Grimm wins, bummed he can't pitch deep

June, 27, 2013
6/27/13
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NEW YORK -- Recording the win on Wednesday night over the New York Yankees didn't keep Texas Rangers starter Justin Grimm from fixating on his inability to throw deep into the game.

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Debby Wong/USA TODAY Sports Even though he tallied a win, Justin Grimm wasn't pleased with his recent tendency to be derailed from the mound before throwing in the late innings.
"Lately, it just seems like it's the fifth or the sixth there's that wall; that next inning I just have to break through," Grimm said after failing to record an out in the sixth inning. "Only thing I can do is keep battling and keep fighting, and I'll break that wall down."

After breezing through five innings, Grimm stumbled in the sixth inning as he allowed back-to-back hits to open the frame. Both runs came around to score, and Grimm was charged with three earned runs in five innings. He gave up six hits and threw just 78 pitches.

"I'm not happy with five [innings] and die, to be honest with you. I want to give more for my team," Grimm said. "It's something I got to keep battling, keep learning and continuing to attack the zone. Maybe I'm trying to be too fine that next inning. It's something I'll figure out, and, hopefully, I can give them six or seven strong."

Grimm cruised along during the first five, allowing just four hits and one run -- a solo shot by Lyle Overbay that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the second.

In the sixth, with Texas up 4-1, he gave up two hits to start the frame, and it ended his night. He couldn't corral a comebacker from Brett Gardner, then served up a double to Ichiro Suzuki before manager Ron Washington pulled him.

With the win, Grimm is now tied with Yu Darvish for the team lead with seven.

"I thought that he did a great job," Washington said. "He never gave them the same look each time through each inning that he was out there."

Ross escapes: Robbie Ross had a rough night out of the bullpen, but his inning-ending double play in the sixth changed the momentum of the game.

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After the Yankees sliced the lead to 4-3 and loaded the bases with one out, Ross induced a double-play out from Jayson Nix.

"It was a great turn by Elvis [Andrus] and Ian [Kinsler], especially on a guy like that," Ross said. "I was just hoping we could turn it quick and get him out. It was huge."

In the top of the seventh, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run shot to put Texas up 6-3. Later in the inning, Ross yielded a two-run homer that made it 6-5.

Another Beltre debuts: Outfielder Engel Beltre made his major league debut on Wednesday night, pinch running in the ninth. Beltre was caught stealing to end the inning. He received a game ball after the victory. Washington said there's a good chance Beltre will make his first start on Thursday.

"Good time," said Beltre, who added he's never received a baseball after a game before. "I've been waiting for that time for years to be here with the Rangers and to support the team."

Soria update: Reliever Joakim Soria (elbow) threw a perfect inning for the Arizona League Rangers on Tuesday night as part of his rehab assignment. Soria struck out one batter and threw seven pitches. He's next scheduled to pitch Friday for Triple-A Round Rock.

Matt Ehalt

ESPN New York contributor

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Yu Darvish
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.06 182 144
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .322
HRA. Beltre 17
RBIA. Beltre 64
RA. Beltre 64
OPSA. Beltre .876
ERAY. Darvish 3.06
SOY. Darvish 182