Castillo pitches into 7th as Mariners beat Cole, Yankees 7-3

Luis Castillo threw a five-hit ball into the seventh inning on his Seattle debut, and the Mariners used a quick start to beat Gerrit Cole and the Yankees 7-3.

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

Eugenio suarezCarlos Santa Claus and Jared Kelenic homered against Cole (9-4) during Seattle’s six-run first. Jesse Winker faced Wandy Peralta in the seventh, helping the Mariners hit their season-high for home runs.

“It was just another start from Luis Castillo,” said Winker, who played with the pitcher in Cincinnati. “He did great. Start here first, I’m sure he was ecstatic and excited and did his thing.”

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

“It was a little emotional … but that didn’t distract me from my routine,” Castillo said through a translator.

Castillo threw 109 pitches, 66 for strikes. He has batted eight batters in each of his last four starts.

“I thought he was great,” said Seattle coach Scott Servais. “Couldn’t be more excited about what he’s going to bring to our ball club, the stability, taking the ball every fifth day and the confidence and stuff.”

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

The Yankees were reportedly in the mix for Castillo, but they acquired right-hander Frankie Montas in a trade with Oakland on Monday.

“They were one of the teams that were very interested in me, but I’m here with the Mariners now and I just have to keep going and now I’m here to take this team as far as possible,” Castillo said.

Castillo got some help from shortstop JP Crawford, who made two impressive defensive plays.

Crawford defeated Isiah Kiner-Falefa with a strong relay shot as he tried to score from the start with a double from Kyle Higashioka. Crawford also speared a 106.5 mph liner from Aaron Hicks to open fifth while being pushed to the right of second base.

Castillo was eliminated 10 straight times before giving out straight walks to DJ LeMahieu and Josh Donaldson for the sixth straight run. But he got out of the jam by beating Josh Donaldson on a slider and pulling Andrew Benintendi back to second on a liner.

Castillo ranked seventh with 95 pitches and easily picked up the first two outs. He allowed a single to Kiner-Falefa and was eliminated after Higashioka hit a two-run homer.

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

“Just a tough inning where he struggled to find his command and rhythm and get all his pitches,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Unfortunately we are behind the eight there and then pitched really well.”

It was the second time he had allowed three homers in the first inning this season. Cole allowed three straight home runs in the first and five overall in the Yankees’ 10-7 win in Minnesota on June 9.

“There were bad pitch selections,” said Cole. “There were some bad pitches and we got penalized again.”

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

After Seattle hit consecutive home runs for the second time this season, Crawford scored before Kyle Lewis busted. Kelenic then made it 6-0 by reaching the short porch right for his first homer since returning from over two months in the minors.

“It was a great day for us,” said Winker.


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

Yankees: Montas has been placed on the bereavement list and will make his Yankees debut Sunday in St. Louis. … LHP Zack Britton (left elbow) faced batsmen at the team’s spring training complex in Florida for the first time since his surgery by Tommy John last September.


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

Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes (9-3, 2.53 ERA) opens a three-game series Friday in St. Louis. Castillo pitches into 7th as Mariners beat Cole, Yankees 7-3

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