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Jeter leads Yanks past Mariners

SEATTLE -- It was Derek Jeter's night.

The Yankees legend, making his final trip to Seattle before retirement, reached base three times and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth as New York earned its first victory of the season against the Mariners, 3-2, Tuesday at Safeco Field.

Seattle had won its first three games against the Yankees and can still take the season series for the first time since 2003 with a win in either of the next two games.

The Mariners had been red hot, winning three straight and eight of nine coming into the homestand. It looked like that run might continue when the hosts tied the score at 2-2 on a two-out RBI single by Dustin Ackley in the seventh that brought Mike Zunino home from second.

Seattle's Brad Miller continued the rally with an infield single, beating the throw from Jeter in shallow center-field, but Willie Bloomquist struck out on a check swing to end the inning and cap an 0 for 4 evening, having hit safely in his previous eight starts.

Insurance was needed as New York quickly regained the lead in the eighth. Jeter got things started with a ground-rule double to center with one out, the 3,372nd hit of his Hall of Fame career and the last pitch from Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma. Reliever Charlie Furbush came in and allowed the go-ahead single to Jacoby Ellsbury, which scored Jeter from second.

Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest for a Yankee since Jeter when 19 games in 2012.

Mariners star Robinson Cano got on with one out in the eighth but didn't get past first base as Endy Chavez and Kyle Seager each popped out to second.

New York closer David Robertson struck out Zunino, Michael Saunders and pinch-hitter John Buck in the ninth to record his 15th save.

The Yankees struck right away in the first inning Tuesday as the night's honoree, Jeter, whose career was celebrated by the Mariners before the game, sparked a rally with a sharp single up the middle. He eventually scored on a double to left by Carlos Beltran.

New York added another run when a throw by Miller at short, after a diving stop up the middle on a Brian McCann grounder, pulled Bloomquist off first base, allowing Mark Teixeira to score from third.

The Mariners, coming off back-to-back shutouts against the Tampa Bay Rays, had thrown 19 consecutive scoreless innings.

Seattle responded in the bottom of the first when Cano, booed by some in a bipartisan home crowd, doubled in the first inning to increase his hitting streak to eight games. He scored on a single by Cole Gillespie, who hit cleanup for the first time of his career.

Gillespie, who was caught stealing to end the inning, has a .423 batting average -- 11 hits in 26 at bats--over his last 11 games.

Yankees starter Vidal Nuno was able to shut out the M's the next 4 2/3 innings before being relieved, and he got plenty of help from his defense in doing so.

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