Rapid Reaction: Yankees 4, Rangers 3
NEW YORK -- It was supposed to be a battle of phenom Japanese hurlers.
Instead, arguably the greatest Japanese major leaguer of all time stole the show.
Ichiro Suzuki hit a walk-off home run off Tanner Scheppers with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, propelling the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The loss snapped the Rangers’ five-game winning streak.
Bombed in the Bronx: This season, the injury-depleted Yankees have looked more like the Bronx Bloopers than the Bronx Bombers. Enter Yu Darvish. Darvish, pitching on six days’ rest, surrendered three home runs in a game for the first time in his career. Travis Hafner (fourth inning), Brett Gardner (fifth) and Jayson Nix (sixth) all took the right-hander deep for solo shots. Darvish has now surrendered 14 homers, tying last season’s total. He is winless in his past seven starts. Darvish’s final line: 5⅓ IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 110 pitches.
Yankee killer: Leonys Martin had the first multi-home run game of his young career, taking Hiroki Kuroda (6⅔ IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) deep to right field in the third and fifth innings. The 25-year-old center fielder went in with just three lifetime homers. Martin has recorded at least one hit in 10 consecutive games.
E5: Adrian Beltre committed a pair of errors. He made a bad throw to Mitch Moreland after cleanly fielding a grounder in the fourth, then mishandled a line drive that went by him in the fifth. Beltre has committed eight errors this season.
Sir Lancelot: Lance Berkman went 1-for-4 after returning to the lineup following a four-game absence due to back and knee issues.
Nice job, Neal: Neal Cotts retired all five batters he faced in relief of Darvish -- four coming via strikeout. Cotts is currently sporting a minuscule 0.45 ERA.
Up next: Justin Grimm (6-5, 5.57 ERA) opposes left-hander Andy Pettitte (5-5, 4.20 ERA) in the second game of the series between the two teams Wednesday night. First pitch is at 6:05 CT on ESPN.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.