The Yankees bullpen put together a needed shutdown effort, and New York looked more like the team that showed so much early-season promise.
New York won a series for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chapman struck out Ben Gamel with a runner on to preserve a 6-4 victory over Seattle on Sunday, their third win in four games against the Mariners this weekend.
The Yankees had been 0-8-2 in series since sweeping Baltimore on June 9-11. New York had lost 13 straight games with a chance to win a series.
Despite those struggles, New York is 2 1/2 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the AL East lead.
"We really had a hard time," manager Joe Girardi...