NEW YORK -- Robinson Cano's return to Yankee Stadium garnered plenty of boos and catcalls from a small crowd in attendance on a bitterly cold and miserable Monday night, but it also produced a 6-3 victory for the Mariners over the Yankees.
The announced temperature of 46 degrees was the coldest the Mariners have played in at the Bronx since a 49-degree day in 1992. With winds whipping around to make it even colder, as well as showers and a constant light mist in the air, it felt a lot like the past homestand at Safeco Field, but without a roof.
Amid the constant jeering from the smaller than announced crowd of 37,484, Cano did contribute in the Mariners' four-run fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Cano hit a ground ball off Yankee starter CC Sabathia to first baseman Mark Teixeira to score the Mariners' first run of the game. From there, Corey Hart doubled to left-center to score two runs and Justin Smoak added a run-scoring single as Seattle rallied from a 2-0 deficit.
The Mariners tacked on some much needed insurance runs in the seventh inning against the Yankees bullpen. Cano reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Dustin Ackley's pinch-hit single to left field to make it 5-2. Ackley later scored on Mike Zunino's fourth hit of the night -- a little run-scoring bloop single to right. Zunino's four hits were a career high.
Right-hander Chris Young picked up the victory. It was his first triumph since Sept. 2, 2012. Young pitched 52/3 innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
The Yankees jumped to a 1-0 lead when Teixeira crushed a 1-1 fastball from Young into the right-field seats for a solo homer. The Yankees added a run in third on Zunino's throwing error on a double steal. But Young, a fly ball pitcher, benefitted from the cold weather and swirling winds, never running into serious trouble after the double steal.
The Mariners roughed up Sabathia, banging out nine hits against the Yankees' ace, who lasted just five innings and was charged with four earned runs. It tied Sabathia's shortest start against the Mariners. Coming into Monday night, Sabathia was 12-4 with a 2.48 ERA in 22 career starts against Seattle, which included eight victories in his past nine starts.
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