SEATTLE - New York Yankees starter Jaret Wright was knocked out of the game by Raul Ibanez's sixth-inning line drive, and Miguel Ojeda's first home run with Seattle sent the Mariners to a 5-1 victory Thursday.
Wright left after being hit on the right collarbone and the right side of his neck. X-rays were negative.
The right-hander stayed down on the mound for a few minutes as players rushed to his aid and then helped him to his feet. Without taking any warmups, he walked to the dugout under his own power.
Wright pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing one run and three hits.
It was his eighth start of the season, his fourth since coming off the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 15 following a shoulder injury.
After Wright came out, Tanyon Sturtze (4-3) walked Richie Sexson. Sturtze got Adrian Beltre to fly out, but Dave Hansen singled to score Ibanez from second and tie the score at 1.
That broke a streak of 19 scoreless innings by Yankees pitchers in the series. But they managed only a four-game split before heading to AL West-leading Oakland.
Ojeda, a light-hitting catcher acquired in a trade with San Diego on July 30, connected off Sturtze with one out in the seventh, his 13th major league homer. It came in his fifth game with the Mariners.
In the ninth, Ibanez singled and scored from first on Adrian Beltre's double off Ramiro Mendoza to make it 3-1. Jose Lopez added a two-run homer, his first of the season.
The Yankees began the day 21/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East and one game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the wild-card race.
New York took a 1-0 lead in the first with one out against Joel Pineiro. Hideki Matsui singled, Gary Sheffield walked and Alex Rodriguez singled to center for his 106th RBI.
In his 25th start of 2005, Pineiro pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up one run and five hits with seven strikeouts. After replacing Pineiro in the seventh, George Sherrill (3-2) struck out Matsui with a runner on first to end the inning.
Pineiro, Sherrill, J.J. Putz and Eddie Guardado combined to limit the Yankees to six hits. Seattle had eight hits off four pitchers.
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