Jeter Ties Babe, But Yankees Lose to Mariners in Finale

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 7, 2008

The Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon by a score of 5-2.

Mike Mussina took the hill for the Yanks. He went six innings, gave up four earned runs on seven hits, walked one, and struck out seven.

Ryan Feierabend started for the M's, replacing Carlos Silva who was a late scratch due to a stiff back. Feierabend went seven innings, gave up two earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four.

Derek Jeter started the Yankees' offense in the top of the first. Jeter drilled a solo homer, his tenth of the season, and the Yankees took a quick 1-0 lead. For Jeter, it was his 1,000th career RBI.

In the top of the second, Xavier Nady blasted a solo homer, his 23rd long ball of the year, and the Yankees took a 2-0 lead.

Jeter tied Babe Ruth on the Yankees' all-time hits list in the top of the third inning with a soft single to center field. This was Jeter's 2,518th career hit, and now shares second place on the list with Ruth.

In the bottom of the third, Adrian Beltre tied the game with a two-run homer, his 25th and the season, and the score was two all at the end of three innings.

The Mariners took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Jose Lopez smacked a solo homer to deep left field, his 13th on the season, and Seattle took the lead 3-2.

Seattle added another run in the bottom of the fifth. Raul Ibanez singled to score Ichiro Suzuki, and the Mariners went up 4-2.

Lopez once again hurt the Yankees in the bottom of the eighth, taking Jose Veras deep for his second homer of the day and 14th on the year, and the Mariners went up 5-2. This was Lopez's first career multi-home run game.

J.J. Putz came on in relief in the ninth. He allowed no runs in his appearance, and the Mariners went on to take the game and the series over the Yankees.

Feierabend picked up the win and is now 1-2 on the year.

Mussina loses and is now 17-8.

Miguel Batista recorded his third hold this year, and Putz nailed down his 12th save.

The game the Yankees got back from the Red Sox in the Wild Card standings last night was given right back today, as Boston won their game over Texas and the Yanks fall to eight and a half games out. The Toronto Blue Jays also won their game, and are now in front of the Yankees in the Wild Card standings.

"He (Mussina) wasn't as sharp as he's been, he left a couple off balls up, but he still gave us a chance to win the game," said Joe Girardi to the media after the game. "We're not where we want to be, we may have to win all of the 19 games that are left, but we have to keep fighting." 

"I felt a little flat today and I got in some bad counts," said Mussina to the press after the game. "We can't win every game, but it's hard because we can't find consistency."

The Yankees will now head down to California to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim tomorrow night at 10:05 ET.

Carl Pavano (2-0, 4.20 ERA) will start against Jon Garland (12-8, 4.64 ERA).