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Mariners bats resurface to end 17-game losing streak

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Seattle Mariners rejoiced the end of their 17-game losing streak after they rediscovered how to score runs in a stylish 9-2 triumph over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.

Seattle's first win since July 5 was also their biggest of the season as they put three weeks of woe behind them.

"It means everything right now," Mariners manager Eric Wedge told reporters. "When you've got a monkey on your back that size, it's damn hard to get it off."

Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez (9-9) helped rescue his slumping team with seven solid innings that gave up just one run, and the Mariners offense exploded with a season-high 17 hits as they halted their slide toward an unenviable record.

Having already surpassed their previous longest winless drought of 14 set in 1992, Seattle ended their flirtation with the Baltimore Orioles' American League-record 21-game losing streak to start the 1988 season.

The modern Major League record for successive losses is 23, set by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1961.

Seattle finally freed themselves of such concerns by scoring five runs in the seventh inning to pull away from the Yankees with a 7-1 lead.

Mike Carp belted the big blow of the inning with a bases-clearing triple on his way to four hits and four RBIs. Ichiro Suzuki also had four hits and Dustin Ackley went 3-for-5 with three RBIs.

The Mariners added two more runs in the ninth and reliever Brandon League got the final three outs to seal the win.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)