Vargas was still pitching in the eighth, but gave up a walk to Rodriguez and a single to Robinson Cano before Seattle replaced him with Brian Sweeney. Rodriguez made a heads up base running play to get to third on a wild pitch. He scored when Jorge Posada grounded into a double play, tying the game at 1-1.
Pettitte made it through eight innings, but the game was still tied heading into the ninth. Derek Jeter walked with one out and Nick Swisher, who had an incredible night, double to right, putting runners on second and third. Mark Teixeira popped out, but Rodriguez delivered with two outs, singling to right and sending Jeter and Swisher home. Mariano Rivera came in for the bottom of the ninth to close the game and sat the Mariners hitters down in order, giving the Yankees the 3-1 win.
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-4 with three strikeouts and stranding five baserunners.
Mark Teixeira: He went 1-5 and stranded six base runners.…