07/29 23:28 CDT Gardner, Yankees snap skid with 12-11win at Texas
Gardner, Yankees snap skid with 12-11win at Texas
AP Sports Writer
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous
sliding catch and the New York Yankees held on for a 12-11 victory at Texas on
Tuesday night in spite of J.P. Arencibia's seven RBIs.
Arencibia homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh, for Texas. He
also had two doubles to be the first Rangers player with four extra-base hits
since Josh Hamilton's four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012.
The last player with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012,
when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.
Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a
seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.
He started the inning with a double and scored on Carlos Beltran's two
run-single, then reached on a three-base error that deflected off two
outfielders and sent home the rally's final run.
Brandon McCarthy (3-0) went six innings for the Yankees, who have won all four
of his starts since getting the big right-hander in a trade from Arizona on
David Robertson, the fifth New York pitcher, got his 27th save in 29 chances
even after walking three and allowed two hits in the ninth. Elvis Andrus had a
two-run single before Adrian Beltre's game-ending flyball to Gardner in deep
left with the bases loaded.
Mark Teixeira hit his 18th homer in his first start for New York in nine games
after a back strain. He walked three times and scored three runs.
Gardner led off the game against rookie Nick Martinez (1-7) with his 13th
homer. Gardner went deep twice Monday off Yu Darvish.
Texas led 4-1 after Arencibia's solo homer in the fifth. He had a two-run
double in the third, the inning that started with Gardner's running, sliding
catch on a ball Shin Soo-Choo sliced into the left-field corner.
New York went up 5-4 when Zolio Almonte hit an RBI single on reliever Shawn
Tolleson's first pitch after relieving Martinez. Brendan Ryan had a two-run
double before Gardner's flyball into right-center field gap.
Right fielder Alex Rios was calling for the ball when he reached for it, but
closed his glove too soon. The ball ricocheted off the back of his glove and
then off the head of center fielder Leonys Martin, who was also in pursuit.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (shoulder), out since early May, threw 45 pitches
in a bullpen session and is set to start an injury rehab assignment Sunday.
Infielder Kelly Johnson (strained left groin) is expected to be ready to play
when eligible to come off the DL on Aug. 7.
Rangers: Nick Tepesch pulled himself out of his last start Saturday night
because of left knee soreness, and now Texas will skip his next turn in the
rotation Friday as a precaution. Jerome Williams starts Friday at Cleveland.
Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda, 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in five career starts against
Texas, pitches against Colby Lewis in the rubber game of the three-game set.
The Rangers will try to end a string of seven consecutive series losses since
taking two of three against Minnesota on June 27-29, also the last time they
won consecutive games.