Rapid Reaction: Mariners 6, Yankees 2

May, 13, 2012
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WHAT IT MEANS: Andy Pettitte was rusty in his return.

Pitching in the majors for the first time since Oct. 18, 2010, Pettitte allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in Sunday afternoon's 6-2 loss to the Mariners at the Stadium.

Prior to Pettitte's outing, Yankees starters had posted a 4-0 record with a 1.31 ERA in five games.

Kevin Millwood, who came in 0-4 with a 5.88 ERA, threw seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball to pick up his first victory of the season.

HE'S BACK: Pettitte -- whose fastball was clocked between 88-90 mph -- carried a no-hitter with two outs in the fourth inning. But Justin Smoak -- a .195 hitter who was the key piece in the M's-Rangers deal for Cliff Lee in 2010 -- broke it up with a two-run homer. Casper Wells also connected for a two-run shot off Pettitte in the sixth.

Pettitte, 39, ended up throwing 94 pitches (60 strikes), issuing three walks and striking out two.

OH (NO) CAPTAIN: Derek Jeter grounded into a pair of double plays, struck out and singled in the eighth. Trailing 4-0, Russell Martin put the Yankees on the board with a one-out, bases-loaded walk in the fifth. But Jeter bounced into a twin-killing to end the frame.

DJ4K: Jeter moved into a tie with Robin Yount for 16th place on baseball's all-time hits (3,142) with his seventh-inning single.

TEX MESS: Mark Teixeira's season-long funk at the plate continued. He went 1-for-4 but struck out with the sacks packed in the eighth after Robinson Cano drew an RBI walk. Tex is batting .223.

CARDINAL BASEBALL RULE: Never make the first out at third base. Never! Nick Swisher did while leading off the ninth, as he tried to stretch a double into a triple, leaving Joe Girardi shaking his head in the dugout.

UP NEXT: Ivan Nova vs. Jason Hammel, Monday night in Baltimore.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .286
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 64
RB. Gardner 79
OPSJ. Ellsbury .778
ERAH. Kuroda 3.88
SOM. Tanaka 135