NEW YORK — A night after scoring 10 runs, the Mariners were on the verge of being shut out and held to one hit. Instead, a ninth-inning home run gave them a run and another hit.
But for eight innings, the offense was nonexistent in a 3-1 loss to the Yankees.
Beyond the game result, the Mariners may have suffered a greater loss.
Dee Gordon exited the game in the third inning after getting hit by a pitch and it appears he’s headed to the 10-day injured list.
A 90 mph fastball from lefty J.A. Happ rode up and in on Gordon in his second plate appearance of the game. As Gordon tried to avoid the pitch, it struck him cleanly on his right wrist, sending him stumbling out of the box in obvious pain.
Gordon started to walk toward first base as athletic trainer Matt Toth and manager Scott Servais both came on the field. He kept walking away until Servais finally grabbed him. Toth checked Gordon’s wrist for a handful of minutes with Servais watching. Then they told Gordon his night was finished.
Dylan Moore replaced Gordon in the game at second base. But the Mariners will need to bring up a replacement. In Tacoma, shortstop J.P. Crawford was removed from the starting lineup just before game time. The assumption is that Crawford will be called up to play shortstop with Tim Beckham moving to second base.
Mike Leake delivered an outstanding performance only to take the loss. He pitched seven innings, allowing just one run on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts. The Yankees only had four balls in play with exit velocities of more than 100 mph. They were all outs. The hardest was Gary Sanchez’s line drive in the third inning that came off the bat at 112.6 mph and was gloved by Braden Bishop in center field.
Leake’s only run allowed came in the second inning. Clint Frazier led of with a crisp line drive to center for a single. Leake appeared to get a possible double play ground ball off the bat of Gleyber Torres, but Ryon Healy mishandled it at third base and didn’t get an out on the play. After retiring the next two batters without letting the runners advance, Leake gave up a broken bat liner to shallow right field off former teammate Cam Maybin. The ball landed just inside the right field line and went for an RBI double.
From there, Leake allowed just three more hits and only one runner to reach second base.
But he was rewarded with zero runs of support by his teammates.
Happ didn’t allow a hit for the first four innings, though he walked two batters and hit Gordon. His only hit allowed came in the fifth inning when Tom Murphy singled through the left side.
With Happ’s pitch count at 94 after five innings, Yankees manager Aaron Boone went to his formidable bullpen that’s still missing Dellin Betances.
Boone went inning by inning, sending out a new arm for each — Adam Ottavino in the sixith, Tommy Kahnle in the seventh, Zack Britton in the eighth and closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth.
The Mariners’ only scoring threat came against Kahnle. After drawing a leadoff walk, Moore stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. But with one out, Kahnle pitched around Edwin Encarnacion and walked him and then got Domingo Santana ground into an inning-ending double play.
The Yankees added two insurance runs in the eighth off Mariners’ reliever Connor Sadzeck, who gave up a two-out, two-run single to Gio Urshela.
Santana provided the only run of the night for Seattle, hammering his eighth homer of the season off Chapman in the ninth to cut the lead to 3-1.