Suzuki has hit safely in all 11 games for the Yankees, but Garcia has dropped his last three starts heading into Sunday's series finale against the Mariners in the Bronx.
Seattle (51-58) is 9-3 since dealing Suzuki to New York (62-44) on July 23 - just before these teams met at Safeco Field - while the Yankees are 5-6 in that span.
Suzuki has exactly one hit in every game for the Yankees for his longest streak of the year, although he has failed to walk during it. He was the 2001 AL MVP as a rookie when the Mariners won 116 games and lost to New York in the AL championship series - the last time the 38-year-old Suzuki took part in the postseason.
Garcia (4-5, 5.10 ERA) won a career-high 18 games that season for Seattle, where he began his career in 1999. The 35-year-old Garcia has been with four different teams since leaving the Mariners, winning the World Series in 2005 with the White Sox and pitching in the playoffs last year with New York.
The right-hander has posted a 4.74 ERA in losing his last three outings, allowing three runs and nine hits over six innings Monday in a 5-4 defeat to Baltimore. He has received two runs of support in each loss.
Garcia had gone 4-0 with a 4.02 ERA in his previous six starts against the Mariners before giving up three runs over 7 1-3 innings in a 4-2 road loss opposite Venezuelan countryman Felix Hernandez on July 24.
Hernandez once again dominated in New York with a two-hitter in Saturday's 1-0 victory. The Mariners ace improved to 4-1 with a 1.13 ERA at the new Yankee Stadium.
After Robinson Cano doubled with two outs in the first inning, Hernandez didn't allow another runner to second base. Only seven balls were hit out of the infield.
"Our pitching was great, it's just unfortunate that Felix was a little better today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Both have enjoyed success versus Garcia. Thames has three doubles in eight at-bats, Carp is 3 for 9 and Michael Saunders is 3 for 6 with a homer.
Seattle rookie Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2, 4.10) will make his sixth straight start and second against New York. He allowed one run over five innings July 25 and did not get a decision in a 5-2 loss.
The right-hander earned his first victory as a starter Monday by striking out 13 Toronto hitters and giving up one run over eight innings in a 4-1 win. That outing came two days after he returned from visiting his sick father in Japan.
"It's difficult, but I tried to do my best and just used the time with my father," Iwakuma told the Mariners' official website through an interpreter. "Even if it was just a short time, it was useful."
Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 3 for 3 with a homer last month against Iwakuma.
Jeter's shortstop counterpart, Seattle's Brendan Ryan , is likely to miss Sunday's game after getting hit by a pitch on his left elbow Saturday.
|July 18, 2012||Charlie Furbush||15-Day DL||Strained left triceps|
|July 01, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor strain|
|June 30, 2012||Erasmo Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - leg injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Left Game-Head Injury|
|June 29, 2012||Franklin Gutierrez||15-Day DL||Concussion|
|June 27, 2012||Kevin Millwood||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained right groin|
|New York Yankees|
|July 25, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||15-Day DL||Non-displaced fracture in left hand|
|July 25, 2012||Nick Swisher||Day-to-Day||Strained left hip flexor|
|July 24, 2012||Alex Rodriguez||Day-to-Day||Left hand fracture|
|June 28, 2012||Andy Pettitte||60-Day DL||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 27, 2012||Andy Pettitte||Day-to-Day||Fractured left ankle - out 6-8 weeks|
|June 25, 2012||CC Sabathia||15-Day DL||Left groin strain|
NEW YORK (AP) -- A decade ago, Raul Ibanez and Ichiro Suzuki watched Seattle teammate Freddy Garcia establish himself as a big winner with a big fastball.
On Sunday, with the trio now dressed in Yankees pinstripes, Garcia won yet again with a much different repertoire.
Garcia posted his 150th career victory while Ibanez homered and drove in three runs as New York wrapped up a long and losing homestand by beating the Mariners 6-2.
