Combine a near-flawless performance from New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka with the hot-hitting of rookie catcher Gary Sanchez and what you get is an easy, 5-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Sanchez homered off Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma in the first inning, a blast into the second deck in left field, for an early 1-0 lead. It was all the Yankees would need with Tanaka on the mound.
Tanaka scattered six hits and walked one on Thursday, leaving with a 4-0 advantage, which was more than enough for the Yankees bullpen. Seattle had him in trouble in the second and third innings, putting two runners on with one out, but Tanaka worked out of it each time.
Sanchez also doubled and was intentionally walked twice by the Mariners. He terrorized Seattle pitching in the series, reaching base twice in Tuesday’s win (hit and walk) and ripping two home runs on Monday.
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Leonys Martin had two hits and a walk for the Mariners, who dropped two of three games to the Yankees.