Mariners rout Yankees, 10-2
NEW YORK If a showdown with the three-time defending World Series champions was a test, record-chasing Seattle passed easily.
Seattle's Mike Cameron tied a club record by driving in eight runs yesterday against the New York Yankees.
After being shut out in the opener of the three-game series between baseball's two best teams, the Mariners broke out for 17 runs to win the final two games.
"It's a good series for us," Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. "I don't look at it as anything else but that. A lot of things can happen between now and October. I'm just pleased to come here and win two out of three."
Cameron quieted the sellout crowd with a three-run homer in the first inning against Andy Pettitte, and sent many of the disappointed fans home early with his second career grand slam, in the seventh off Jay Witasick.
"I don't think I ever had a day like that in Little League," Cameron said. "To do it at Yankee Stadium is very special."
Seattle remained undefeated (17-0-4) in 21 road series this year. The Mariners are on pace for 116 wins, which would match the major league record set by the Chicago Cubs in 1906.
"I don't think we needed to prove anything," Seattle's Bret Boone said. "We've proven it all year."
Cameron, who went 4-for-4, also had an RBI single in the fifth inning, tying the club record for RBIs set by Alvin Davis in 1986 and matched by Mike Blowers in 1995.
He tied the major league season high for RBIs set by Oakland's Miguel Tejada on June 30 at Texas.