The Texas Rangers defeated the New York Yankees on Wednesday night. The final score was 8-5 and the game took place at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Andy Pettitte started and wasn’t great, the defense and bullpen were shaky. Brett Gardner had a couple of hits and Ichiro Suzuki had three.
Pettitte pitched six innings giving up six hits and four runs with three of them being earned. He walked two and struck out six, Joba Chamberlain pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up four hits and two runs, Preston Claiborne retired the only batter that he faced and Boone Logan struck out the two batters that he faced. Shawn Kelley pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up three hits and two unearned runs.
Gardner had two hits, Suzuki had three hits and two RBI and Robinson Cano had a hit and an RBI. Travis Hafner had a hit and an RBI, Lyle Overbay had a hit and an RBI and Zoilo Almonte drew a walk. Chris Stewart had a hit, Vernon Wells had a hit and Stewart and Suzuki each hit a double. Overbay and Suzuki each hit a homerun and the Yankees were 3-9 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Suzuki had a stolen base and Nix committed an error.
Justin Grimm earned his seventh win of the season. He pitched five innings giving up six hits and three runs with four strikeouts. Robbie Ross pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and two runs with a walk and two strikeouts, Neal Cotts pitched 1/3 of an inning walking one and striking out another and Tanner Scheppers pitched an inning and struck out one. Joe Nathan earned his 26th save of the season with a 1-2-3 inning.
Ian Kinsler had two hits and drew a walk, Elvis Andrus had two hits and Nelson Cruz had a hit and two RBI. Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBI, A.J. Pierzynski had a hit and two RBI and Lance Berkman had two hits and an RBI. Mitch Moreland had a hit and an RBI, David Murphy drew a walk and Leonys Martin had a hit. Beltre hit two doubles, Pierzynski and Kinsler each hit a double and Cruz hit a homerun. The Rangers were 4-14 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Martin had a stolen base and Beltre was caught stealing.
In the second Overbay hit a solo homerun giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Beltre hit a two run double and Pierzynski hit a two run double in the third inning. In the sixth Cano hit an RBI single and Hafner hit an RBI single to make it a 4-3 game. Cruz hit a two run homerun in the seventh to extend the lead to 6-3. Suzuki hit a two run homerun in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-5. In the ninth Berkman hit an RBI single and Moreland hit a sacrifice fly to make it an 8-5 game.
The Yankees record dropped to 42-35 and the Rangers record improved to 45-33. The two teams have split the first two games and will play the rubber game on Thursday afternoon.
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