regularly is part of the conversation in the opposing clubhouse. It's rare when it's because of his mistakes.
hit a two-run homer in New York's four-run second inning and the surging Yankees beat Suzuki and the sloppy
5-2 on Saturday for their 12th win in 13 games.
drove in two runs for New York during a sharp 2-for-4 night, going deep in the ninth inning to tie
for second on the career list with 2,672 hits as a shortstop. The Yankees captain is one behind
for the top spot.
''We took advantage of an error and good teams find ways to take advantage of miscues and we did tonight,'' Yankees manager
Suzuki and center fielder
misplayed a ball in the second, opening the door for New York's big inning. Suzuki then was thrown out on an ill-timed steal
attempt in the seventh.
With third baseman
back in the lineup, the AL East-leading Yankees opened a season-high 7 1/2-game advantage over second-place Boston with their
fifth consecutive win.
(2-3) lost for the first time since joining Seattle in the trade that sent
to Detroit. The rookie left-hander gave up four unearned runs and seven hits in six innings.
French was let down by his defense in the second. With one out and
hit a fly ball to right-center. Gutierrez raced over, but right fielder Suzuki also charged. Gutierrez put his glove out to
try for the catch and braced for a collision with Suzuki, who pulled up at the last second. The ball hit off Gutierrez's glove
for an error.
''I called for it but then I heard Gutierrez call for it so I got out of the way,'' Suzuki, an eight-time Gold Glove winner,
said through his interpreter.
followed with a run-scoring single and Jeter drove in Cabrera with a sacrifice fly to center. Swisher then gave the Yankees
a 4-1 lead with his 19th homer, hitting a 1-0 pitch from French over the wall in left.
Seattle tried to rally in the seventh, putting runners on first and second with one out.
, the only left-hander in the Yankees bullpen, struck out Ken Griffey Jr. before falling behind 2-0 against
. Suzuki then tried to steal third and Molina cut him down easily, taking advantage of an ideal pitch to handle.
''Two outs and it was 2-0, so I was more surprised at that,'' Molina said of Suzuki's steal attempt at that point in the inning.
Girardi, a former catcher, also thought it was an odd time for Suzuki to be running.
''A little bit. It helped set up the next inning for us too because he's going to score on any base hit unless it's an infield
hit,'' Girardi said.
Suzuki said he was trying to get two runners into scoring position, hoping
would try for second.
''I was hoping to create a situation where the runners on second and third and we could tie the game with a hit,'' Suzuki
said. ''I also understand at the end it was an out, but I thought through the process and I understand why it was an out.''
Rodriguez, who missed the first two games of the series with back spasms and a sore elbow, got another cold reception in the
city where he began his career. He was greeted with a chorus of boos and dollar bills raining down from the upper deck - the
idea of a local internet marketing company that stuck its logo on the front of the bill.
A-Rod walked twice and struck out in the fifth, delighting many in the crowd of 44,272, the Mariners' third-largest crowd
of the season.
(2-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings to earn his second win since joining New York's rotation in late July. He yielded two runs, one
earned, and seven hits.
and Coke combined for 2 2-3 innings of two-hit ball before
finished for his major league-leading 35th save in 36 chances this season. He has converted 31 straight opportunities.
Seattle loaded the bases in the sixth, knocking Mitre from the game. Robertson struck out
on a 2-2 fastball then got
looking at a 3-2 pitch that appeared to be well below Langerhans' knees but was called a strike by plate umpire C.B. Bucknor.
''I don't really have much of a comment on it. It was a pitch, I took it, I thought it was a ball,'' Langerhans said.
NOTES: Seattle LF
was a late scratch with a jammed right shoulder. Langerhans took his place in the lineup. ... Cano extended his hitting streak
to 13 games with a single in the second inning. ... Rivera has recorded 35 or more saves in a season 10 times in his career.