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On a night when the Yankees ended their losing streak and Aaron Judge went home once again, it wasn’t all good news for New York.
Judge hit his 44th homer, Josh Donaldson went deep and drove in three runs, and the Yankees snapped a five-game skid by beating the Seattle Mariners 9-4 on Monday.
The Yankees pounded Seattle pitching as Donaldson doubled twice and Andrew Benintendi also had two doubles and three RBIs. But he got a bad break early on — Matt Carpenter fractured his left ankle when he was fouled by a pitch in the first inning.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s still going to make an impact on this team even with his injury,” said Yankees starter Jameson Taillon, who threw seven innings to get the win. “He’s come in here right away and impressed a lot of people. He’s not afraid to talk to pitchers. He’s not afraid to give honest feedback. He’s one of the best guys I’ve ever been around and played with, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he finds his way and makes an impact.”
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Carpenter, who was in a walking boot after the game, said there was no time frame yet for a possible return and that he would need to see a foot specialist first. Carpenter started the season hitting .307 with 15 home runs and 37 RBIs in just 127 at-bats.
“My mind is that I won’t end up here this year. I hope I can come back and contribute,” he said.
Even without Carpenter, the Yankees had enough punch to stop their longest losing streak of the season.
Donaldson and Benintendi started it as they laid siege around Logan Gilbert for seven earned runs and 10 hits — six for extra bases. That was enough for Taillon (11-2), who scattered three hits in seven innings.
After leading the Yankees in St. Louis last weekend, New York manager Aaron Boone held a team meeting before the series opener in Seattle. His message was mostly a reminder that the Bronx Bombers are the most talented team in the American League and will make this a special season following the trade deadline.
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“It was a nice little get-together pregame. We went out there with a ton of energy,” Taillon said.
Donaldson had a two-run single in his first at-bat, launched his 11th home run with two outs in the third, and Gilbert hit the first of three consecutive doubles in the fifth to end the night.
“I thought my at-bats were more consistent the last two weeks,” Donaldson said.
Benintendi’s two-out double in the third inning scored Gleyber Torres, and his double over left fielder Jesse Winker’s head in the fifth scored two runs and was the final batter for Gilbert.
Seattle’s young right-hander gave up a season high in runs and hits. Gilbert (10-5) has failed to pitch at least five innings in 23 starts this season.
“I think it’s a matter of execution. He hit some of the best pitches I’ve ever hit, and, when you leave it up the middle or get behind in the count, good hitters hit it,” Gilbert said.
Taillon gave up solo home runs to Mitch Haniger in the first and Cal Raleigh in the seventh, but avoided major damage. JP Crawford worked an 11-pitch, bases-loaded walk to plate a run in the fourth, and Raleigh followed with a long fly ball that had a home run gap but was slightly fouled.
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Otherwise, Tylon traveled. He walked three and struck out six in winning his first start since beating Boston on July 16.
Judges are connected at nine.
Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game because of an ongoing back problem. Boone said Rizzo has improved enough to return to the lineup Tuesday. Rizzo missed time in July with the same lower back problem.
Sailors: Winker left in the fifth because of back spasms. He was replaced by Jake Lamb. Seattle manager Scott Service said Winker is day-to-day. … LHP Ryan Borucci left in the middle of the ninth with a forearm strain after throwing a pitch to Benintendi. … CF Julio Rodriguez will take extra swings before Monday’s game to see where he is with his wrist injury, Servais said. Rodriguez could be activated on Wednesday or Seattle could use Thursday’s off day and bring him back on Friday. … INF/OF Dylan Moore (back strain) is expected to come off the injured list Wednesday. … LHP Matthew Boyd (elbow) threw live batting practice while recovering from elbow surgery last September. Boyd’s next step is expected to be a rehab assignment.
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Yankees: RHP Gerrit Cole (9-4, 3.56 ERA) looks to rebound from his last start in which he allowed six runs in the first inning against Seattle. Cole is 6-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mariners.
Navy: RHP Luis Castillo (5-4, 2.95) will make his first start at home since being acquired from Cincinnati. Castillo allowed three runs and struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings last week at Yankee Stadium in his first start for Seattle.