Chien-Ming Wang pitched into the eighth inning, and Jorge Posada blasted two home runs for
Wang (17-6) allowed just one run on five hits in 7 1/3 innings of work for the Yankees, who extended their AL Wild Card lead over
Alex Rodriguez and Bobby Abreu also homered for
"It was a big game for us," said Yankees manager Joe Torre. "
Adrian Beltre hit a solo home run for the Mariners, who have dropped 10 of 11 games. Wladimir Balentien added a two-run double in his first major league at- bat.
Horacio Ramirez (8-5) surrendered four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings en route to the loss.
"Sometimes I try to force things instead of slowing down and just making a pitch," said Ramirez. "Good hitters, though, will hit good pitches and that is what happened today."
The Yankees took the early lead when Posada led off the second inning by lining a Ramirez fastball over the wall in left for his 17th homer of the season.
The Mariners threatened in the fifth when Wang temporarily lost the strike zone. The Taiwanese star issued back-to-back walks to Beltre and Ben Broussard before Kenji Johjima grounded a single to left. But, Hideki Matsui gunned down Beltre at the plate and Wang induced Jose Lopez to ground into a
The Yankees extended their lead with a three-run sixth. With one down, Rodriguez crushed his major league-leading 46th home run of the year into the upper deck in left. Posada kept things going by drawing a walk and moved up 90-feet when Matsui reached on catcher's interference. After Shelley Duncan fanned, Cano slapped an RBI single up the middle and Wilson Betemit followed with another run-scoring single off Yuniesky Betancourt's glove to make it a 4-0 game.
John Parrish entered the game at that point and punched out Doug Mientkiewicz, but Melky Cabrera and Derek Jeter capped the seven-run frame with consecutive RBI singles.
Balentien's two-run double for