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
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
“I’m so happy. It’s for my mom,” Cervelli said about hitting a grand slam on
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
Andrus singled home Craig Gentry in the second, extending the Rangers lead to
New York got two runs back in the third on consecutive RBI singles by Jeter
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.