American League Game Summary - New York at Texas|
(Monday, April 23rd)
Final Score: New York 7, Texas 4
Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Derek Jeter had four hits, two runs scored
and an RBI as the New York Yankees downed the Texas Rangers, 7-4, in the first
of three games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Alex Rodriguez added a three-run home run and Curtis Granderson knocked in a
pair of runs for the Yankees, who earned their fourth straight win.
CC Sabathia (2-0) allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking
out eight through eight innings for the win. Mariano Rivera closed the door in
the ninth for his fourth save of the year.
"I thought his command was much better tonight," said New York manager Joe
Girardi about Sabathia. "I thought his slider and changeup were good. He did
great mixing up his pitches."
Derek Holland (2-1) gave up seven runs on nine hits and four walks in six
innings to suffer the loss.
"I didn't do a good job of attacking the zone right away," said Holland. A
couple of pitches here and there weren't where they needed to be and they came
back and got me."
Craig Gentry had two RBI as Texas lost for the second time in three games.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the first inning with an infield
single by Jeter, a base hit by Robinson Cano and a walk by Rodriguez.
Mark Teixeira then went down swinging, but Granderson blooped a single into
shallow center field to plate Jeter and Cano, giving New York an early two-run
The Rangers, though, got a run back in the bottom of the frame when Ian
Kinsler led off with a single and moved to third on Elvis Andrus' base hit to
right before crossing the plate when Josh Hamilton grounded into a double
After Texas failed to capitalize on a Nelson Cruz two-out double in the fourth
inning, the Yankees added to their lead in the fifth when Chris Stewart walked
to lead off the inning and then advanced to second when Mike Napoli missed a
Holland pick-off throw to first.
Stewart moved to third on a Jeter base hit to left and came home on Nick
Swisher's sacrifice fly to deep center field. Cano followed with a single to
right before Rodriguez hammered a three-run homer over the left-center field
wall to hand New York a 6-1 cushion.
Back-to-back doubles by Stewart and Jeter in the sixth increased the Yankees'
The Rangers answered with a Hamilton solo shot into the bleachers in right-
center field in the home sixth and a two-run double down the first-base line
by Gentry in the seventh inning to close the gap to 7-4.
But Sabathia retired Kinsler and Andrus on consecutive ground outs to strand
Gentry at second and needed just five pitches in a 1-2-3 eighth before Rivera
tossed a perfect ninth inning to seal the win for the Yankees.
Prior to the game, Texas had a ceremony honoring catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who
announced his retirement earlier Monday after 21 big league seasons. Rodriguez
played with the Rangers from 1991-2002 and also at the end of the 2009
season...The Yankees have now hit a home run in eight straight games and in 12
of their last 13...Jeter increased his hit streak to 13 games...New York
improved to 6-0 when scoring first in a game this season...Holland fell to 0-5
in six career starts against the Yankees.
04/24 01:19:42 ET