NEW YORK – The jet stream to right-center field at Rangers Ballpark didn’t treat Ryan Dempster too well in his Rangers debut. A similar jet stream exists at Yankee Stadium and, unfortunately for Dempster, similar results ensued.
Nick Swisher belted a grand slam to right in a five-run third, and Eric Chavez went deep to right-center in the sixth off Dempster, as the Yankees cruised to an 8-2 victory over the Rangers.
The Rangers staked Dempster to an early 2-0 lead against Yankees rookie right-hander David Phelps. Nelson Cruz had a broken-bat RBI single in the first, and David Murphy led off the second with a solo shot to right.
Dempster opened the game with two perfect innings before running into trouble in the third. He gave up consecutive singles to Russell Martin and Raul Ibanez to start the inning, and each of them advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Ichiro Suzuki.
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Derek Jeter drew a walk to load the bases, and Swisher deposited a 1-0 slider into the second-deck in right. The Yankees loaded the bases later in the inning, but scored only once on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson.
It’s the first time Dempster has allowed five runs in an inning this season, and the most since he gave up seven in the first inning against the Diamondbacks on April 28, 2011.
Dempster began the seventh by giving up a triple to Suzuki and an RBI double to Jeter. He left after that, and was charged with eight runs on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six-plus innings.
The final line was similar to his Texas debut when he allowed eight runs on nine hits with three walks and six strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings against the Angels on Aug. 2.
Dempster is now 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts with the Rangers. He had a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts with the Cubs before the Rangers acquired him at the trading deadline.
-- Drew Davison