Randy Johnson touched off an on-the-field melee when he hit Jim Leyritz with a pitch in the sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied for an 11-9 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Tino Martinez had two homers and five RBIs. His three-run shot off Bob MacDonald (0-1) in the seventh led Seattle to its first three-game sweep over New York since April 27-29, 1979. The Yankees ended a 1-8 West Coast road trip.
Martinez’s seventh homer of the season gave the Mariners their fourth win in a row and made them 4-1 since losing Ken Griffey Jr. with a broken left wrist last Friday night.
It came after Wade Boggs hit a three-run pinch homer, the first of his career, to cap a four-run rally in the seventh off Bob Wells (2-3) that put the Yankees ahead 9-7.
Bobby Ayala replaced Wells with two out in the eighth and got his eighth save. Jay Buhner gave Seattle an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth.
Yankees manager Buck Showalter was thrown out by home-plate umpire Tim Tschida, Showalter’s first ejection of the season, after both benches and the bullpens poured onto the field after Leyritz was hit. Johnson’s pitch hit Leyritz in the left wrist and bounced up to hit him in the left cheekbone.
Leyritz lay in the batter’s box writhing in pain for several minutes, but stayed in the game. When he got up, he had to be restrained by Showalter from charging to get to the 6-foot-10 Johnson, one of the hardest throwers in baseball.
No punches were thrown during the 10-minute melee, although there was plenty of shoving, angry words and pointed gestures.
Trailing 7-5 after a four-run Mariners sixth, the Yankees got a pinch single from Luis Polonia to lead off the seventh and Don Mattingly followed with a pinch double to score Polonia. After a walk to Derek Jeter, Boggs hit a 3-2 pitch for his home run.
The Mariners took a 7-5 lead in the sixth. Martinez had an RBI double, Dan Wilson doubled in two runs and Rich Amaral doubled in a run.
The Yankees struck for three runs on four hits off Johnson in the third for a 5-3 lead. Danny Tartabull had an RBI double to break an 0-for-16 slump, Dave Silvestri a sacrifice fly and Jeter drove in a run with a single.
Solo home runs by the Mariners’ Martinezes - Edgar in the third inning and Tino in the fourth - put Seattle ahead 3-2.
Third baseman Mike Blowers had an RBI single to give Seattle a 1-0 lead in the first, but the Yankees scored twice in the third.
Bernie Williams led off with a triple and Randy Velarde singled him in. Velarde scored on Gerald Williams’ fielder’s choice ground ball. The second New York run was unearned because of Blowers’ error.