Suddenly things don't look so bad in the Bronx.
Darrell Rasner made his first start of the season in place of the injured Phil Hughes and did not disappoint.
Rasner (1-0) pitched six strong innings giving up just a first inning home run to Adrian Beltre as the Yankees pounded out an 8-2 win over the Mariners.
The pitching has come around and now the offense looks ready to break free of the April slump. Derek Jeter continued his torrid series going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI. Jeter was 7-for-14 in the series and 7-for-10 in the past two days.
Bobby Abreu added three hits in the game, Johnny Damon had two hits and Hideki Matsui also had two hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano added back-to-back home runs in the fourth off starter Carlos Silva (3-1) who was ineffective throwing just three innings, giving up 11 hits and eight runs.
Rasner pitched brilliantly for most of the game, working his way out of a few jams along the way. The only blemish was a two run home run by Beltre following a single by Raul Ibanez after Rasner had retired the first two batters of the game.
The Yankees finished off a three-game sweep of the struggling Mariners, outscoring them by a total of 19-4 in the three games. The offense seems to have come to life after a slow April start, as the Yankees had multiple hits with runners in scoring position over the weekend, an area they have struggled with so far.
Ross Ohlendorf, Kyle Farnsworth, and Mariano Rivera each pitched an inning to end the game. With three straight games of starters going at least six innings and an off day tomorrow, the Yankees are able to give their bullpen a much needed break.
The Mariners fell to 13-19 and have lost five straight. They fly home to begin a four-game series with Texas tomorrow night.
The Yankees are one game above .500 at 17-16 and will have an off day tomorrow before beginning a three-game series at home with the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday with Fausto Carmona (3-1) going against Andy Pettitte (3-3).
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