The Texas Rangers returned from a disputed rain delay that lasted 3 hours, 35 minutes to score four runs in the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees 9-6 in a game that ended close to 3 a.m. local time Tuesday.
Rain had been falling since the fifth inning, but the ninth started with Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walking Robinson Chirinos and falling behind 3-1 in the count to Shin-Soo Choo while trying to protect a 6-5 lead.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi came from the dugout after the third ball to Choo and told the umpires that conditions were too wet for the game to continue. The grounds crew was waived off as they went to the mound, and the umpires called for the tarp.
The game resumed at 2:15 a.m. EDT. When it did, Kirby Yates replaced Chapman and quickly struck out Choo. But Yates then hit Ian Desmond and Nomar Mazara, then issued a two-run single to Adrian Beltre that gave the Rangers a 7-6 lead.
Elvis Andrus singled in two more runs three batters later with a flare to right field.
Sam Dyson allowed two runners in the ninth but picked up his 16th save.
Hitting: Ian Desmond got the Rangers going in the first with a solo homer that pushed his hitting streak to nine games, and though they kept on scoring against Ivan Nova, they could have done more damage. ... Desmond drove in the second run in the third with a groundout after a leadoff walk to Robinson Chirinos and a double by Shin-Soo Choo. ... Prince Fielder opened the fourth with a single, extending his hitting streak to nine games, and the Rangers loaded the bases with one out. But it took a two-out single by Choo, driving in two, to make the inning a success. That single, though, was the last Rangers’ hit. ... They threatened with two outs in the fifth after a two-out walk and error put runners at second and third, but Elvis Andrus grounded out. ... Rougned Odor ended a string of eight straight outs with a blast off Andrew Miller to make it 6-5. ... Chirinos drew a leadoff walk from Aroldis Chapman to start the ninth, and the count on Choo went to 3-1 before umpire stopped the game. ... When play resumed after 3 hours, 35 minutes, Kirby Yates struck out Choo but hit Desmond and Nomar Mazara ahead of Adrain Beltre. Beltre fell behind in the count 1-2 but delivered a two-run single for a 7-6 lead. After Fielder was hit and Odor popped to left field, Andrus sent a flare into right field for two more runs.
Pitching: The Yankees used three singles to score twice in the second and erase the Rangers’ 1-0 lead. ... In the third, Gonzalez got the first out on a sliding catch by Ian Desmond, but Desmond lost Carlos Beltran’s popup on the next pitch and it fell for a single. After a walk to Brian McCann, Mark Teixeira and Starlin Castro each followed with a blooper to center to make it 3-2. A double play got Gonzalez out of the inning without further damage. ... After a 1-2-3 fourth, Gonzalez saw the Yankees open the fifth with three straight singles to forge a 4-4 tie and had runners on the corners. Gonzalez got grounders to first and third to keep Beltran at third, but Didi Gregorius singled with two outs to give the Yankees the lead. ... Teixeira hit a homer off Luke Jackson to start the seventh, a line drive that doesn’t clear the fence in most ballparks. ... The Yankees had their chances against Tony Barnette in the seventh and eighth, but went 0-for-5 against him with runners in scoring position. ... Sam Dyson allowed an infield single to open the ninth. After a groundout, Dyson walked Chase Headley before getting Aaron Hicks to ground out as the potential tying run. Jacoby Ellsbury was next, also was the potential tying run, but he flied out to left field.