Rangers outlast YankeesJun 27, 2013 - 5:32 AM Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees, 8-5.
Adrian Beltre finished with three hits and two RBI for the Rangers, who had won five straight before losing Tuesday's series opener.
Ichiro Suzuki, who hit a walk-off homer to end Texas' winning streak, launched a two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh on Wednesday to trim the deficit to 6-5.
It was the second time in as many innings the Yankees had closed to within a run.
The Rangers went back up by three in the ninth, however, capitalizing on a dropped fly ball from Brett Gardner. After Beltre hit a one-out single, A.J. Pierzynski sent a Shawn Kelley pitch to left-center. Gardner tracked the ball down, but simply didn't make the catch, and the error left two men in scoring position.
Lance Berkman then lined an RBI single to right and Mitch Moreland followed with a sacrifice fly.
Joe Nathan retired the Yankees in order in the home half to earn his 26th save of the season.
Texas starter Justin Grimm (7-5) gave up a second-inning homer to Lyle Overbay, but Beltre and Pierzynski each hit two-run doubles off New York starter Andy Pettitte (5-6) in the third to put the Rangers up 4-1.
"I thought Andy was good. His control was good his cutter was good. He made a couple of mistakes, but he was very good," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi.
The Yankees battled back in the sixth, opening the frame with four straight hits. The first two were given up by Grimm, who was removed after an infield single by Gardner, one that deflected off the glove of the Texas right-hander, and a Suzuki double. Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner then greeted reliever Robbie Ross with back-to-back, run-scoring singles.
New York had the bases loaded following a one-out walk to Zoilo Almonte, but Ross preserved the lead by getting Jayson Nix to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Cruz extended the visitors' lead to 6-3 with his 20th home run of the year, a drive to left-center off Joba Chamberlain. Suzuki took Ross deep to right with two outs in the Yankees' seventh.
"Nelson came and got us a big home run. We just continued to fight and we were able to hold on," said Rangers manager Ron Washington.
New York first baseman Mark Teixeira has decided to heed the recommendation of team doctors and will have season-ending surgery to repair the damaged tendon sheath in his right wrist. The procedure will require 4-to-5 months of rest and rehabilitation, and Teixeira expects to be 100 percent in six months ... Pettitte lost his third straight start after allowing six hits in six innings ... The Rangers were 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position.
- TEXAS: 8
NEW YORK: 5
Jun 26 10:34 PM
- Mitch Moreland sacrifice fly out to left scored A.J. Pierzynski with two out. Runner on first and David Murphy due up.
Rangers 8, Yankees 5 Top 9, 2 OutsJun 26 10:29 PM
- Lance Berkman single to right center scored Adrian Beltre with one out. On the play, A.J. Pierzynski advances to third. Runners on first and third and Mitch Moreland due up.
Rangers 7, Yankees 5 Top 9, 1 OutJun 26 10:25 PM
- Ichiro Suzuki two-out, two-run Home Run (5) to right scored Vernon Wells. Robinson Cano due up.
Rangers 6, Yankees 5 Bot 7, 2 OutsJun 26 9:50 PM
- Nelson Cruz one-out, two-run Home Run (20) to left center scored Elvis Andrus. Adrian Beltre due up.
Rangers 6, Yankees 3 Top 7, 1 OutJun 26 9:26 PM
- Travis Hafner single to right scored Ichiro Suzuki with none out. On the play, Robinson Cano advances to second. Runners on first and second and Lyle Overbay due up.
Rangers 4, Yankees 3 Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 26 9:13 PM
- Robinson Cano single to left scored Brett Gardner with none out. On the play, Ichiro Suzuki advances to third. Runners on first and third and Travis Hafner due up.
Rangers 4, Yankees 2 Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 26 9:12 PM
- A.J. Pierzynski double to right center scored Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre with one out. Runner on second and Lance Berkman due up.
Rangers 4, Yankees 1 Top 3, 1 OutJun 26 8:00 PM
- Adrian Beltre double to left scored Leonys Martin and Ian Kinsler with one out. On the play, Elvis Andrus advances to third. Runners on second and third and A.J. Pierzynski due up.
Rangers 2, Yankees 1 Top 3, 1 OutJun 26 7:58 PM
- Lyle Overbay one-out, solo Home Run (9) to right. Zoilo Almonte due up.
Rangers 0, Yankees 1 Bot 2, 1 OutJun 26 7:37 PM
- TEXAS: 0
NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 26 7:10 PM
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