The Texas Rangers escaped a series sweep by the American League-leading New York Yankees last night, winning the last of the four Major League Baseball games 10-6.
The Rangers lost a 4-0 lead when the Yankees answered with five runs in the sixth inning. David Murphy tied the game with a run-scoring double and Craig Gentry added a two-run single in the seventh to put Texas up 7-5 at Yankee Stadium.
Elvis Andrus scored on Adrian Beltre’s sacrifice fly and Josh Hamilton reached home on Geovany Soto’s single in the eighth inning. Nelson Cruz added a 10th run for the Rangers on a single by Andrus in the ninth.
“I don’t know about putting up 10 runs every night,” Rangers manager Ron Washington told reporters. “It’s certainly the offense I expect to see most nights.”
Mark Teixeira scored Raul Ibanez on a fielder’s choice ground out to shortstop in the bottom of the seventh to bring the Yankees within one run.
Tanner Scheppers (1-0) allowed one run on two hits in one-third innings for the win. Boone Logan (4-1) took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in 1/3 inning for the Yankees.
“It’s going to happen,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “Our guys aren’t going to be perfect out there.”
The Yankees (70-48) have a six-game lead in the American League East, and the Rangers (68-49) lead the AL West by the same margin.