Rangers manager Jeff Banister breaks down the messy ninth inning Wednesday
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.
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.
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.