Recently acquired pitcher Sonny Gray threw seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball while striking out nine batters en route to leading the New York Yankees to a 6-3 win in the Bronx over the Seattle Mariners Saturday afternoon.

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Only backup backstop Carlos Ruiz was able to touch up Gray when he hit his second home run of the season in the third inning to tie the game.

The big blow came in the fourth frame when Jacoby Ellsbury tagged M's starter Yovani Gallardo with a three-run bomb. The Yanks tacked on two more tallies in the seventh to make it 6-1.

Seattle rallied for two in the top of the eighth but stranded two runners when former Yankees star Robinson Cano grounded out to end the threat.

Seattle wasted a golden opportunity to leapfrog in to the second wild card playoff slot as the Minnesota Twins were beaten earlier in the day by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners remain a half game back of Minnesota and four behind the Yankees in the wild card standings. The same two teams face each other tomorrow in a 10:00 a.m. rubber match.