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

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning in his Seattle debut and the Mariners used a fast start to beat Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday.

Eugenio Suárez, Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic homered for Cole (9-4) during Seattle’s first six-game hitting streak. Jesse Winker connected on Wandy Peralta in the seventh, helping the Mariners match their season high for the homers.

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

Castillo, 29, pitched seven sparkling innings for Cincinnati in New York on July 14. The Reds traded the ace to the Mariners on Friday night for four prospects.

Castillo got some help from JP Crawford, who made a pair of impressive defensive plays.

Crawford cut down Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a strong relay throw when he tried to score from first on a double by Kyle Higashioka. Crawford also used a 106.5 mph liner from Aaron Hicks to open the fifth while shifting to the right of second base.

Castillo retired 10 straight before issuing back-to-back walks to DJ LeMahieu and Josh Donaldson in the sixth. But he got out of the tag by hitting Josh Donaldson with a slider and retiring Andrew Benintendi on a liner to second.

Castillo reached the 95-pitch seventh and easily got the first two outs. He allowed a single to Kiner-Falefa and left after Higashioka hit a two-run homer.

Cole was booed at various points in the first as Ronald Marinaccio began warming up. He allowed seven hits, struck out eight and walked one in six innings.

The Mariners took a 3-0 lead when Suárez hit a first-pitch slider into the seats in left for his second straight homer in the first inning. Santana followed with his 10th homer, driving a 3-1 fastball deep into right-center.

After Seattle hit the homers for the second time this season, Crawford singled before Kyle Lewis struck out. Kelenic then made it 6-0 by reaching the short porch for his first homer since returning from two months in the minors.


Mariners: 1B Ty France missed a fourth straight game with left wrist soreness. … RHP Ken Giles (right shoulder tightness) struck out two and threw 12 pitches in a rehab appearance for Single-A Everett on Tuesday. … Newly acquired INF Jake Lamb will join the team on Friday.

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas was placed on the bereavement list and will make his Yankees debut Sunday in St. Louis. Louis. … LHP Zack Britton (left elbow) took a hit at the team’s spring training camp in Florida for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last September.


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

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


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