Cervelli clubs first grand slam, Yanks beat RangersMay 9, 2011 - 12:06 AM
Derek Jeter clubbed his first two home runs of the season and added an RBI single among a four-hit performance for New York. Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira also homered for the Yankees, who finished their road trip with a 3-4 record.
New York starter CC Sabathia (3-2) was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- on five hits and four walks in six-plus innings.
Mike Napoli drove in two runs for Texas, which has dropped six of its last eight games.
Dave Bush, starting in place of Rangers right-hander Alexi Ogando after the latter was scratched due to a recurring blister problem, allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits over four-plus innings.
"Bush went out there and gave us everything he had. He just ran out of gas, but we were still in the ball game," said Texas manager Ron Washington.
Jeter and Granderson hit back-to-back home runs off Arthur Rhodes (1-2) to begin the seventh, giving New York a 6-4 lead.
Joba Chamberlain replaced Sabathia after Elvis Andrus led off the bottom of the inning with a single. Andrus then stole second and took third on a wild pitch before scoring an infield single by Adrian Beltre. Chamberlain preserved the one-run lead by retiring the next two batters.
The Yankees blew the game open in the eighth against Cody Eppley, who promptly loaded the bases with no outs on three consecutive singles. Cervelli then deposited a 3-2 pitch over the center-field wall for his second career home run.
"I'm so happy. It's for my mom," Cervelli said about hitting a grand slam on Mother's Day.
Granderson drew a one-out walk and Teixeira followed with a two-run blast to right-center for a 12-5 New York lead.
Texas struck first, pushing three runs home in its first turn at the plate.
Ian Kinsler reached on a throwing error by New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez to begin the first and consecutive one-out walks by Michael Young and Beltre loaded the bases for Napoli, who grounded a two-run single to left. A charging Brett Gardner misplayed the ball, putting runners on second and third. The bobble proved costly as Beltre scored on a David Murphy sacrifice fly.
Andrus singled home Craig Gentry in the second, extending the Rangers lead to 4-0.
New York got two runs back in the third on consecutive RBI singles by Jeter and Granderson.
Jeter led off the fifth with his first home run since last August 24. It also signaled the end for Bush, who was replaced by Ryan Tucker. Granderson greeted the reliever with a single, advanced to third on a Teixeira double and scored the tying run when Rodriguez grounded out.
Jeter's first-inning single moved him into 30th on the all-time hits list at 2,957...Jeter's last two-homer game came last June 12 against the Astros...The Yankees were 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position...Gardner and Andrus both had three hits...Texas stranded nine men on base...The Rangers haven't won a series since sweeping Kansas City from April 22-24.
- NEW YORK: 12
May 8 5:44 PM
- Mark Lowe enters the game for the Rangers with none on and one out.
Yankees 12, Rangers 5 Top 8, 1 OutMay 8 5:10 PM
- Francisco Cervelli none-out, Grand Slam (1) to center scored Nick Swisher, Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner. Derek Jeter due up.
Yankees 10, Rangers 5 Top 8, 0 OutsMay 8 5:04 PM
- Adrian Beltre single to third scored Elvis Andrus with one out. Runner on first and Mike Napoli due up.
Yankees 6, Rangers 5 Bot 7, 1 OutMay 8 4:47 PM
- Curtis Granderson lead-off Home Run (11) to right. Mark Teixeira due up.
Yankees 6, Rangers 4 Top 7, 0 OutsMay 8 4:27 PM
- Alex Rodriguez ground out short to first scored Curtis Granderson with one out. Runner on second and Robinson Cano due up.
Yankees 4, Rangers 4 Top 5, 1 OutMay 8 3:49 PM
- Derek Jeter lead-off Home Run (1) to right center. Curtis Granderson due up.
Yankees 3, Rangers 4 Top 5, 0 OutsMay 8 3:42 PM
- Curtis Granderson single to right scored Francisco Cervelli with none out. On the play, Derek Jeter advanced to second. Runners on first and second with Mark Teixeira due up.
Yankees 2, Rangers 4 Top 3, 0 OutsMay 8 3:05 PM
- Derek Jeter single to right scored Brett Gardner with none out. On the play, Francisco Cervelli advanced to third. Runners on first and third with Curtis Granderson due up.
Yankees 1, Rangers 4 Top 3, 0 OutsMay 8 3:03 PM
- Elvis Andrus single to right scored Craig Gentry with two out. Runner on first and Michael Young due up.
Yankees 0, Rangers 4 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 8 2:52 PM
- David Murphy sacrifice fly to left scored Adrian Beltre with two out. On the play, Mike Napoli advanced to third. Runner on third and Yorvit Torrealba due up.
Yankees 0, Rangers 3 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 8 2:33 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 8 2:08 PM
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