Josh Hamilton singled to right with two outs to score Leonys Martin from second base to give the Texas Rangers a 7-6 walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth Thursday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo was ambushed in the first as the Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a leadoff triple, a solo homer, two singles and a walk. Brian McCann’s two-run homer in the third gave New York a 5-4 lead.
Gallardo was charged with five runs on eights hits and two walks in six innings. In the seventh, Mark Teixeira hit his second homer of the game, this time off Keone Kela, to put the Yankees back in front, 6-5, in the seventh. Sam Freeman started the eighth and after getting two quick outs found himself in a bases-loaded mess. He was able to strike out Brett Gardner on three pitches to escape the jam.
Hitting: Josh Hamilton’s three-run homer to right in the first tie it at 3-3. Texas added a run in the second on Shin-Soo Choo’s solo homer to the upper deck in the right-field porch. In the fourth, Ryan Rua tied it at 5-5 when he scored on an inside the park homer in which center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury misplayed a short hop, which allowed the ball to roll to the wall.
In the fifth, Hamilton had the base loaded but grounded out to end the inning on the first pitch he saw. In the seventh, Robinson Chirinos led off with a single and scored from third on Prince Fielder’s grounder to second to tie it at 6-6. The throw to second base was high, allowing Elvis Andrus to advance safely. Andrus stole third before Beltre walked to load the bases. Mitch Moreland pinch-hit for Rua and Leonys Martin pinch-ran for Fielder at second but Moreland struck out to end the inning with the game tied at 6-6. Yankees relievers Dellin Betances and Nick Goody combined to strike out the side in the eighth, including Rougned Odor, who pinch-hit for Adam Rosales. In the ninth, Hamilton singled with two outs to score Leonys Martin from second for a walk-off win.
Notable: Rua’s inside the park homer was the first for the Rangers since Ian Kinsler on Aug. 23, 2013 at the White Sox. It’s the 25th inside the park homer in Rangers’ history. First at Globe Life Park since Detroit’s Austin Jackson in 2012 ... the last time Texas won consecutive games at Globe Life Park was June 15-16 against the Dodgers.
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760