SEATTLE -- After a gushing ceremony on Tuesday and excessive standing ovations over three days, the Derek Jeter retirement tour is finally exiting town, leaving behind a destructive path of three straight losses for the Mariners in their own park.
Jeter and his band--the New York Yankees--came, saw and dominated in a sweep of the Mariners.
The last game Jeter played in Safeco Field was productive, much like the whole series. The Yankees' captain went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI along with about six standing ovations to lead New York to a 6-3 win over Seattle.
In three games, Jeter went 7-for-12 in the series with four runs scored, two RBI and two walks while being showered with almost excessive adulation for his every move.
A packed crowd of 40,596 -- probably at least 40 percent Yankees' fans cheering for every Yankees play--all clutching commemorative bobbleheads of local rapper Macklemore--saw a game that was pretty much decided after four innings.
In their second time seeing him this season, the Yankees were ready for Seattle starter Roenis Elias.
Back on May 1 at Yankee Stadium, Elias tossed six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts in a 4-2 win.
This time they weren't fooled.
On Thursday, he'd already given up two runs just three batters into the game.
With one out, Jeter dumped a single into right field as he's done so many times in his career. Jacoby Ellsbury the gave New York a quick 2-0 lead, hammering a line drive into the right field seats for a two-run homer. Ellsbury also hit a first-inning homer off Elias in that game in New York.
Elias worked a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the second and his teammates cut the lead in half with Logan Morrison belting his first homer of the season, lining a solo shot over the right field wall.
It would be the only clean inning in Elias' shortest start of the season.
Jeter led off the third inning with a single off Elias' foot into center field. Ellsbury drew a walk to put another runner on. Alfonso Soriano then scored both with a double to the left-center gap to make it 4-1.
In the fourth inning, Elias walked Brian Roberts and gave up a single to John Ryan Murphy. Brett Gardner then bunted the runners into scoring position. It ended Elias' night.
With Jeter coming to the plate, manager Lloyd McClendon called on hard-throwing reliever Dominic Leone to try and get Jeter out for the first time on the night. He couldn't. Jeter looped a ball over the drawn-in infield into right field to score both runs and make it 6-1.
Elias was charged with both runs in the inning. In all, he was saddled with six runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in 31/3 innings pitched. It was easily his weakest outing of the season.
The Mariners shaved a run off the lead in the fifth inning. Brad Miller doubled to start the inning and later scored on James Jones' one-out single up the middle to make it 6-2. Seattle should have had another run, but Ellsbury made a fantastic leaping catch, crashing into the wall on Robinson Cano's drive to deep drive to center field. It would have been a sure double.
The Mariners tacked on a run in the ninth inning on a Morrison double.
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