Andy Pettitte’s first start major-league start since Oct. 18, 2010 lasted 6 1/3 innings. The left-hander was sharp early, but his no-hit bid was broken up with two outs in the fourth on a two-run shot by Justin Smoak. Casper Wells hit a two-run shot of his own off the right-field foul pole during a five-hit sixth and the Mariners went on to beat the Yankees 6-2 in Pettitte’s return at the Stadium.
Pettitte was greeted — and saluted, upon his departure — with a standing ovation. He allowed just the four runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out two. He threw 94 pitches, 60 of them for strikes. The Mariners didn’t hit Pettitte hard until the sixth when all five hits were hit well. He escaped a based-loaded jam thanks to a double play started by Mark Teixeira.
The Yankees had double play woes of their own. Derek Jeter grounded into two, including one that allowed Kevin Millwood to escape a bases loaded jam in the fifth. Millwood cruised through seven innings otherwise in what was easily his best start of the year. He allowed just a run on three hits and struck out six to earn his first win after an 0-4 start.
The Yankees had an opportunity in the eighth. Millwood was pulled after 90 pitches and they loaded the bases against four Seattle relievers. The fourth, Charlie Furbush, walked Robinson Cano to plate a run before struck out a fooled Mark Teixeira on a slider to end the threat.