SEATTLE (AP) — Phil Hughes joined teammates CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte as 11-game winners before the All-Star break, and Mark Teixeira's two home runs powered the New York Yankees to a 6-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
On the day the Yankees failed in their attempt to acquire 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee from Seattle, New York ran its season-best winning streak to seven games as its young right-hander continued to build on his stellar season.
Hughes (11-2) gave up one run in seven innings. In his last outing against Seattle on June 29, he was tagged for a season-high 10 hits and six earned runs. There was no such offensive output from the Mariners on Friday.
Teixeira hit his 16th homer in the first inning left-handed off emergency starter David Pauley (0-1), then added a line drive solo shot in the ninth from the right side.
It was the second multihomer game this season for Teixeira and the 10th time in his career he's homered from both sides of the plate. Robinson Cano had a two-out, two-run triple in the sixth that broke open a 2-0 game.
Friday was a wild day for both the Yankees and Mariners. New York spent much of the morning thinking Lee was about to become part of the most formidable starting rotation in baseball, only to see its negotiations with the Mariners fizzle and Lee become a member of the Texas Rangers.
Seattle was left with the shock of seeing the expected departure of Lee become reality and scrambling to find a starter in his place for Friday night. The Mariners dropped their fifth straight and eighth in nine games.
Headed to his first All-Star game, the 24-year-old Hughes rebounded from shaky starts in his previous two outings. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced and only once was faced with multiple runners on base. Seattle's lone run came on a pair of doubles in the sixth by Chone Figgins and Jose Lopez. By that point, the Yankees had built a 5-0 lead.
Pauley was Seattle's choice to take Lee's spot in what was to be a marquee matchup of All-Stars. He was called up from Triple-A Tacoma on June 27 despite unimpressive numbers in the minors. He had three relief appearances since joining the Mariners.
Making his first start since September 2008 with the Red Sox, Pauley did more than his part in difficult circumstances. The right-hander appeared to be on the verge of a long night getting battered when Teixeira cracked a high fastball into the right-field seats with two outs in the first.
After Alex Rodriguez followed with a single, Pauley got in a groove. He set down 13 straight batters between the first and fifth innings, a streak only broken by Brett Gardner's leadoff walk in the sixth. Derek Jeter then reached on an error when Lopez made a weak attempt at Jeter's grounder to third.
That marked the end for Pauley, who gave up just the two first-inning hits and struck out one. Chad Cordero walked Teixeira, then gave up a sacrifice fly to Rodriguez that scored Gardner. Cano kept the inning going with a drive to right-center that scored a pair, and he came home on Curtis Granderson's single.
NOTES: Seattle recalled LHP Luke French from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to add bullpen depth with Pauley suddenly starting in place of Lee. French threw three innings of relief. ... New York extended its road win streak to six games and has won 12 of 15 away from Yankee Stadium. The Yankees have the second-best road record in baseball at 27-18. ... Pauley is 0-4 in his career as a starter, with three of the losses coming against the Yankees.