NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Gallo hit his first homer as a Yankee, a go-ahead, three-run blast in the seventh inning on Thursday night, and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3.
Gallo, who entered 2-for-23 in six games since the Yankees acquired him from the Texas Rangers, lofted a 1-0 slider from Paul Sewald (6-3) just over the short porch in right field. He watched it stay inside the foul pole before completing his trot around the bases.
Gallo, who also doubled twice, waved from the dugout to the adoring crowd, which continued to chant his name as he jogged out to left field for the eighth.
Gallo's 26th homer this season helped the Yankees win for the sixth time in seven games and move a season-high 10 games over .500. Both New York and Seattle are chasing the AL wild-card spots currently held by Boston and Oakland.
Chad Green (5-5) worked two innings in relief of starter Nestor Cortes. Zack Britton pitched the eighth and Aroldis Chapman allowed two baserunners in the ninth before retiring Mitch Haniger on a flyball to the warning track in left field for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Rookie Jarred Kelenic homered in the seventh inning off Green, giving Seattle a 3-2 lead. In the fourth, Haniger had a sacrifice fly and Kyle Seager homered for the Mariners.
New York left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. allowed two runs in five innings in his fourth start this season. He ended his night by retiring Seager on a grounder into the shift with two on.
Seattle's Tyler Anderson also gave up two runs in five innings.
Anthony Rizzo went 0-for-4 with three flyouts, ending his streak of six games with at least one RBI. Rizzo was the fourth player to drive in a run in each of his first six games with a new team and the first since Bobby Murcer in his first seven games for the Chicago Cubs in 1977.
Yankees: OF Clint Frazier (vertigo) took seven at-bats at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Frazier also took defensive drills and ran the bases. ... RHP Corey Kluber (strained right shoulder) threw a bullpen session and will face hitters Saturday. ... LHP Wandy Peralta was reinstated from the COVID-19 list after being out since July 15.
LHP Marco Gonzales (3-5, 5.15 ERA) starts for Seattle on Friday. The Yankees have not announced a starter and a bullpen game is possible.
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Larry Fleisher, The Associated Press