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SEA@NYY: Carp hammers a solo homer to right-center

NEW YORK -- Mariners left fielder Mike Carp did his part Saturday with a home run -- and a near-miss of a second -- but the Yankees spoiled Hector Noesi's return to the Bronx with a 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Carp accounted for all of Seattle's scoring with his solo shot in the seventh inning and an RBI double in the ninth that originally was ruled a two-run home run until the umpires reviewed the film and ruled it a two-base hit off the top edge of the right-field wall.

"For a second I thought it went out, and I was excited when the umpires signaled," said Carp. "But after watching the tape, not enough juice. One more inch. It hit right on the corner. I'll do an extra pushup tomorrow."

Noesi continued his inconsistent season with one rough inning spoiling his first outing against his former team. Noesi, obtained by the Mariners as part of the four-player trade featuring Jesus Montero for Michael Pineda, allowed just six hits in his seven-inning stint.

But four of those were extra-base knocks during a four-run second, and he wound up surrendering five runs in falling to 2-4 with a 6.32 ERA.

The right-hander has been brilliant in his two wins this season, with a 0.60 ERA (one run in 15 innings) against the A's and Twins. But against better-hitting clubs, he's been unable to show the same success and is 0-4 with a 10.23 ERA in his other five outings.

"This kid is going to be a heck of a pitcher, and it's been good to watch him learn each and every time he goes out there," said Seattle manager Eric Wedge. "He had good stuff and I thought he really pitched well, but he just made a couple mistakes in that second inning. He didn't bury pitches with two strikes like you saw him doing later in the game."

Yankees left fielder Raul Ibanez continued terrorizing his former Mariners team with a 2-for-3 day, including a home run, double and two RBIs. Ibanez's three-run blast on Friday helped beat Felix Hernandez in a 6-2 win, and he now has seven home runs and 21 RBIs for the season.

"He's a professional hitter," said Wedge. "On that 3-2 count with the home run, he just sold out and was all in on a fastball. And he got a fastball up and didn't miss it. That's what professional hitters do, and he's a good one."

The Yankees jumped on Noesi with three doubles and then a two-run home run by backup shortstop Jayson Nix in the four-run second, all coming with two outs. The three doubles were on two-strike counts.

"Those are the runs that kill teams," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Those are the runs that are big for you and hurt other teams, and we got them today."

"We had two strikes to just about everybody in that second inning, and they wound up with three doubles and a home run," Seattle catcher John Jaso said. "That's four runs they don't get if we execute."

Nix was batting ninth and lugging an 0-for-20 streak dating back to last year when he hit his two-run home run.

The Mariners did little to counter Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes, who gave up just three singles and a walk in the first six innings before Carp went deep to right-center field.

Wedge said Carp is still getting his timing down after spending a month on the disabled list with a sprained shoulder. His 2-for-4 day raised his average to .167.

"I've been seeing the ball good all along. It just takes time," Carp said. "You're going to have your good days and your bad days. And today was a good day. Hopefully we've get a lot more of those coming and I get into a rhythm."

Dustin Ackley went 2-for-4 for the Mariners, and his eighth-inning infield single, followed by a Jaso bloop base hit, finally chased Hughes. But Boone Logan came on to strike out Ichiro Suzuki to end that threat.

After Carp's near-home run turned into an RBI double that cut the lead to 6-2 with one out in the ninth, Logan then struck out Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders to finish things off.

Seattle (15-20) has now lost eight straight on the road and will seek to avoid a sweep at Yankee Stadium on Sunday in a 10:05 a.m. PT game.

Ichiro had one hit, moving him into a tie for 99th on the Major League's all-time list with Frank Thomas at 2,468.

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