Phil Hughes threw a solid seven innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out five. The offense broke out for four runs in the top of the sixth as the Yankees defeated the Mariners, 6-1.

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Initial Reaction:

The Yanks ran their season-best winning streak to seven games as Hughes continued to build on his stellar season. With the victory today, Hughes joined CC Sabathia and Andy Pettitte as 11-game winners before the All-Star break. Headed to his first All-Star game of hopefully many more to come, the 24-year-old Hughes rebounded masterfully from two straight shaky starts. He threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 27 batters he faced, and was just once faced with multiple runners on base. By the time Hughes allowed a run in the sixth, the Yankees had built a 5-0 lead.

After Mark Teixeira’s solo shot in the first, 13 straight batters were retired by spot starter David Pauley. Brett Gardner’s leadoff walk got things going in the sixth. Derek Jeter then reached on an error and Teixeira walked, which was followed by an Alex Rodriguez sacrifice fly. Robinson Cano kept the inning going with a drive to right-center that scored two, and Cano came home on a single off the bat of Curtis Granderson.

Friday was a wild day for both clubs. The Yankees and their fans spent much of the morning thinking Cliff Lee was going to be acquired, forming the most formidable rotation in baseball – only to see negotiations with the Mariners deteriorate and Lee become a member of the Texas Rangers.

Positives From The Game:

The Yankees had 5 two-out RBI: both of Teixeira’s solo home runs; Cano’s two-run liner to right-center in the sixth and Granderson’s one-run single in the next at bat. Great hitting with two outs.

Hughes was outstanding once again – 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Good pitching and timely hitting – it usually takes at least one to win. The Yanks had both.

Interesting Facts:

Mark Teixeira has reached base in 30 consecutive games.

The Yankees have won six straight road games, and have won 12 of their last 15 away from Yankee Stadium.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees hand the ball to Javier Vazquez, looking to win their third game in the four-game set in Seattle.

Saturday, 10:10, YES: Javier Vazquez (7-7, 4.81 ERA) vs. Felix Hernandez (6-5, 3.01 ERA)