"For me, it's another win," Garcia said. "Hopefully, more are coming."
Garcia (5-5) hung around for five innings on a sticky afternoon and preserved a one-run edge with his final pitch, retiring Kyle Seager with two runners on base.
A two-time All-Star with the Mariners, the 35-year-old Garcia has since bounced all over the majors. In and out of the rotation this season, he ended a string of three straight losing starts and improved to 150-100.
Garcia wins these days with guile instead of gas. He got the young Mariners hitters to chase off-speed pitches, working around five hits and four walks.
"He's had to reinvent himself," Ibanez said. "It's really his will and determination that's made him great."
Suzuki has seen the transformation, too.
"Back in 2001, he was throwing 95, 96 (mph)," Suzuki said through a translator. "The pitchers who can make that adjustment are going to be successful. Some can't."
Michael Saunders doubled off Garcia for Seattle's lone extra-base hit.
"He moves the ball in and out and he's got that splitty and big curveball, slider. He's got a bunch of pitches," Saunders said.
The AL East-leading Yankees won for only the sixth time in 16 games. They went 4-5 against Boston, Baltimore and Seattle on their longest stay in the Bronx so far this season. On Monday night, they'll face Tigers ace Justin Verlander in Detroit.
Garcia is the top winner in major league history among pitchers born in Venezuela. Johan Santana is next with 139 and Seattle star Felix Hernandez is farther down with 95.
"I still have the record," Garcia kidded.
Boone Logan , David Robertson and Rafael Soriano combined for four innings of hitless relief.
"We kind of labored through that game there," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "We still need to get better with our pitch selection."
Ibanez hit his 15th homer in the fifth, a solo drive off Hisashi Iwakuma (2-3) that put the Yankees ahead 4-2. Ibanez delivered again in the sixth with a two-out, two-run single off Oliver Perez with the bases loaded.
Suzuki continued to be a one-hit wonder.
The Yankees newcomer extended his hitting streak to 12 games, all since being traded from Seattle to New York, when his routine fly got lost in the sun and fell for a seventh-inning double.
Suzuki has gotten exactly one hit in each of those 12 games - Willy Aybar was the last big leaguer with such an odd streak, getting a single hit in 13 straight for the Dodgers in 2006, STATS LLC said.
Suzuki said he was getting more comfortable with his surroundings. That includes dealing with a tough glare in the outfield, and he looked into the sun for a stumbling catch.
"If it was getting harder and harder every day, I'm not worthy of wearing the Yankee uniform," he said.
Jesus Montero hit a pair of RBI singles for the short-handed Mariners, who had won eight of nine. Shortstop Brendan Ryan was out a day after being hit by a pitch on the left elbow. Mike Carp singled home the game's only run Saturday, then went to California after the game for the birth of his daughter.
The Mariners are the top-fielding team in the majors, though it hardly looked that way in the early innings.
In the first, Saunders made an ill-advised throw from center field, third baseman Chone Figgins had a ball pop out of his glove and Seager stayed back on the grass on Mark Teixeira 's grounder to second and played it into an RBI single.
The next inning, first baseman Dustin Ackley let Curtis Granderson 's hard grounder skip through his legs for a two-out error that scored a run.
Derek Jeter added an RBI single in the fourth.
NOTES: Injured RHP Mariano Rivera , LHP Andy Pettitte , 3B Alex Rodriguez and OF Brett Gardner joined the rest of the Yankees to greet season ticket-holders lined up on the warning track before the game for Photo Day. Pettitte said he was going for another X-ray on his broken left leg, and Girardi said after the game that the longtime ace was "definitely better." The Yankees still hope he can pitch again in September. Girardi said it was "99.9 percent" certain Rivera (torn right knee) wouldn't return this year and that there was a chance the speedy Gardner (right elbow) could be activated next month, if only to pinch run. ... Carp is expected to rejoin the team Monday night in Baltimore. Wedge said Ryan's injury is day-to-day.