Three weeks ago, Phil Hughes couldn’t get out of the first inning against the Mariners. Tonight he pitched seven scoreless. Hughes scattered three hits and struck out seven as the Yankees built a four-game winning streak with a 6-1 win in their series opener at Safeco Field. It was yet another high point in Hughes’ up-and-down season. He was ultimately credited with one unearned run after his leadoff walk in the eighth came around to score against the Yankees bullpen (after a Kevin Youkilis error). All of the Yankees runs came in the third inning, when they batted around and got back-to-back home runs from Robinson Cano (a three-run shot) and Mark Teixeira. Vernon Wells and Ichiro Suzuki each had RBI singles in the inning. Austin Romine was the only Yankees starter without a hit.
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