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Texas at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Grilli (2-3) L: A. Burnett (10-8)
HR: TEX - I. Kinsler (27), C. Davis (16), I. Kinsler (28)   NYY - None

Kinsler homers twice, Rangers deal Yankees rare home series loss

CBSSports.com wire reports

NEW YORK -- Ian Kinsler and Chris Davis launched the loudest shots of the afternoon. The way Jason Grilli and his bullpen pals kept things quiet, that tilted this game to Texas.

Kinsler hit two home runs, a trio of relievers pitched shutout ball and the Rangers became the first visitors to win a series at Yankee Stadium since mid-June, beating New York 7-2 on Thursday.

"This sends a statement that we can play with anyone out there," Grilli said.

Davis also had a three-run homer for Texas, which took two of three from the team with the best record in the majors.

Grilli, C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco combined for 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief. The Rangers remain in the thick of the pennant race, trying for their first playoff spot since 1999.

"We're treading into territory we've never been in before," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Cut by Colorado this season and activated from the disabled list over the weekend, Grilli (2-2) entered in the fourth with Texas ahead 3-2. He escaped a first-and-third jam by getting Alex Rodriguez on an easy comebacker and pitched 2 1/3 innings.

Grilli was aware he had done well against Rodriguez -- the Yankees' cleanup man is 0 for 5 facing him. Grilli also realized his early relief appearance was an important one.

"It's not always so glamorous, but sometimes it's the tipping point," he said.

Neither starter let the other side hit the ball much, either -- for different reasons.

A.J. Burnett (10-8) lost despite striking out a season-high 12 in six innings. Texas' Dustin Nippert was pulled after walking seven in 3 2/3 innings.

Through 7½ innings, in fact, only 33 of 66 hitters overall managed to put the ball in play. By the end, the teams combined for 25 strikeouts and 11 walks.

"Obviously, I had a good breaking ball today," Burnett said. "Everything was there."

Kinsler got Texas' first hit, a three-run homer in the fourth. Burnett retired the first 11 batters before walking Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz on full counts, bringing up Kinsler.

Catcher Jose Molina went to the mound to talk with Burnett, and Kinsler lined the next pitch over the left-field wall.

"Just be ready for a strike. You can't give him anything," Kinsler said. "You can't sit on one pitch."

Kinsler said he "got lucky and ran into a heater." Burnett said it was a slider in the wrong spot.

Kinsler also connected for a solo shot in the eighth off David Robertson, giving him a career-high 28 home runs.

Burnett fell to 0-4 in six starts this month. He was tagged for a career-high nine runs by Boston in his last outing and shook off catcher Jorge Posada several times, leading to talk they weren't on the same page.

Posada missed this game, a day after a foul tip bruised his left ring finger. The Yankees thought the injury might sideline him for a few days.

"He's still day to day. Hopefully he'll be better tomorrow," manager Joe Girardi said.

Davis hit a three-run homer in the seventh off Phil Coke. He also made a nifty play at first base to end the sixth after Derek Jeter's hard grounder bounced off his glove -- Davis retrieved the ball and made a blind, backhanded flip to Grilli covering the bag.

"It was close your eyes and throw it," Davis said.

Texas became the first team to win a series at Yankee Stadium since Washington won two of three from June 16-18.

Mark Teixeira hit a pair of early RBI singles for the Yankees, both times driving in runners who drew walks from Nippert and stole a base.


  • Yankees pitchers struck out 15.
  • Kinsler has five multihomer games this year and seven in his career.
  • Texas has hit 190 homers, second in the majors to the Yankees' 195.
  • Texas' Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active string in the majors.
  • Tennis star Andy Roddick threw out the first ball. Known for his fastball serves, he went with a lob. A-Rod of racket fame waved at A-Rod of the Yankees before the ceremonial pitch.
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Thanks to Ian Kinsler, the Rangers become the first club to win a series at Yankee Stadium since June. (AP)
Thanks to Ian Kinsler, the Rangers become the first club to win a series at Yankee Stadium since June. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

I. Kinsler
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2

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Texas Rangers
Julio Borbon, DH4000030 .378
Michael Young, 3B4010010 .328
Josh Hamilton, CF3100121 .273
Nelson Cruz, RF2100220 .263
Ian Kinsler, 2B4224012 .247
David Murphy, LF4110010 .263
Taylor Teagarden, C4110030 .196
Chris Davis, 1B4113020 .207
Elvis Andrus, SS4000000 .266
2B - David Murphy (16, