Andy Pettitte came into Saturday afternoon's start against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field looking for career win no. 250. In his third attempt to get the milestone, the 40-year-old turned in an outstanding performance; tossing 7.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits, walking none and striking out six. When Joe Girardi took Pettitte out in the eighth inning, he left to a big ovation from the crowd at Safeco, appreciating the solid pitching performance they just saw. The final score was 3-1, the New York Yankees prevailing.
In the top of the first inning, Robinson Cano's RBI single gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead against Mariners lefty veteran Joe Saunders. In the bottom of the fourth inning, shortstop Jayson Nix botched a 6-6-3 double play, which lead to Michael Morse hit a sac fly to center field that tied the game at 1-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, Nix redeemed himself by hitting an RBI single that gave the Yankees the lead back at 2-1. In the top of the seventh inning, Nix again hit an RBI single that put the Yankees up 3-1.S
Saunders went 6.1 innings against the Yankees, allowing three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four before Eric Wedge turned the game over to the bullpen.
Mariano Rivera came into the bottom of the ninth inning and closed out the game to preserve the win, as the Yankees win the game 3-1. The save was Rivera's 22nd of the season.
Pettitte earns his 250th win on his third try, as he is just the 47th career pitcher in history to win 250 games. The 40-year-old improves to 5-3 on the season.
On Sunday, the two teams will close out the series as David Phelps (4-3, 4.15 ERA) will take on Mariners ace Felix Hernandez (7-4, 2.58 ERA.)
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