Yankees 3, Mariners 2
NEW YORK (AP) _ Dennis Martinez’s inexplicable losing streak to New York grew to 12 Wednesday night as David Wells pitched the Yankees to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners.
New York manager Joe Torre got his 1,000th career victory, making him the only active AL manager to reach the plateau.
Martinez (1-2), the winningest active pitcher in the majors with 241 career wins, fell to 0-12 in his last 15 starts against New York and now hasn’t won at Yankee Stadium in 20 years.
The right-hander pitched well enough to win, allowing seven hits in seven innings but was done in by his own throwing error and Wells.
Wells (2-1) struck out a season-high nine and didn’t walk a batter in 7 2-3 innings to improve his career mark to 10-2 at Yankee Stadium. The left-hander gave up seven hits and struck out Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez twice each.
Tim Raines and Tino Martinez homered for the Yankees, and Jay Buhner homered in the ninth for Seattle.
Tino Martinez led off the eighth with his ninth homer, a solo shot off Greg McCarthy to extend his major league record for RBIs in April to 34. Martinez broke Barry Bonds’ record of 32 RBIs in the month on Tuesday night.
After striking out Rodriguez to open the eighth and retiring Griffey on a fly to right-center, Wells was lifted for Jeff Nelson, who struck out Edgar Martinez to end the inning.
Mariano Rivera gave up Buhner’s leadoff homer in the ninth, but earned his eighth save.
The Yankees snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth with an unearned run when Seattle third baseman Russ Davis couldn’t handle Cecil Fielder’s smash, allowing the go-ahead run to score.
Bernie Williams singled to open the sixth, took second on Martinez’s wild pickoff throw and went to third when Tino Martinez flied to deep center.
Dennis Martinez then intentionally walked Paul O’Neill to face Fielder, who ripped a low liner that Davis couldn’t squeeze. As the ball rolled to the left-field line, O’Neill took third and Fielder lumbered into second.
Dennis Martinez, winless at Yankee Stadium since 1977 and without a victory against New York since 1982, gave up Raines’ leadoff homer in the first, but managed to avoid trouble over the next three innings thanks to three double plays.
The right-hander, 2-18 in his 25 career starts against New York, last beat the Yankees on June 11, 1982, while with Baltimore. He dropped to 1-10 in 17 games at Yankee Stadium, with his only win coming in relief on May 20, 1977.
Raines hit Martinez’s third pitch over the wall in right for his first home run this season. It was the 16th time he has led off a game with a home run.
The Mariners finally got to Wells for a run in the fifth inning on Rich Amaral’s sacrifice fly.
Notes: Bobby Cox of Atlanta and Tony La Russa of St. Louis are the only other active managers with more than 1,000 career wins. Torre is 1,000-1,086 as manager for the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Yankees. ... Of Martinez’s six losses last year with Cleveland, four came against New York. ... Yankees outfielder-DH Darryl Strawberry, on the disabled list since April 11 with fluid on his left knee, was diagnosed with swelling under his left kneecap on Wednesday by team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon in New York. Strawberry had pain in the knee while running Tuesday at the club’s training facility in Tampa, Fla., and came to New York to have it examined. He will return to Florida Thursday to resume his rehab. ... ... New York’s Derek Jeter snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a fourth-inning single.