Yankees Defeat Rangers 3-2 to Extend Lead Atop American League

The New York Yankees logged their third straight win over the Texas Rangers to extend their lead atop the American League.

Freddy Garcia (7-5) allowed two runs -- Josh Hamilton’s 33rd and 34th home runs of the Major League Baseball season -- in 6 2/3 innings as New York won 3-2 after a one hour, 52-minute rain delay at Yankee Stadium last night.

The Yankees got all their runs in the third inning off Texas starter Scott Feldman. Jayson Nix scored on Nick Swisher’s double, Derek Jeter reached home on Curtis Granderson’s sacrifice fly and Swisher added the third run on Eric Chavez’s single.

Hamilton then blasted home runs in the fourth and sixth innings for the Rangers.

Feldman (6-8) surrendered three runs on seven hits and struck out seven in six innings.

The Yankees have won seven of their past eight games to improve to 70-47, 2 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rangers (67-49) atop the AL.

The last game in the series is scheduled for today.

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