Pitcher Washburn does it all as Mariners shut down Yankees


Jarrod Washburn had an emphatic answer to last weekend's dustup against the Yankees: eight scoreless innings against New York.

Washburn allowed six hits and struck out a season-high six and Kenji Johjima hit a two-run home run to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Friday night.

It was the first time in 10 starts against New York that Washburn has held the Yankees scoreless.

In his previous start, Washburn hit Josh Phelps in the back with a pitch, after Phelps bowled over catcher Johjima at home plate. When Yankees reliever Scott Proctor retaliated later in the game, he and manager Joe Torre were ejected and eventually suspended.

Friday night, Washburn (3-3) silenced the Yankees bats in the first game of their nine-game road trip, retiring his final eight batters. The final one was Hideki Matsui, who flailed at a pitch in the dirt. Washburn pumped both arms and let out a primal scream as he walked off the mound to a standing ovation from a near-sellout crowd of 44,214.

J.J. Putz got three outs for his eighth save in eight chances.

Washburn was toughest each time the Yankees threatened to score. With Johnny Damon on second and one out in the first inning, Washburn retired Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez on ground outs. With two on and one out in the second, the fast-working lefty struck out Robinson Cano on a slow curveball and Melky Cabrera on a fastball. Washburn slapped his glove and shouted to punctuate that escape.

After Jeter walked and Rodriguez reached on a hard shot that glanced off third baseman Adrian Beltre's glove for a hit with two outs in the third, all Matsui could do against Washburn was foul out.

And after Phelps reached second base after a fielder's choice in the fourth, Washburn got Cabrera to ground out. Washburn yelled and pumped his fist at that, too.

Rasner (1-2) fell behind on Raul Ibanez's RBI single in the third. After he walked Beltre to begin the fourth, Johjima lined a 90 mph fastball on a 2-1 count into the first row of bleachers beyond left field. His fourth home run put Seattle up 3-0.

Rasner left after five innings having allowed three runs and seven hits. He struck out one and walked three.

Proctor, suspended for four games pending an appeal for throwing behind Yuniesky Betancourt on Sunday, relieved. The first man Proctor faced was Betancourt.

This time, no sparks. Proctor's first pitch was outside, and Betancourt popped out on the second pitch.

Notes: Sunday in New York, Washburn gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings and lost. ... Seattle OF Ichiro Suzuki had his third and fourth stolen bases of the season, off Rasner and C Jorge Posada. Suzuki has been successful on an AL-record 43 consecutive attempts. The major league record is 50 by Vince Coleman from 1988-89. Rasner had not allowed a stolen base in his first 47 1-3 innings in the major leagues. ... Yankees DH Jason Giambi was a late scratch, missing his third consecutive start because of a spur near his left heel. Torre is hoping his slugger will play Saturday.

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