Phil Hughes turned in his best start of the season on Saturday, pitching 7 2/3 innings of one-run ball in a 6-2 win over the Seattle Mariners. The right-hander allowed just one solo home run to Mike Carp in the seventh. He gave up six hits and one walk while striking four on 112 pitches to earn the win and improve to 3-4.
The Yankees did most of their damage in the bottom of the second thanks to four extra-base hits. Mark Teixeira doubled down the right field line, before Nick Swisher flew out to left field for the second out of the inning. Raul Ibanez – who has been extremely clutch for the Yankees all season – came through with a big two-out RBI double to drive in Teixeira.
Russell Martin, who came into the game marred in a 1 for 16 slump, followed with a double of his own to the center field wall to bring home Ibanez. Jayson Nix added to the two-out rally with a two-run homer to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. For Nix, who was playing shortstop for the first time since 2010 with the Chicago White Sox, it was his first hit since last season. He was 0 for 20 over that span.
Ibanez tacked on another run for the Yankees with his solo homer in the fourth. It was his seventh of the season, and he is now second on the team with 21 RBI.
In the bottom of the eighth, Robinson Cano made it 6-1 with an RBI double, giving him six consecutive games with an extra base-hit. He drove in Derek Jeter, who earlier in the inning tied Tony Gwynn for 17th all-time with his 3,141 career hit.
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