With Kevin Youkilis, Lyle Overbay and David Adams available off the bench, the Yankees stuck with Chris Stewart and it paid off. Stewart’s two-out RBI single in the ninth gave the Yankees a 2-1 win against Felix Hernandez and the Mariners in today’s series finale. The Yankees won three of four in Seattle, taking the series after Ichiro Suzuki walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a bad throw after Stewart singled through the left side of the infield. It was a much-needed rally against the Mariners bullpen after the Yankees had some early success — but not much to show for it — against Hernandez. The Yankees left the bases loaded in the first inning, and after three hits led to a run in the second, Robinson Cano hit into a double play that ended the inning without further damage. Hernandez went on to retire 15 of the next 17, with the only exceptions being an error and Brett Gardner’s third hit of the day (Gardner would finish with four hits). Yankees starter David Phelps matched Hernandez for six innings, allowing one run on a two-out single in the second, after which Phelps retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced. Boone Logan and Dave Robertson pitched a scoreless inning apiece, and Mariano Rivera got his 23rd save.
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