M's halt 17-game skid

NEW YORK — Dustin Ackley and the rest of the Seattle Mariners had the same thought as they piled up the hits Wednesday: Don't stop.

By the time they were done, everyone was happy to talk about the No. 17.

The Mariners snapped their 17-game losing streak with a 9-2 victory over the New York Yankees, boosted by a season-high 17-hit attack that featured strong performances by Ichiro Suzuki and Ackley.

"It seemed like everything was clicking today," Ackley said. "It's a good feeling."

Felix Hernandez pitched seven innings for his third straight win in the Bronx. Suzuki had four hits and scored two runs. Ackley tripled among his three hits and drove in three runs as the Mariners did something they failed to accomplish during the skid: They turned an opponent's mistake into a big inning.

Seattle took 21 days worth of frustration out on three relievers, scoring five runs in the seventh inning — highlighted by Mike Carp's bases-loaded triple — after Robinson Cano flubbed a flip to Derek Jeter at second base for an error.

The Mariners added two more in the ninth when Adam Kennedy hit an RBI double that center fielder Curtis Granderson lost in the sun, then scored on Carp's single to give Seattle its most runs since it had nine in a win against Tampa Bay on June 5.

After a win July 5, the Mariners were 43-43 and 21/2; games back in the AL West, a pleasant early season surprise. But it all fell apart in a hurry.

The longest skid in the major leagues since Kansas City lost 19 in 2005 began with a loss at Oakland on July 6 and included four-game sweeps against division rivals, the Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers. The Mariners led in seven of the games, twice in the seventh inning, and loss No. 10 — to the Blue Jays — came in 14 innings.

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