NEW YORK — It was shaping as much as be MLB’s must-watch pitchers’ duel of the day, pitting the Mariners’ shiny new Commerce Deadline acquisition in opposition to the Yankees’ five-time All-Star ace.
And it largely was — however not till after the primary inning.
The Mariners ambushed Gerrit Cole for 3 homers earlier than Luis Castillo took the mound, giving their new frontline starter a six-run cushion. That, and the gnarly stuff from Seattle’s new ace, proved to be a profitable method in a 7-3 win on Wednesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Castillo got here one out shy of finishing the seventh inning, surrendering a troublesome grounder simply previous first baseman Carlos Santana, then a two-run homer to Kyle Higashioka that ended his day. However earlier than that sequence, he’d given up simply three hits and one run whereas putting out eight, making him the Mariners’ first midseason acquisition with that many Okay’s in his first begin since Andy Benes had 9 in 1995, 27 years in the past to the day.
All of it led to Seattle’s first sequence win over the Yanks since 2016, and it capped a difficult highway journey in opposition to the AL’s two greatest groups on a excessive be aware.
The early run assist got here through first-inning homers from Eugenio Suárez, Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic, marking the primary time since Could 2, 2002, that Seattle hit no less than three within the opening body. That day in opposition to the White Sox, Bret Boone and Mike Cameron went back-to-back twice within the first, and Cameron hit two extra later to finish his epic four-homer efficiency.