Haggerty hits punch homer and M’s hang on to beat Yanks 8-6

Larry Fleisher Associated Press
Wednesday, August 3, 2022
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Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Andres Munoz (75), Carlos Santana (41) and J.P. Crawford celebrate with teammates after a baseball game against the New York Yankees Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in New York. The Mariners won 8-6. AP PHOTO

NEW YORK (AP) — Pinch-hitter Sam Haggerty opened the seventh inning with a go-ahead homer, Andrés Muñoz escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth and the Seattle Mariners hung on for a 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees on Tuesday night after blowing a four-run lead.

The switch-hitting Haggerty batted for left-handed hitting Jarred Kelenic against left-hander Lucas Luetge (3-4) and broke a 6-6 tie by lifting a 1-0 cutter into the left-field seats.

Haggerty homered two days after getting stiches above an eye, an injury sustained when he was hit by his helmet, thrown after he failed on a bunt.

“The stiches didn’t play too much of a in it,” Haggerty said. “Hitting a home run at Yankee Stadium is pretty cool, probably something every kid dreams of. I was fortunate enough to get a good pitch and put a barrel on it.”

Haggerty, who had been 0 for 10 as a pinch hitter in his big league career. connected after Josh Donaldson hit a tying two-run homer in the sixth off Logan Gilbert, Donaldson’s first homer since July 8.

“We gave him a couple of days off but Hags has a way of impacting the game in a number of different ways when he gets in there,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said.

Muñoz, throwing at up to 102.6 mph, loaded the bases with two outs after DJ LeMahieu singled, and Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo walked. Muñoz, struck out pinch-hitter Gleyber Torres on a slider for his second save.

“Tonight was a big learning experience for me,” Muñoz said through a translator.

Seattle is 5-8 since entering the All-Star break with 14 straight wins.

“That was the epitome of a team win if we’ve had one,” Servais said. “Everybody chipping in.”

Eugenio Suárez and Cal Raleigh hit early homers off Jameson Taillon, who allowed four walks — all of whom scored. Taillon gave up six runs — five earned — in 4 2/3 innings, pitching after New York traded fellow starter Jordan Montgomery to St. Louis for Gold Glove-winning center fielder Harrison Bader.

“I think we’re significantly better," Yankees manager Aaron Boone remarked, “but as I said all along, we’re better in name and paper only now. It’s on us to go prove it.”