SEATTLE (AP) - One poor stretch by Hiroki Kuroda was all it took with the New York Yankees suddenly unable to score in more than one inning.
Brendan Ryan and Jason Bay both hit two-out, two-run singles in Seattle's four-run fourth inning against Kuroda, and the Yankees were shutout after the first in a 4-1 loss to the Mariners on Friday night.
Jeremy Bonderman pitched six sharp innings to win for the first time since 2010. The Yankees have scored in only two of 18 innings to open the four-game series in Seattle. New York scored all six runs in the third inning on Thursday night then was held silent after the first on Friday.
``It seemed like every pitch was doing something different. His fastball was either sinking or when I thought it would sink it rode in on me,' Yankees' catcher Chris Stewart said. ``He knows how to pitch. He's been there before. We didn't take him for granted.'
All of Seattle's offense came in one stretch of the fourth inning when six straight batters reached base, capped by the clutch hits from Ryan and Bay off Kuroda. Seattle entered the night hitting .221 with runners in scoring position, but capitalized on the few chances they got.
Kuroda lost for the third time in four starts, despite pitching into the seventh. He gave up eight hits and allowed at least one baserunner in six of seven innings. Kuroda has allowed eight hits in each of his last three losses.
``I was not able to locate my slider in that inning. I got too reserved,' Kuroda said through an interpreter. ``As a result, I tried to protect that one run lead, but it did not end up to be that way.'
Seattle's rally against Kuroda (6-5) came with two outs and the bases empty. Michael Morse doubled, but it was the consecutive walks to Nick Franklin and Kelly Shoppach that hurt Kuroda. Ryan hit a liner into right field that fell in front of Ichiro Suzuki to score Morse and Franklin. Endy Chavez followed with a roller back up the middle that hit second base and Reid Brignac behind the bag couldn't handle the deflection. Bay then lined a single into left to score Shoppach and Ryan, and cap the Mariners big inning.
``He just lost the feel for all his pitches,' Stewart said. ``He started yanking his slider and didn't really know where his fastball was going to go. It was a matter of him not being able to find his pitch and throw strikes.'
Kuroda got very little help from the Yankees offense.
Bonderman (1-1) appeared on his way to an early exit, needing 50 pitches to labor through the first two innings. He got out of the first allowing just one run on Travis Hafner's RBI ground out and was helped in the second by Vernon Wells' baserunning mistake when he was picked off second after reaching on an error.
From there, Bonderman flashed back to his best days in Detroit. He retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced with perfect innings in the third, fourth and sixth. The only baserunner Bonderman allowed after the second was Brignac, who reached on a single in the fifth.
Bonderman was done after the sixth inning, giving up just three hits and striking out two. He threw 47 pitches over his final four innings. It was a satisfying rebound after Bonderman gave up three home runs and seven earned runs in his first start for Seattle in Minnesota last Sunday.
New York manager Joe Girardi realized their chance to get at Bonderman was early.
`The first couple of innings he had trouble throwing strikes. You can see he had some long counts. But then he seemed to really find the strike zone,' Girardi said. ``We gave him a bit of a breather and got him through and then he got on a roll.'
Yoervis Medina pitched the seventh and first two outs of the eighth before walking Brett Gardner. Seattle's Charlie Furbush entered and struck out Robinson Cano looked on a 3-2 pitch. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up just his second hit to a right-handed batter when Kevin Youkilis lined a two-out double in the ninth, but finished off his 15th save.
NOTES: New York closer Mariano Rivera continued his farewell tour on Friday by meeting with high school and college students participating in the Mariners ``Fielders Group' program that gives training for youth interested in a career in sports. Rivera spoke with the group of 11 students for about 30 minutes and was late getting out to batting practice. ... Yankees RHP Michael Pineda will begin a rehab assignment at Class-A Tampa on Saturday. Pineda was acquired from Seattle before the 2012 season, but has yet to pitch for the Yankees due to injury. ... Seattle's Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the seventh.
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