Randy Johnson always seems to pitch well in Seattle, no matter what team he’s playing for.
The 6-foot-10 left-hander pitched for the Mariners from 1989-98, when he was dealt to Houston in midseason. He registered 130 victories, second-most in Seattle history, and compiled a 3.42 ERA while winning the AL Cy Young Award in 1995.
Since leaving the Mariners, Johnson (14-9, 4.98 ERA) has pitched well whenever he returns to the area, allowing just 11 hits in 16 scoreless innings to win his two starts as a visitor there.
Overall, he’s 3-1 with a 1.41 ERA in four career starts against Seattle, with the loss coming on July 19 at Yankee Stadium, when he allowed seven hits and two earned runs but lost 3-2.
After struggling with a high ERA all season, Johnson appears to be rounding into form as the season winds down. He’s allowed two runs apiece in two of his three outings during his winning streak.
Johnson gave up five runs and six walks in seven innings against Boston on Saturday, but was the winner in the Yankees’ 13-5 victory.
“I feel like I pitched a lot better than the numbers show,” Johnson said. “But when you’re walking guys and you give up a long ball here in Fenway, the score is going to mount up.”
New York beat Seattle 9-2 on Wednesday as Robinson Cano drove in three runs.
Cano had a two-run single in the first that set New York on its way.
“Maybe the most important inning was the first; two out, nobody on and we had some great at-bats,” Yankees manager Joe Torre said. “Posada had a great at-bat, because he fell behind 1-2 and then worked the walk.”
Seattle (57-69), which snapped an 11-game skid with Adrian Beltre’s walkoff homer Tuesday, returned to its losing ways, managing only three hits through the first six innings.
Before Wednesday’s game, the Yankees placed starter Mike Mussina on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin and released pitcher Sidney Ponson, whom they had designated for assignment on Saturday.
Jarrod Washburn (6-12, 4.43) looks to rebound from his last outing when he takes the mound for the Mariners on Thursday. Washburn allowed seven hits and six runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday.
“I thought that I threw the ball really good, they just did a good job of putting the ball in play,” Washburn said. “We’re not playing well. We got the lead and I gave it up.”
The left-hander lost 4-2 to New York on July 17 despite allowing one earned run in 6 1-3 innings. He is 3-3 with a 2.55 ERA in seven career starts against the Yankees, and hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any of those appearances.