NEW YORK Yovani Gallardo retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced Sunday night, and Prince Fielder went 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Texas Rangers completed a three-game sweep of the slumping New York Yankees with a 5-2 victory.
The Rangers have won five straight games and are 5-1 to open their nine-game road trip, which continues Monday afternoon at Cleveland. Josh Hamilton is expected to be activated from the disabled list and make his 2015 debut as the Rangers’ left fielder.
The Rangers were trailing 2-1 after one, but No. 9 hitter Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer in the second, and the Rangers padded their lead to 5-2 on an RBI double by Shin-Soo Choo after Delino DeShields opened with a triple and an RBI single by Fielder, who drove in Choo for the game’s first run on a double in the first.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo allowed three hits, a walk and two runs in the first inning, then allowed only one hit over the next five innings. … The only base runners against him were Didi Gregorius on an error to start the second and Garrett Jones on a single to start the fourth. … Gallardo, who struck out six, retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced. … Keone Kela pitched around a leadoff single in the seventh, and Ross Ohlendorf and Sam Freeman combined on a scoreless eighth as Freeman stranded two. … Shawn Tolleson collected his third save of his career, all on this road trip, by striking out the side in the ninth.
Hitting: Prince Fielder went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, raising his batting average to .358. … He has 22 multi-hit games, the most in the major leagues, and he went 8-for-14 with three homers and nine RBIs in the three-game series at Yankee Stadium. He just missed a fourth homer in the seventh on a liner that hit near the top of the wall in right field. … Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer in the third that erased a 2-1 deficit but missed squeeze bunt in the eighth. He later singled. … Shin-Soo Choo had two more hits, as did Delino DeShields. He tripled to start the seventh and scored as Choo followed with a double. … The Rangers have scored 30 runs in their past three games.
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