A.J. Griffin pitched the best game by a Rangers starter this season and the offense exploded after a four-game slide to beat the Yankees 10-1 Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Griffin allowed one run on four hits over a team-high eight innings to improve to 3-0. The lone Yankees run came in the seventh after a walk and two singles started the inning. But Griffin got a double play and strikeout looking against Starlin Castro to end the inning. Tony Barnette pitched a scoreless ninth.
Hitting: The Rangers jumped out to a 6-0 lead with a run in the first and five in the third against Yankees starter Luis Severino, who was lifted before the fourth. Prince Fielder’s single to center scored Nomar Mazara in the first. Mazara singled against in the third to start a two-out, five-run rally. Adrian Beltre doubled and Fielder was intentionally walked to load the bases. Ian Desmond worked a walk to make it 3-0 before Mitch Moreland’s two-run single broke it open. Moreland scored from second on Elvis Andrus’ single to make it 6-0. Desmond homered in the fifth to make it 7-0 and Rougned Odor homered in the eighth to give Texas a 10-1 lead.
Notable: Rangers turned their major league-leading 29th double play to end the sixth inning ... the last time Griffin went eight innings was July 13, 2013 with the Oakland A’s ... the Rangers had scored five total runs in the previous four games before scoring five in the third inning Tuesday.