Printed on: May 16, 2013
Ibanez's slam lifts Mariners
NEW YORK -- Raul Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer Wednesday to help Seattle rout New York 12-2.
Ibanez's slam came during a seven-run first inning. Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
Every Seattle starter had at least one of its season-high 16 hits and Jesus Montero was the only starter who failed to score a run in the Mariners' best output this year.
The Mariners chased Phil Hughes after he got only two outs in the first. Trying to preserve his bullpen, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Brett Marshall throw 108 pitches in his big league debut, then brought in Gonzalez.
Ibanez has connected three times in the first two games of his return to the ballpark in which -- last year at 40 years old -- he electrified crowds in late September and October with several key homers in the Yankees' run to the AL championship series.
This time, the cries of "Ra-uuul!" were replaced by boos for Hughes (2-3) when Ibanez connected for his 11th career slam. Ibanez homered again in the fifth inning off Marshall.
Kendrys Morales, Michael Morse and Michael Saunders each drove in a run in the highest-scoring first inning at the stadium that opened in 2009.
Around the majors
Cubs 6, Rockies 3: At Chicago, Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day, and the Cubs beat the Rockies. Colorado has not won back-to-back games since a season-high eight-game winning streak April 12 through 20.
BLUE JAYS 11, GIANTS 3: At Toronto, J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011, and the Blue Jays won their season-high fourth straight game.
RED SOX 9, RAYS 2: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam, and the Red Sox roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price.
Cardinals 4, Mets 2: At St. Louis, rookie Shelby Miller followed up his nearly perfect one-hitter with 52/3 scoreless innings, and the Cardinals scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch.
RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 2: At Oakland, Calif., Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, leading Alexi Ogando and the Rangers.
ASTROS 7, TIGERS 5: At Detroit, Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera's bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and the Astros avoided a season sweep against the Tigers.
PADRES 8, ORIOLES 4: At Baltimore, Alexi Amarista homered and doubled twice as the San Diego Padres matched their season-high with 17 hits, beating Baltimore for a two-game sweep.
WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 4: At Minneapolis, Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering the Chicago White Sox past Minnesota.
Reds 4, Marlins 0: At Miami, Shin-Soo Choo hit two homers and four pitchers combined on an 11-hit shutout Wednesday night to help the Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games.
PIRATES 3, BREWERS 1: At Pittsburgh, Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pirates beat the Brewers.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, BRAVES 3: At Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles, Eric Chavez drove in three runs, and the Diamondbacks beat Tim Hudson and the Braves.
INDIANS 10, PHILLIES 4: At Philadelphia, Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back Corey Kluber, and the Indians beat the Phillies.