Woo pitches six shutout innings, Moore hits two homers and drives in four runs as Seattle Mariners defeat New York Yankees 6-3

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Josh Rojas and Dylan Moore celebrates after a home run

Bryan Woo pitched shutout innings at Yankee Stadium for the second consecutive season. Dylan Moore hit two home runs and had four RBIs, helping the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Woo previously pitched 5 1/3 hitless innings at Yankee Stadium on June 22 last year for his first major league win. He exited after allowing two hits in the sixth inning.

“When you come in here, you got to be ready to go. There’s no messing around, falling behind and whatnot,” Woo said. “The crowd’s going to be ready to go, so you’ve got to be ready to go. So I think it just raises your game a little bit. I think if you really enjoy competing and being in environments like this, then, just a lot of fun.”

Ty France and Luke Raley also homered for the Mariners, who handed the Yankees their first consecutive losses since April 29 and 30 at Baltimore. Seattle had rallied from a three-run, ninth-inning deficit for a 5-4 victory in the series opener, ending New York’s seven-game winning streak.

In a matchup of division leaders, New York trailed 4-0 before Gleyber Torres hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Trent Thornton—just Torres’ third home run this season.

Raley homered leading off the eighth on Clayton Andrews’ first pitch for the Yankees. Andrews was sent back to Triple-A after the game.

Bryan Woo pitches to the batter

Moore, playing due to Jorge Polanco’s hamstring injury, put Seattle ahead with a two-run homer to left in the third off Clarke Schmidt (5-2). He then added an RBI single in a two-run seventh and an opposite-field solo homer to right in the ninth against Nick Burdi.

This increased his season total to six homers, marking his third career two-homer game. “I love to play and I love to hit, and if you hit, you play,” Moore said. He used France’s compression sleeve, which was a little loose. “I lost the one that he got me, so he gave me his,” Moore said. “And then he ordered me some more.”

Woo (2-0) gave up just two hits over six innings: a single by Austin Wells in the second and a double by Alex Verdugo in the fourth. With his parents and many relatives watching, the 24-year-old right-hander made his third start of the season after recovering from right elbow inflammation.

“It’s a special arm,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Watching the confidence grow, it’s been awesome to see.”

Woo didn’t walk any batters and struck out seven. He threw first-pitch strikes to 15 of 20 batters and only went to two three-ball counts. Out of 77 pitches, 58 were strikes.

Alex Verdugo slides to third base

“Elite fastball,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. Andrés Muñoz finished with a five-hitter for his second save of the series, striking out Oswaldo Cabrera with two on for his 10th save in 11 chances.

Josh Rojas doubled with one out in the third for Seattle’s first hit, ending an 0-for-15 slump. Moore then hit a full-count sweeper into the left-field seats. France homered off Dennis Santana in the seventh. Schmidt, who had won his last three starts, gave up five hits over five innings.

“I thought they had a really good game plan, fouling off a lot of pitches, a lot of deep counts,” Schmidt said. Schmidt believed he tipped his pitch on Moore’s homer, with Rojas signaling a full-count cutter. “Tipping is a part of this game,” Schmidt said.

Yankees starters have pitched at least four innings in each of the first 50 games, matching 1989 for the second-longest streak at the start of New York’s season after 58 in 1904.

Seattle right fielder Dominic Canzone made diving backhand catches on Anthony Volpe in the first and Cabrera in the third. Giancarlo Stanton fouled out to the catcher with two on in the seventh, making him 4 for 44 as a pinch hitter.

Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh had to borrow teammate Seby Zavala’s mitt when a string on his own broke while coach Tommy Joseph repaired Raleigh’s.


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