Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Seattle leads 1-0 (as of 5/7)

Game 1: Friday, May 7
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Game 2: Saturday, May 8
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Game 3: Sunday, May 9
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Yankees 2

(16-13, 7-8 away)

Mariners 6

(12-17, 7-7 home)

    10:05 PM ET, May 7, 2004

    Safeco Field, Seattle, Washington 

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    W: R. Franklin (2-2)

    L: J. Lieber (1-1)

    Martinez has two-run homer

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Edgar Martinez stood at second base for the first standing ovation. He was deep inside the clubhouse for the next one.

    Martinez hit a two-run homer and drove in two more runs with his 500th career double, leading the Seattle Mariners over the New York Yankees 6-2 on Friday night.

    "He's too old. He shouldn't be playing anymore," Yankees manager Joe Torre said jokingly before giving Martinez a respectful nod. "He sure knows how to hit. He has a plan every time he's at the plate."

    Martinez was cheered as he stood at second in the first inning after he became the 39th player since 1900 to hit 500 doubles. It drove in Randy Winn and Scott Spiezio to put the Mariners ahead 2-0.

    "I haven't hit the ball hard in probably three weeks," Martinez said. "Today was a good day. We won and I felt better at the plate. It felt good to be able to help the team and at the same time to get the win."

    After the inning, his milestone was announced again -- a potential curtain call. Unfortunately for his adoring fans, the slugger was inside the clubhouse looking for another bat.

    "I broke my bat and I went down to find another," he explained with a smile. "I didn't know that I had a standing ovation. I apologize to the fans for that. I felt terrible when I heard they clapped for two minutes."

    Ryan Franklin (2-2) pitched into the seventh, a strong performance in front of the largest crowd in Safeco Field history.

    "When the stands are packed like that, it gets your adrenaline going more than usual," Franklin said. "Especially with the Yankees in town and the kind of team they've got, with their offense. You raise your level a little bit."

    New York's Jon Lieber (1-1) made his second start of the year after missing last season following Tommy John surgery. He allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, with two strikeouts and a wild pitch that gave up a run.

    The Yankees lost their second straight after an eight-game winning streak.

    Franklin allowed two runs on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks, then turned it over to Shigetoshi Hasegawa to extinguish a Yankees threat.

    Hasegawa inherited runners at first and second, and he allowed a two-out RBI single by Derek Jeter that pulled the Yankees to 6-2. But Alex Rodriguez popped out in foul territory.

    From the start, the crowd of 46,491 was as charged up as Seattle's bats, which produced 12 hits.

    "It was a special thing tonight," Martinez said. "The fans were really into the game. We pitched well. We got some big hits. Everything worked out great."

    Fans booed lustily every time Rodriguez stepped into the batter's box. The former Mariner left after the 2000 season for a $252 million contract with the Texas Rangers.

    "I love playing here," Rodriguez said. "It's an awesome place to play. To me, the boo is a bit perplexing, which is good. I don't know if there's anything mean behind it."

    The fans cheered with abandon for a pair of big hits by Martinez.

    After Seattle added a run in the second on Ichiro Suzuki's RBI single to center, Martinez came up in the third and drove an 0-1 pitch from Lieber for a near-milestone -- career home run No. 299 to make it 5-0.

    Martinez, arguably one of the top designated hitters in history, was asked if he warrants a Hall of Fame spot.

    "I don't know about that," he said. "You have to look at all the numbers: home runs, doubles, average. When you compare the totals, maybe it will be enough for me to be in the Hall of Fame.

    "If I had 500 home runs, it might make a big difference. I don't know if doubles would be considered," he added.

    New York pulled to 5-1 in the fifth, when Hideki Matsui led off with a single to center and scored on Kenny Lofton's one-out single up the middle. There was a close play at the plate, and Seattle manager Bob Melvin came out to protest.

    That put Franklin in a jam. Enrique Wilson, who walked, was on second and Lofton on first. But Franklin recovered, freezing Jeter on a called third strike and then, to the delight of fans, getting Rodriguez swinging.

    "I kind of invented a pitch there," Franklin said. "I threw him a front-door slider that started at his hip and tried to break it over the inside corner."

    Game notes


    The roof was closed one hour before the first pitch. There was scattered rain through the afternoon and the forecast called for thundershowers. ... The record crowd came one night after the smallest of the season: 25,418 for the finale of a three-game set with Minnesota.

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