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|Texas (60-54) «||2||1||0||1||0||1||3||0||x||8||8||0|
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The New York Yankees used to be able to count on a successful road trip to Texas. Now they're sitting on two straight Lone Star losses.
Texas ended a 10-game home losing streak to the Yankees on Monday night, 9-5. On Tuesday night, the Yankees got closer, but they still couldn't contain the highest scoring offense in the majors.
"These were two hard losses, games we had a chance to win," manager Joe Girardi said. "You've got to put it behind you."
New York has dropped seven of 10 and fell 6½ games behind AL-East leading Tampa Bay.
"With 49 games remaining, every game is important," Alex Rodriguez said. "You can't panic but you have to take it with a sense of urgency."
Pitching continues to be an issue for the Yankees. Andy Pettitte (12-9) allowed five runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
"Part of it has been pitching," Girardi said of the team's recent slump. "We haven't held opponents below five runs in many of those games. We haven't come up with big hits. It's a combination of a lot of different things."
Wilson, the Rangers' closer, was in the game in a non-save situation to work out some mechanical problems with his delivery. But Wilson walked Bobby Abreu, hit Rodriguez with a pitch, and after Xavier Nady struck out, Sexson blasted his 15th career grand slam.
The Rangers placed Wilson on the 15-day disabled list after the game with bone spurs in his left elbow.
Eddie Guardado got three outs for his third save in three chances. Guardado, who takes over as the Rangers' primary closer in Wilson's absence, polished off the save by getting A-Rod to ground into a double play.
The Rangers have earned the Yankees' respect this season, taking four of the first five meetings.
"You can classify Texas as a pretty good team," New York's Johnny Damon said. "Their offense is one of the best around. They take their swings and they take their walks."
Harrison (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He started the night with a 7.40 ERA. He shut out the Yankees on three hits in the first five innings of his sixth major league start with the help of three double plays before Derek Jeter's sixth-inning sacrifice fly got the Yankees on the board.
Harrison admitted he was jittery in the first inning, but he soon settled in.
"I was a little nervous because it was the Yankees and I never faced a team of that caliber before," Harrison said. "I've been watching the Yankees since I was little. To pitch against them was unbelievable."
Rookie Chris Davis had a career-high four RBI for Texas, three on a bases-loaded double in the seventh to stretch the lead to 8-2.
"I've been hit-or-miss lately swinging the bat," Davis said. "I just tried to put the ball in play. Every game against those guys is a high-energy game."
In the first, Pettitte issued a two-out walk to Michael Young, and Hamilton jump-started the Texas offense with a two-run shot to pad his major league-leading RBI total to 108.
Marlon Byrd added three hits for the Rangers, who've won six of their last eight to move six games over .500 (60-54) for the first time this season.
|Eddie Guardado is psyched to hold off the Yankees, whose late charge falls short. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, LF||3||1||1||1||2||1||1||.316|
|Derek Jeter, SS||3||0||0||1||1||0||4||.279|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||1||.290|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||3||1||0||0||0||0||2||.319|
|Xavier Nady, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.335|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||1||2||0||0||3||0||1||.262|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||4||1||2||4||0||0||2||.226|
|Jose Molina, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.235|
|a- Jason Giambi, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.256|
|Ivan Rodriguez, PR-C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.291|
|Justin Christian, CF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|b- Melky Cabrera, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.242|
|a-walked for Molina in the 7th|
|b-popped out for Christian in the 7th|
|2B - Richie Sexson (9, Harrison)|
|3B - Johnny Damon (4, Harrison)|
|HR - Richie Sexson (12, Wilson)|
|SF - Derek Jeter (3)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (47), Derek Jeter (51), Richie Sexson 4 (36)|
|2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (22)|
|SB - Alex Rodriguez (16, 2nd base off Harrison/Laird), Justin Christian (6, 2nd base off Harrison/Laird)|
|E - Robinson Cano (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Yankees|
|Andy Pettitte (L,12-9)||5||6||5||5||3||5||1||4.34|
|IBB - Davis by David Robertson|
|HBP - Hamilton (by Jose Veras)|
|WP - Andy Pettitte (5), David Robertson (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 104-62, David Robertson 44-22, Brian Bruney 16-6, Jose Veras 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-3, David Robertson 1-0, Jose Veras 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 24, David Robertson 9, Brian Bruney 4, Jose Veras 4|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||6||.314|
|Gerald Laird, C||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.306|
|Michael Young, SS||3||1||0||0||2||2||0||.290|
|Josh Hamilton, DH||4||1||1||2||0||3||1||.305|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||3||3||0||1||0||1||.263|
|David Murphy, RF||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.273|
|Brandon Boggs, LF||2||2||1||0||2||0||0||.248|
|Chris Davis, 1B||2||0||1||4||1||1||1||.289|
|Travis Metcalf, 3B||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||.000|
|a- Ramon Vazquez, PH-3B||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||.322|
|a-walked for Metcalf in the 6th|
|2B - Chris Davis (10, Bruney)|
|3B - Brandon Boggs (3, Pettitte)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (27, Pettitte)|
|SF - Chris Davis (1)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (108), David Murphy (74), Chris Davis 4 (26), Travis Metcalf (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (44), Chris Davis 3 (11)|
|SB - Marlon Byrd 2 (4, 2nd base off Pettitte/Molina, 2nd base off Pettitte/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|DP - Metcalf-Kinsler, Metcalf-Davis, Metcalf-Kinsler-Davis, Vazquez-Kinsler-Davis|
|Matt Harrison (W,3-2)||6.1||5||2||2||3||3||0||6.46|
|Josh Rupe (H,2)||0.2||0||0||0||2||0||0||3.80|
|Jamey Wright (H,13)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.82|
|Eddie Guardado (S,3)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.02|
|HBP - Rodriguez (by Matt Harrison), Rodriguez (by C.J. Wilson), Cabrera (by Jamey Wright)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Harrison 105-62, Josh Rupe 18-6, C.J. Wilson 22-10, Jamey Wright 15-9, Eddie Guardado 17-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Harrison 7-6, Jamey Wright 1-1, Eddie Guardado 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Matt Harrison 25, Josh Rupe 4, C.J. Wilson 5, Jamey Wright 3, Eddie Guardado 3|
|Attendance - 34473|
|Game Time - 3:27|
|Temperature - 93|
|Umpires - Home - Alfonso Marquez, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Andy Fletcher|