SEATTLE -- The New York Yankees made quick work of the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, scoring six runs in the third inning and breezing to a 6-1 victory at Safeco Field.
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes turned in one of his two best outings of the season, pitching seven-plus innings of three-hit ball. The only run he permitted came after he exited the game. Hughes (3-4) gave up a leadoff walk in the eighth, then watched from the dugout as Brendan Ryan scored on a Kyle Seager double off reliever Boone Logan.
Hughes threw 111 pitches before turning the game over to the bullpen with a 6-0 lead. He struck out seven while walking two.
Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run to right field with one out in the third inning, and Mark Teixeira hit a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right-center on the next at-bat. The Yankees added four more consecutive hits in the rally, and they chased Seattle starter Aaron Harang (2-6) after 2 1/3 innings.
Harang ended up giving up hits to seven consecutive batters in the third, and to eight of the nine batters he faced in that inning. After an Ichiro Suzuki single to left field scored Kevin Youkilis for a 6-0 lead, Harang was replaced by Blake Beavan.
Beavan, who was called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day to add a fresh arm to the Mariners' bullpen, went on to retire 14 consecutive batters before Travis Hafner led off the eighth with a single.
Beavan ended up pitching the final 6 2/3 innings while allowing just a single hit. He bailed out a bullpen that used seven pitchers in a 16-inning game the previous day. He had been starting in Triple-A, where he threw 5 2/3 innings in his last outing six days earlier before having his Wednesday night start scratched because of the Mariners' 16-inning game that afternoon.
Seattle (27-34) never really threatened after the six-run third, as Hughes kept the Mariners' bats at bay for most of the night. Seager's eighth-inning double put runners on second and third with one out, but Logan pitched his way out of that jam with back-to-back strikeouts.
Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless ninth for New York.
The Yankees (35-25) have now won four consecutive games, while Seattle suffered its second consecutive loss.
NOTES: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game that 3B Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) is ahead of SS Derek Jeter (ankle surgery) in terms of the recovery timetable. Rodriguez has been taking batting practice and doing some light running as he rehabs from offseason surgery. Girardi gave no target date for either player's return but said that Rodriguez is likely to be back sometime after the All-Star break. ... The Mariners optioned RHP Hector Noesi to Tacoma to clear a spot for Beavan. ... Harang has now faced every team in the league during his 11-year career. The 35-year-old right-hander had never faced the Yankees before Thursday's game. ... Harang's first-inning strikeout of Teixeira was the 1,500th of the pitcher's career. ... The Mariners selected University of New Mexico 3B DJ Peterson with the 12th overall pick in the draft. ... The Yankees had three first-round picks Thursday, selecting Notre Dame 3B Eric Jagielo at No. 26, Fresno State OF Aaron Judge at No. 32 and LHP Ian Clarkin out of Madison High School in San Diego with the 33rd and final pick of Round 1.