New York at Texas

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Jennings (2-1) L: A. Aceves (3-1)
HR: NYY - M. Teixeira (14)   TEX - C. Davis (11), C. Davis (12)

Rangers 7, Yankees 3 wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- His slump stretched to 1-for-30, Texas slugger Chris Davis at least felt he was making progress.

Now he has something pretty cool to show for it: The first two-homer game of his career.

"I was so happy to have two hits, I didn't even care," Davis said after his pair of solo shots helped the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Tuesday night.

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The start was held up 2 hours, 24 minutes because of rain. Due to the delay, the Yankees knew that Boston had lost, which meant a victory would've tied them with the Red Sox for first place in the AL East.

But Joba Chamberlain gave up two runs in the first inning, then allowed Davis' first home run leading off the fourth. Although New York tied it at 3 in the top of the sixth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia restored Texas' lead with a looping single in the bottom of the inning. Davis added an upper-deck home run in the eighth.

OK, so he also struck out twice, upping his majors-leading total to 68. But after a recent 0-for-25 drought, it's understandable that he's going to remember this game for the home runs, which give him 12 for the season.

"The last few weeks have been about as tough as they could be so to have a night like tonight, it's very encouraging," Davis said. "I'm definitely going to take the two home runs away from this and try to build on it."

Jason Jennings (2-1) got two outs in the sixth for the victory, and Frank Francisco finished up. Davis' second home run cost him a save opportunity.

Marlon Byrd had a two-run single in the first inning to get the Rangers going, then scored the go-ahead run after a double off Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves (3-1).

The Yankees, who had won 11 of 13, had a lot going for them -- 13 hits, a season-high five stolen bases, plus more freebies via a wild pitch and a passed ball.

But they failed to take advantage, such as hitting into double plays that ended the seventh and eighth innings.

"I thought we swung the bats pretty well but we couldn't get the big hit," manager Joe Girardi said.

Chamberlain threw a lot of pitches in the first inning and wound up going only four. He allowed three runs and four hits, with four walks and five strikeouts.

"Plain and simple, I was terrible," he said. "I've got to do a better job of keeping the team in the game."

Mark Teixeira hit a home run for New York, and center fielder Melky Cabrera left with a shoulder injury.

The first pitch was delayed because of an approaching storm that didn't arrive until nearly an hour later. Once it did, it dropped buckets of rain and enough golf ball-sized hail to make the outfield look like a crowded driving range. More rain fell in the first inning and there were flashes of lightning throughout the night, but most of the crowd of 33,397 waited out the delay. About half were still around for the final out -- at 12:38 a.m.

As a thank you to fans for staying through the rain delay, the team announced that tickets from this game can be traded in for seats at certain other games later this season.

Cabrera ran hard into the wall chasing Ian Kinsler's leadoff triple in the first inning and left with a strained right shoulder. His replacement, Brett Gardner, had three hits and scored a run. He also had three of the steals against Saltalamacchia, who had thrown out eight of 20 this season.


As if the showers weren't enough, sprinklers went off on the grassy knoll beyond center field during the third inning. ... Derek Jeter was back at shortstop for the Yankees after serving as the DH on Monday. ... Expect Andruw Jones in the lineup against Yankees starter A.J. Burnett on Wednesday, especially since someone left a handwritten breakdown of "AJ vs. AJB" stats on manager Ron Washington's desk. "He says it's not his handwriting," Washington said, laughing.

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Players of the Game

C. Davis
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
New York

B. Gardner
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS5020001 .287
Johnny Damon, LF4010102 .310
Mark Teixeira, 1B5111014 .271
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010101 .258
Robinson Cano, 2B5020003 .317
Melky Cabrera, CF0000000 .323
    Brett Gardner, CF5130011 .271
Hideki Matsui, DH3121011 .250
Nick Swisher, RF2000212 .222
Francisco Cervelli, C4011003 .300
2B - Hideki Matsui (9, Millwood)
HR - Mark Teixeira (14, Millwood)
RBI - Mark Teixeira (37), Hideki Matsui (15), Francisco Cervelli (4)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (17)
SB - Derek Jeter (10, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia), Johnny Damon (5, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia), Brett Gardner 3 (9, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia, 3rd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia, 2nd base off Millwood/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Rodriguez-Cano-Teixeira
New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain 4433451 3.97
Alfredo Aceves (L,3-1) 2433020 3.24
Phil Coke 1111101 4.43
David Robertson 1000010 3.18
IBB - Cruz by Phil Coke
Pitches-Strikes - Joba Chamberlain 84-46, Alfredo Aceves 33-23, Phil Coke 13-7, David Robertson 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joba Chamberlain 4-2, Alfredo Aceves 3-1, Phil Coke 1-2, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - Joba Chamberlain 19, Alfredo Aceves 10, Phil Coke 5, David Robertson 3
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4120100 .283
Michael Young, 3B4110001 .335
Josh Hamilton, DH4101011 .250
Nelson Cruz, RF2110210 .296
David Murphy, LF1001200 .226
Marlon Byrd, CF4122002 .288
Chris Davis, 1B4222023 .208
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4011030 .252
Omar Vizquel, SS4000011 .340
2B - Michael Young (17, Aceves), Nelson Cruz (10, Chamberlain), Marlon Byrd (16, Aceves)
3B - Ian Kinsler (2, Chamberlain)
HR - Chris Davis 2 (12, Chamberlain, Coke)
SF - David Murphy (3)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (21), David Murphy (10), Marlon Byrd 2 (21), Chris Davis 2 (23), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (20)
2-OUT RBI - Marlon Byrd 2 (8), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10)
SB - Nelson Cruz (9, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Vizquel-Kinsler-Davis, Vizquel-Kinsler-Davis, Vizquel-Davis
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood 5.2933431 3.25
Jason Jennings (W,2-1) 0.2200000 3.98
C.J. Wilson (H,3) 0.2000000 3.38
Darren O'Day (H,4) 1100000 1.20
Frank Francisco 1100010 0.00
HBP - Matsui (by C.J. Wilson)
WP - Kevin Millwood (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 98-63, Jason Jennings 15-9, C.J. Wilson 7-4, Darren O'Day 10-9, Frank Francisco 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 7-6, Jason Jennings 2-0, C.J. Wilson 1-0, Darren O'Day 1-1, Frank Francisco 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 29, Jason Jennings 4, C.J. Wilson 2, Darren O'Day 3, Frank Francisco 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33397
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Tom Hallion