baltimore, France followed by grounding a 2-0 sinker to right field for a 5-4 lead, giving Seattle its second late comeback win on a 10-game trip.

“Two good ball teams and obviously we see kind of where we stand and we can go out and beat these guys and just good confidence,” Raley remarked. “Coming in here it’s a tough place to play and just being able to walk away with the opening game of a series is great.”

After trailing through eight innings, Eduardo Bazardo (1-0) gave up an RBI single to Jon Berti in the bottom of the eighth to increase New York’s advantage to 4-1. Seattle’s victory was its second in 23 games as a result of the comeback.

With his eleventh save, Andrés Muñoz stranded Juan Soto at first after recording the final three outs. Using a 100.8 mph fastball, Muñoz fanned Aaron Judge before retiring Alex Verdugo to end the inning.

With eight runs in hand, the Yankees led 28-0 thanks to Verdugo’s three home runs. Four batters in, Verdugo hit a two-run single off Seattle starter Logan Gilbert. In the fifth, he added an RBI single.

Before Holmes was scored upon for the first time in 21 games this season, Stroman gave up a run in 7 1/3 innings. Holmes’ season-opening run of 20 successive appearances without giving up a run was the second-longest in team history, trailing only Dellin Betances’ 26 straight outings to start 2015. Holmes also had a 15 2/3 scoreless streak snapped.

Holmes remarked, “It was one of those outings where I feel like my stuff was there,” “Maybe trying to go for a little too much chase with a couple of guys there. Some balls found some holes and it didn’t go our way there.”

Holmes let up four runs for the third time since being acquired by the Yankees from the Pirates in July 2021.

“That inning, it just didn’t bounce our way,” Aaron Boone, manager of the Yankees, remarked.

In six innings, Gilbert gave up eight hits and three runs.

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