The first game back after the All-Star Game was, in a way, a microcosm of the Yankees' season so far. Take a lead, get pegged back, take a lead, fall behind, comeback and then win the game thanks to a good thing Alex Rodriguez did. Masahiro Tanaka pitched a decent enough game, and the offense was able to support him just enough to get the Yankees over the line with a 4-3 win over the Mariners.
After Tanaka got himself out of a jam in the top of the second, the Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the second. Chris Young took a Mike Montgomery pitch over the left field wall to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
The lead wouldn't last long, however. With one out in the top of the third, Kyle Seager answered back with a solo home run of his own. That tied the game at one.
Two innings later, Young would again be in the middle of the action as the Yankees retook the lead. Young led off the fourth with a double off the left field wall, narrowly missing another home run. He would come around to score when Chase Headley singled. That made it 2-1 Yankees.
But yet again, the lead wouldn't last long. With two outs and a man on in the bottom of the fourth, Seager hit yet another home run. This one was a two-run shot and it put the Mariners ahead 3-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, it was the Yankees who would strike back quickly after falling behind. Rodriguez led off the inning with a single, followed by a Mark Teixeira walk. Brian McCann then added another single, scoring Rodriguez and tying the game once again.
And two innings later, the game seesawed back in favor of the Yankees. Rodriguez hit a solo home run, putting the Yankees back in front.
With the Yankees in front going into the eighth, it was Dellin Betances time. His first appearance after the All-Star Game went like most of his previous appearances: a 1-2-3 innings with multiple strikeouts.
After the Yankees couldn't add to their lead, Andrew Miller was sent in to pitch the ninth. Miller got the first two outs before Mark Trumbo kept the game alive with a single. The Mariners sent up Jesus Montero up as a pinch-hitter. The narrative was there for Montero to write. Could he possibly come up with a big hit against his former team? No. Miller struck him out on three pitches and the Yankees won 4-3.
The series between the Yankees and the Mariners will continue tomorrow at 1:05 eastern. Tomorrow's starting pitchers will be Michael Pineda and Hisashi Iwakuma.