Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - J.P. Arencibia hit a go-ahead two-run
single as part of a four-run fifth inning and the Texas Rangers defeated the
New York Yankees, 4-2, in the opener of a three-game set.
Yu Darvish (10-6) struck out eight and allowed two runs on nine hits and a
walk over seven innings for Texas, which had dropped eight of its last 10
games coming in.
Neftali Feliz fired a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save of the season.
Derek Jeter had three hits and moved past Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place
on the all-time hits list. Jeter, who shot a single through the hole on the
right side to climb past Yastrzemski in the seventh, has 3,420 hits in his
Brett Gardner hit a pair of solo home runs to account for New York's runs.
David Phelps (5-5) surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk over six
frames for the Yankees, who have lost three in a row on the heels of a 7-1
New York led 2-0 before the Rangers surged ahead following their four-run
Chris Gimenez began the frame with a single, advanced to second on a Rougned
Odor groundout and scored two batters later on Elvis Andrus' base hit through
the hole on the left side. Alex Rios' single put runners on the corners and
Adrian Beltre ripped a double into the left-field corner to plate Andrus and
tie the game.
Jim Adduci worked a walk to load the bases and Arencibia rolled a base hit
back up the middle to push across Rios and Beltre and give the Rangers a 4-2
New York put the tying runners on second and third with two outs in the
seventh, but Brian McCann struck out swinging to end the threat.
Earlier, Gardner cracked his solo shots to right-center in the third and fifth
innings, respectively, to stake the Yankees to their 2-0 lead.
Texas was 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position, while the Yankees finished
0-for-6 ... Jeter is 10 hits away from tying Honus Wagner for sixth all-time
on the hits list.