The New York Yankees are rolling, and big innings fueled by home runs are a major reason why.
Mark Teixeira has played a big part.
Teixeira looks to continue his power surge and help the Yankees match their longest winning streak of the season when they face the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
New York (35-25) has won four in a row after dropping seven of eight, a slump during which it managed 15 runs and three homers.
The resurgent offense has sparked the winning streak, as the Yankees have batted .273 - 26 points above their season average. They've hit six home runs in that stretch, with five sparking at least one inning of four or more runs in each contest.
The big inning in the opener of this four-game set was the third, when Teixeira hit a solo homer right after Robinson Cano 's three-run shot sparked a six-run outburst en route to a 6-1 victory.
"That was a great inning," Cano said. "The whole lineup hit in that inning and that's what you want. You want to take advantage when you've got runners in scoring position. We got shut out after that but at least we scored early."
The Yankees are on the brink of equaling their season-high five-game run of May 8-12, and a healthy Teixeira has had a major role in that.
The first baseman is 4 for 13 with three homers and eight RBIs over the past four games after going 1 for 9 in his first three following his return from a wrist injury.
His hot streak may continue Friday as he's posted a .418 average with eight homers and 16 RBIs in his last 16 games at Seattle (26-35).
Cano has batted .341 with 18 RBIs in his last 21 meetings with the Mariners. He's put together a nine-game hitting streak at Safeco Field during that stretch, hitting .395 while driving in 10 runs.
Hiroki Kuroda (6-4, 2.59) is set to take the ball after giving up three runs and two homers in 5 1-3 innings of a rain-shortened 3-0 loss to Boston on Sunday.
The right-hander has split four starts against the Mariners with a 2.70 ERA. He won his only outing at Seattle on July 23, yielding one run and three hits with nine strikeouts in seven innings of a 4-1 victory.
Seattle, 2-2 on its 10-game homestand, will send Jeremy Bonderman to the mound. The right-hander gave up seven runs and three homers in 4 2-3 innings of a 10-0 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, his first appearance since an eight-year stint with Detroit ended after 2010.
Bonderman has posted a 7.31 ERA while losing his last three starts against New York, the most recent coming Aug. 18, 2010.
Kyle Seager is providing an offensive spark for the Mariners, batting .366 during a 10-game hitting streak. The third baseman has totaled five runs with two doubles and a grand slam in the past two contests.
He's 1 for 9 versus Kuroda, while Michael Morse is 3 for 9 with two homers.
Morse went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Thursday after missing eight games with a quad injury. He had gone 7 for 12 in his previous three games against New York.
|New York Yankees|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
|May 25, 2013||Curtis Granderson||15-Day DL||Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||Curtis Granderson||Day-to-Day||Left game - Broken left pinkie finger|
|May 24, 2013||David Phelps||Day-to-Day||Left game - Right arm injury|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|May 17, 2013||Andy Pettitte||15-Day DL||Strained left trapezius muscle|
|June 04, 2013||Jesus Sucre||Day-to-Day||Left game - left wrist injury|
|June 01, 2013||Jesus Montero||Day-to-Day||Torn left meniscus|
|May 30, 2013||Justin Smoak||15-Day DL||Right oblique strain|
|May 16, 2013||Aaron Harang||Day-to-Day||Lower back stiffness|
|April 23, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||60-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|April 22, 2013||Franklin Gutierrez||Day-to-Day||Torn right hamstring|
SEATTLE (AP) -- Jeremy Bonderman spent the final three innings in the back of the Seattle Mariners clubhouse going through his normal treatment routine.
As special as Friday night was for Bonderman, he tried to keep it like any other outing. This one happened to be his first victory in nearly three years.
"Getting back out on the field and feeling like you can compete and hold your own feels really good," Bonderman said.
Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both hit two-out, two-run singles in Seattle's four-run fourth inning, Bonderman pitched six sharp innings to win for the first time since 2010, and the Mariners beat the New York Yankees 4-1.
All of Seattle's offense came in one stretch of the fourth inning when six straight batters reached base, capped by the clutch hits from Ryan and Bay off Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda . Seattle entered the night hitting .221 with runners in scoring position, but capitalized on the few chances they got against Kuroda.
The surprise was Bonderman's effort, winning for the first time since Sept. 8, 2010, while still pitching for Detroit. He struggled to get through the first two innings, but shut down the Yankees from there.
It was a special moment for Bonderman, after enduring right elbow reconstruction in April 2012 and various shoulder problems that have interrupted his career at times. But Bonderman wasn't thrown in the showers and doused with drinks to celebrate. Handshakes and hugs were enough.
"We don't have a ton of time around him, but you know what he's gone through to get here and you see the look in his eye and how competitive he is and everything, it's awesome to see what he did today," Ryan said. "We're happy for him and I'm sure he feels like it's been a long time coming, but hopefully it was all worth it."
The Yankees have scored in two of 18 innings to open the four-game series in Seattle. New York scored all six runs in the third inning on Thursday night then was shut out after the first on Friday.
Bonderman (1-1) appeared on his way to an early exit, needing 50 pitches to labor through the first two innings. He got out of the first allowing just one run on Travis Hafner 's ground out and was helped in the second by Vernon Wells ' baserunning mistake when he was picked off second after reaching on an error.
From there, Bonderman flashed back to his best days in Detroit. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced with perfect innings in the third, fourth and sixth. The only baserunner Bonderman allowed after the second was Reid Brignac , who reached on a single in the fifth.
Bonderman was done after the sixth inning, giving up just three hits and striking out two. He threw 47 pitches over his final four innings. It was a satisfying rebound after Bonderman gave up three home runs and seven earned runs in his first start for Seattle in Minnesota last Sunday.
Yoervis Medina pitched the seventh and first two outs of the eighth before walking Brett Gardner . Seattle's Charlie Furbush entered and struck out Robinson Cano looking on a 3-2 pitch. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up just his second hit to a right-handed batter when Kevin Youkilis lined a two-out double in the ninth, but finished off his 15th save.
"It was big for him, it was big for me, for all of us, because that's a significant step," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said of Wilhelmsen. "Obviously he was relaxed and drove the ball downhill."
Seattle's rally against Kuroda (6-5) came with two outs and the bases empty. Michael Morse doubled, but it was the consecutive walks to Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach that hurt Kuroda. Ryan hit a liner into right field that fell in front of Ichiro Suzuki to score Morse and Franklin. Endy Chavez followed with a roller back up the middle that hit second base and Brignac behind the bag couldn't handle the deflection. Bay then lined a single into left to score Shoppach and Ryan, and cap the Mariners big inning.
"I didn't want to make a big inning out of it, but I wanted to protect that one run lead," Kuroda said through an interpreter. "So I got a little too careful and pitched around too much."
NOTES: New York closer Mariano Rivera continued his farewell tour on Friday by meeting with high school and college students participating in the Mariners "Fielders Group" program that gives training for youth interested in a career in sports. Rivera spoke with the group of 11 students for about 30 minutes and was late getting out to batting practice. ... Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Tampa on Saturday. Pineda was acquired from Seattle before the 2012 season, but has yet to pitch for the Yankees due to injury. ... Seattle's Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh.