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Castillo, early power send Mariners past Cole, Yankees 7-3

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NEW YORK – Castle Louis pitched with five hits in the seventh inning on his debut in Seattle, and the Mariners used a quick start to beat Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday.

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Eugenio Suarez Carlos Santana as well as Jarred Kelenick Homered vs. Cole (9-4) during Seattle’s six-run first round. Jesse Winker connected with Wanda Peralta in the seventh, helping the Mariners match their season record for homers.

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“It was just another start for Luis Castillo,” said Winker, who played with the pitcher in Cincinnati. “He did great. First start here, I’m sure he was excited and excited and he did his job.”

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Castillo (5-4) hit eight goals in 6 2/3 innings in his second start in the Bronx in less than a month. The right-hander allowed three runs and walked three.

“It was a little emotional…but it didn’t take me away from my routine,” Castillo said through a translator.

Castillo threw 109 passes, 66 strikes. He has struck out eight batters in each of his last four starts.

“I thought he was amazing,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais. “Couldn’t be more excited about what he’s going to bring to our baseball club, consistency, getting the ball every fifth day, confidence and stuff.”

The 29-year-old Castillo threw seven brilliant innings for the Cincinnati in New York on July 14. On Friday night, the Reds traded an ace to the Mariners for four prospects.

The Yankees reportedly considered Castillo but acquired a right-hander. Frankie Montaz in trade with Auckland on Monday.

“They were one of the teams that were very interested in me, but now I’m here with the Mariners and I just need to keep moving forward and now I’m here to take this team as far as I can,” Castillo said.

Castillo got help from buddies JP Crawfordhaving played a couple of impressive defensive games.

Crawford cut Isaiah Keener-Phalefa with a strong relay throw when he tried to score from the first on a double Kyle Higashioka. Crawford also speared the liner at 106.5 mph. Aaron Hicks to open fifth when offset to the right of second base.

Castillo retired 10 times in a row before taking a consecutive walk to DJ LeMahieu as well as Josh Donaldson in the sixth. But he got out of the predicament by knocking out Josh Donaldson on a slider and retiring. Andrew Benintendi on the liner up to a second.

Castillo finished seventh with 95 pitches and easily got the first two outs. He allowed a Keener-Falef single and came out after Higashioka hit a two-run homer.

Cole was booed at various points on the first when Ronald Marinaccio started to warm up. He allowed seven hits, struck out eight and walked one of six innings.

“Just a tough inning as he struggled to find his team, his rhythm, and get all his pitches,” said Yankee manager Aaron Boone. “Unfortunately we fell behind on the eighth ball and then served very well from there.”

It was the second time he allowed three homers in the first inning this season. Cole allowed three straight homers in the first and five in total for his outing during the Yankees’ 10–7 victory in Minnesota on June 9.

“There was a bad pitch choice,” Cole said. “There were a few bad pitches and we got punished for it again.”

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead when Suarez hit a first-inning slider against the left seats for his second consecutive first-half homer. Santana followed with his 10th homer, hitting a 3-1 fastball deep into right center field.

After Seattle hit homers for the second time in a row this season, Crawford singled out earlier. Kyle Lewis crossed out. Kelenich then made it 6-0, reaching a short porch straight for his first homer since returning after spending over two months in the minors.

“It was a great day for us,” Winker said.


Mariners: 1B Thai France missed the fourth game in a row due to pain in his left wrist. … Right side Ken Giles (right shoulder strain) struck out two and threw 12 pitches in a rehab appearance for Everett’s Single-A on Tuesday. … Newly acquired INF Jake Lamb will join the team on Friday.

Yankees: Montas has been placed on the death toll and will make his Yankees debut Sunday in St. Louis. … PD Zach Britton (left elbow) faced batters at the team’s spring training facility in Florida for the first time since he underwent Tommy John surgery last September.


Mariners: LHP Robbie Ray (8-8, 4.11 ERA) opens a three-game streak against the Angels on Friday in Seattle.

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) opens a three-game streak Friday in St. Louis.


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