Cal Raleigh's RBI single in 10th inning gives Mariners 1-0 win over Yankees

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby reacts after striking out New York Yankees' Kyle Higashioka to retire the side during the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 31, 2023, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

SEATTLE (AP) — Cal Raleigh’s single leading off the bottom of the 10th inning scored pinch-runner Jose Caballero to give the Seattle Mariners a 1-0 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Seattle avoided a three-game sweep and snapped New York’s four-game win streak thanks largely to a terrific pitching performance from starter George Kirby and Raleigh’s clutch hit.

Raleigh lined a 2-2 pitch from Ron Marinaccio (2-2) into right field and Caballero scored easily after starting the inning as the runner at second base.

Justin Topa (1-2) pitched around J.P. Crawford’s error on DJ LeMahieu’s grounder leading off the 10th inning as the Yankees failed to score with the bases loaded and one out. Anthony Volpe hit a slow chopper and third baseman Eugenio Suarez was able to get the force out at home plate for the second out. Pinch-hitter Franchy Cordero then struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the threat.

This scoreless shutout between the teams lacked some of the drama from Aug. 9, 2022 when a wild night saw the teams stay scoreless into the 13th inning before Seattle won 1-0 on Luis Torrens’ RBI single.

But it was another terrific pitching performance on both sides.

Kirby didn’t factor in the decision but pitched one of the best games in his young career throwing eight shutout innings allowing only three hits.

Kirby rebounded from his worst start of the season when he matched career highs with seven earned runs and four home runs allowed in a loss last week to Pittsburgh.

It was the first time in Kirby’s career pitching eight shutout innings and was a welcomed sight for Seattle after watching its pitching staff get battered for 20 runs and 30 hits in the first two games of the series.

Kirby struck out seven and needed 95 pitches to get through eight innings, striking out Kyle Higashioka for his final batter.

New York starter Clarke Schmidt was nearly the equal of Kirby and thanks to the Yankees bullpen continued to match zeros on the scoreboard. Schmidt threw 5 2/3 innings giving up three hits and striking out seven before turning to the bullpen.

Wandy Peralta allowed one hit in two innings of relief and Clay Holmes struck out three of the four batters he faced.


Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was out of the lineup for the third straight game with a stiff neck. Manager Aaron Boone said he expects Rizzo to return to the lineup on Friday in Los Angeles.


Seattle recalled RHP Matt Festa from Triple-A Tacoma and optioned RHP Darren McCaughan. McCaughan threw three innings of relief in Tuesday’s game. Festa was optioned by the Mariners to Tacoma on April 9 and made 18 appearances with a 0.43 ERA.


Yankees: Following a day off, the Yankees will open a three-game series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. Luis Severino (0-0, 1.59) will make his third start of the season against Clayton Kershaw (6-4, 3.32) for Los Angeles.

Mariners: After an off-day, Seattle opens a road trip in Texas on Friday. Luis Castillo (4-2, 2.69) will get the start opposite Jon Gray (5-1, 2.81) for the Rangers.


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