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Yankees score six in the ninth to stun Rangers

Rangers manager Jeff Banister breaks down the messy ninth inning Wednesday

Jeff Banister describes what he saw from the Rangers' dugout Wednesday in the ninth inning as the Yankees scored six times for a 9-7 walk-off win (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Jeff Banister describes what he saw from the Rangers' dugout Wednesday in the ninth inning as the Yankees scored six times for a 9-7 walk-off win (video by Jeff Wilson).

Matt Bush and Sam Dyson failed to protect a four-run ninth-inning lead Wednesday night as the New York Yankees rallied for six runs and walked-off with 9-7 win over the Texas Rangers.

Didi Gregorius won it with a two-run homer as the Rangers got only one out in the ninth.

Bush took a 7-3 lead to the mound to start the ninth, but issued a single and a walk to the first two hitters. That brought in Dyson, who allowed a single to Brett Gardner and saw a run score as Ian Desmond bobbled the ball in center field.

After Alex Rodriguez lined out, Brian McCann launched a three-run homer, his second of the game, for a 7-7 tie.

Dyson then walked Starlin Castro, and Gregorius found the seats in right field.

Jeff Banister describes what he saw from the Rangers' dugout Wednesday in the ninth inning as the Yankees scored six times for a 9-7 walk-off win (video by Jeff Wilson).

Hitting: The Rangers made Masahiro Tanaka work in his six innings, and they jumped him for four runs in the third inning. ... Elvis Andrus gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second by driving in Prince Fielder, who had doubled to push his hitting streak to 11 games. ... Robinson Chirinos and Shin-Soo Choo opened the third with singles, and Ian Desmond followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Nomar Mazara cleared the bases with a double to the wall in right-center, and he came home two batters later on an infield single by Fielder. ... The Rangers didn’t have another hit until Rougned Odor started the sixth with an opposite-field homer that just cleared the wall in left field. He leads the team with 15 homers. ... Adrian Beltre had a similar shot to open the eighth, to the opposite field and just clearing the wall, for a 7-2 lead.

Right-hander Nick Martinez said that he encountered control issues early on Wednesday but was able to make some pitches to hold the Yankees to only two runs in five innings (video by Jeff Wilson).

  

Pitching: Nick Martinez was wildly effective over five-plus innings in which he allowed two runs on only three hits, but he walked five and threw 46 of his 84 pitches for balls. ... A nifty stab by Adrian Beltre turned into a double play to help Martinez escape with a scoreless first inning. ... Chase Headley homered in the second for a 1-1 tie, but Martinez tossed three straight scoreless innings and was at only 78 pitches after five. ... The Yankees opened the sixth with a walk and a single, and Martinez was quickly replaced by Cesar Ramos. Headley collected a sacrifice fly off Ramos, but the Yankees got just the one run. ... Ramos worked a perfect seventh and got the first out of the eighth before Brian McCann countered Beltre’s homer with another wall-scraper. The Yankees collected back-to-back singles to knock out Ramos, but Matt Bush cooled the threat with a flyout and a strikeout on a 99 mph fastball. ... Bush, though, couldn’t retire the first two batters in the ninth, so closer Sam Dyson was forced to pitch in a four-run game. A run scored on a Brett Gardner single and an error on Desmond. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, McCann launched a game-tying three-run homer. After a walk to Starlin Castro, Didi Gregorius hit a two-run homer to end it.

Rangers righty Matt Bush said that his arm is strong and nothing to do with his costly outing Wednesday (video by Jeff Wilson).

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