The New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The final score was 5-4 and the game took place in Rangers ballpark in Arlington, Texas. Phil Hughes started and pitched well giving up only three unearned runs. Boone Logan gave up the lead with a two run homerun but Eduardo Nunez had a big hit to tie the game in the ninth.
Hughes pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up three unearned runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out one. Logan gave up two hits and a run without recording an out, Preston Claiborne pitched 1 1/3 innings striking out one, Joba Chamberlain pitched a perfect inning picking up his second win of the season and Mariano Rivera saved his 32nd game of the season. He pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Brett Gardner had a hit, Ichiro Suzuki had a hit and an RBI and Vernon Wells had a hit and drew a walk. Nunez had two hits and an RBI, Brent Lillibridge had a hit and two RBI and Melky Mesa had a hit. Austin Romine had a hit and an RBI, Mesa, Romine and Wells each hit a double. Nunez hit a triple and the Yankees were 5-11 with runners in scoring position with four men left on base. Lillibridge had a stolen base and committed an error.
Alexi Ogando pitched five innings giving up six hits and three runs. He walked none and struck out two. Ross Wolf pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts, Jason Frasor pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout and Neal Cotts pitched a perfect inning. Joe Nathan blew his second save of the season pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up two runs and two hits with a walk and a strikeout. Nathan also took the loss his first of the season; Robbie Ross pitched to one batter and retired him.
Ian Kinsler had a hit, Jurickson Profar drew a walk and Adrian Beltre had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Elvis Andrus had a hit and an RBI, Mitch Moreland had a hit, two RBI and drew a walk and Craig Gentry had a hit. Engel Beltre had a hit, which was a double, A. Beltre hit a double, Kinsler and Gentry each hit a double. Moreland hit a homerun and the Rangers were 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
In the third, Romine hit an RBI double and Suzuki hit an RBI single to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the third Lillibridge hit a fielders choice and a run scored to make it 3-0. The Rangers scored all four of their runs in the sixth inning. Beltre hit an RBI double, Andrus hit an RBI single and Moreland hit a two run homerun. The Rangers took a 4-3 lead; the Yankees scored two runs in the ninth to take a 5-4 lead, which would be the final score. Nunez hit an RBI triple and Lillibridge an RBI single.
The Yankees record improved to 53-47 and the Rangers record dropped to 55-45. The two teams will play game three of four on Wednesday night.