The Rangers chipped away at C.C. Sabathia and Elvis Andrus’ run-scoring triple in the sixth put them ahead for good take the series finale from the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martin Perez held the Yankees to two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. The Yankees took a brief 1-0 lead with a run in the second after walks to Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez opened the inning. Perez induced a 4-6-3 double play but Starlin Castro’s single to right scored Teixeira. In the fourth, Rodriguez tied it at 2-2 with a homer to left-center. Perez struck out three. He has gone at least six innings in four of his five starts. Jake Diekman pitched a perfect two innings before Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save. The Yankees had the tying runner at second with two outs but Tolleson got Castro to ground out to second to end the game. Rougned Odor made nice stop and throw to his left to make the play.
Hitting: Ryan Rua and Rougned Odor opened the bottom of the second with singles. After Elvis Andrus grounded out, Hanser Alberto grounded into a 1-3-2-5 double play but Rua scored from the third after taking off as soon as C.C. Sabathia made his throw to first. In the third, Bryan Holaday led off with a walk and moved to second on Delino DeShields’ sacrifice bunt, and scored on Adrian Beltre’s two-out single to left. The Rangers had the bases loaded after Ian Desmond reached on an infield single and Rua was hit by a pitch but Odor grounded out to end the inning. Texas took a 3-2 lead in the sixth after Odor walked with two outs and scored on Andrus’ triple to right-center. The Rangers were held to five hits.
Notable: Alberto started at first base. It’s the third infield position he has started at in 2016 (second base and shortstop) ... 35,477 was the paid attendance ... left-hitting Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland did not start, but Fielder pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out ... Rodriguez’s homer in the fourth was his 100th at Globe Life Park, including 86 as a Rangers player from 2001-03. He also became the 12th Yankees players to score 1,000 runs with the club ... Rangers starting pitchers have gone at least five innings in all 22 games, longest streak to open the season in club history.