The victory completed a New York sweep of the series at Yankee Stadium in a game marked by the first Yankees start for pitcher Brian Gordon, a 32-year-old former outfielder.
Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a single to right field, his third hit of the game. After Mark Teixeira’s flyout to left, Robinson Cano was awarded first base for being hit by a pitch that television replays showed might only have contacted the bottom of his bat. Gardner then singled to right field, scoring Granderson from second base.
The Yankees (39-28) had 11 hits in the win to complete a three-game sweep of the Rangers (36-34), who had nine hits.
Gordon, who signed with the Yankees yesterday following his release from the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization, allowed two earned runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking three.
With C.J. Wilson starting for the Rangers, the Yankees’ first run came in the bottom of the second inning on a Russell Martin single that scored Cano.
The Rangers scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 2-1 lead. Their first run came on an Ian Kinsler double that scored catcher Taylor Teagarden. After loading the bases with one out, Gordon almost eluded more trouble before hitting Adrian Beltre with a curveball, scoring Eric Chavez.
Gordon pitched into the next inning, leaving to a standing ovation. Wilson went eight innings for Texas, allowing two earned runs on seven hits while striking out 10 and walking three.
Gordon’s only previous major-league experience was four innings pitched for the Rangers in 2008. He switched to pitcher from outfielder four years ago. Until yesterday he was pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies’ Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs, though an opt-out clause in his contract enabled his release and signing by New York’s major-league club.
Reliever Cory Wade pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first win for New York, while Michael Kirkman (1-1) took the loss during his third inning of work.
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