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Yankees win in 12th, sweep Rangers

Jun 16, 2011 - 11:54 PM Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Brett Gardner singled in Curtis Granderson with the winning run in the 12th inning, as the New York Yankees took a 3-2 triumph over the Texas Rangers to sweep a three-game set.

In the 12th with Michael Kirkman (1-1) on the mound, Granderson led off with a single to right and Robinson Cano was later hit in the hand by a pitch. Gardner then dropped a single into right field with one out and Granderson scored without a play at the plate.

"The pitch wasn't where I wanted it, but it was still in a good location," Kirkman said. "It broke his bat and just scooted through the infield, a seeing-eye single. That won the ball game for them."

Gardner made a winner of Cory Wade (1-0), who threw two perfect innings for the Yankees, winners in six of their last seven games.

Granderson finished the game 3-for-5 with a run scored, Cano was 2-for-4 with two runs scored while Jorge Posada and Russell Martin each drove in a run in the win.

Brian Gordon was called up prior to the game by New York to make the first start of his career. He went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with two runs on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Gordon had appeared in three games as a reliever for Texas in 2008, but the rest of his 15 professional careers have been spent in the minors with five different organizations.

"There's been a lot of highs in my career, there's been a lot of lows," Gordon said. "This has got to be at the top of all the highs. This is a very special day, for myself and my family."

Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have dropped their past five games. C.J. Wilson went eight innings in the start and gave up just two runs on seven hits along with three walks and 10 strikeouts.

The second inning saw the Yanks take the lead. Cano led off with a single and Andruw Jones followed with a walk. After Posada hit into a double play, Martin singled to center to score Cano for a 1-0 lead.

New York had runners on second and third with one out in the third, but Wilson struck out Cano and Jones to end the frame.

After stranding men on first and third in the fourth, the Rangers took the lead in the fifth. Taylor Teagarden led off with a walk and Endy Chavez followed with a single. A Kinsler double brought home Teagarden. A bit later with the bases loaded, Beltre was hit by a pitch to bring home Chavez for a 2-1 lead.

The Yankees, though, tied the game in the sixth as Cano led off with a walk and, two batters later, Posada doubled to left-center to bring home Cano.

New York had a chance to win the game in the ninth as the team loaded the bases with one out, but Granderson swung at a bad pitch on a full count and Mark Teixeira grounded out to send the game to extras.

Game Notes

The Yankees have taken seven of the nine games against the Rangers this season...Interleague play begins on Friday as the Yankees will travel to Chicago to take on the Cubs while the Rangers play three games in Atlanta...New York stranded 13 men while Texas left 10 runners on base...The Yankess improved to 4-4 in extra inning games this season while the Rangers fell to 1-4.