SEATTLE — Garrett Jones hasn’t played all that much this season, but made sure to take advantage of his latest chance to help the Yankees get a win.
Jones hit a go-ahead three-run home run with two outs in the 11th inning and New York beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 the night of June 2.
“It was just nice to help the team win and be in there and just deliver,” said Jones, who gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead by drilling a fastball over the fence in center “It just put a big smile on my face to see them smiling and happy. It meant a lot to help the team.”
New York needed a run in the ninth inning, too. Facing Seattle closer Fernando Rodney while trailing 2-1, Chase Headley walked and moved to third on a two-out, pinch-hit single by Brian McCann.
Stephen Drew followed with an RBI double to the game.
“Just trying to get a good pitch to hit,” said Drew, who entered the game hitting .160. “Not try to do too much. Been in these situations before. (Rodney) made a good pitch, I put a good swing on it.
“It was all around a great team win tonight. It was a lot of fun. Game was going back and forth, it was fun to be a part of.”
Justin Wilson (2-0) pitched a clean 10th for the win and Andrew Miller gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano before striking out Nelson Cruz with two on base for his 16th save.
Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) allowed two-out hits to Drew and Brett Gardner before making way to Joe Beimel in the 11th. Jones greeted Beimel with his second home run of the season.
Mike Montgomery was in line to earn the win in his MLB debut after leaving following six innings of work. The Mariners’ left-hander allowed one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings.
“It was definitely a lot of nerves going in,” Montgomery said. “By the third or fourth inning, I kind of settled in a bit and started to feel more comfortable out there.”
Austin Jackson reached base safely in all six plate appearances and his RBI double gave the Mariners a 2-1 lead in the sixth. The double also chased CC Sabathia from the game. The New York starter allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings.