Rapid Reaction: Rangers 8, Yankees 5
NEW YORK -- The Texas Rangers had one of their best offensive performances of the month, as they defeated the New York Yankees 8-5 on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Rangers pounded out 13 hits and crushed the normally stout Yankees bullpen over the final three innings. The eight runs are tied for the second most the Rangers have scored in June, and their most since posting nine on June 19.
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Helped out: The Rangers took the lead in the third after the Yankees failed to make a pair of plays. On a dribbler by Leonys Martin, Andy Pettitte and Jayson Nix ran into each other, eliminating any chance of an out. After a walk to Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus laid down a bunt, but Nix's throw pulled Robinson Cano off the bag and the Rangers had the bases loaded with nobody out. Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski provided a pair of two-run doubles to put the Rangers ahead 4-1.
Big swing: The Yankees sliced the lead to 4-3 and loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, before Jayson Nix hit into an inning-ending double play. In the seventh, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run shot that boosted the Rangers' lead to 6-3. Within a span of roughly 10 minutes, the Yankees had gone from having a chance to take the lead to finding themselves down three again. Cruz's home run was his 20th of the season and gave him 57 RBIs overall.
Friend vs. friend: It's been well-documented that Yankees starter Andy Pettitte and Rangers DH Lance Berkman are very close friends. Pettitte won the battle on Wednesday night, as Berkman went 0-for-3 against him with a strikeout. Berkman was playing in back-to-back games after missing the previous four games. He provided an RBI single in the ninth against Shawn Kelley.
Ross not a boss: Robbie Ross had a rough night in relief. He allowed four hits and two runs in 1S innings, including a two-run shot to Ichiro Suzuki that cut the Rangers' lead to 6-5. Ron Washington could have gone to Neal Cotts to face Suzuki, but he stuck with Ross and that decision backfired. Ross also allowed both baserunners he inherited to score.
Middle does the job: The Nos. 3, 4 and 5 hitters in Cruz, Beltre and Pierzynski each had two RBIs to drive in six of the eight runs for the Rangers.
Other Beltre debuts: Engel Beltre made his major league debut as a pinch runner in the ninth inning. He was caught stealing for the final out in the top of the ninth.
Up next: The Rangers will look to win the rubber game of the three-game set with the Yanks as Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43 ERA) faces Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) at 12:05 p.m. CT.
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