Kevin Millwood pitched his best game of the year, limiting the Yankees to three hits and one run in seven innings of work. Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Casper Wells, back in his native state of New York with mom in attendance on Mother’s Day, also hit a two-run homer.
It was two ancient veterans, Millwood, 37 and Andy Pettitte, 40 in June, making his first start since 2010 dueling it out. Pettitte gave up four runs in six and a third, while Millwood baffled the Bronx Bombers.
Leading 4-1, the M’s brought in the bartender, Tom Wilhelmsen, to start the 8th. He gave up two singles, getting one out. Lefty specialist Lucas Luetge, who has not given up a run this season, came in to face Granderson and struck him out. Two down. Delabar came in and walked ARod to load bases. Then lefty Furbush came in to face Robinson Cano and walked him on four pitches to make it 4-2. Furbush bounced back, striking out Teixeira to end inning.
Millwood breathed a sigh of relief for the relief.
In the Mariner 9th, with bases loaded, two down, Casper Wells had infield hit that pitcher Clay Rapada fielded, but threw wildly, two runs scoring.
Nick Swisher led off Yankee 9th against Brandon League and hit one off the left field fence that Casper Wells ran down and thew Swisher out at third, trying for triple. Replay showed he may have been safe. Two fly outs to Wells ended game and Mariners escape with a 6-2 win and on to Boston.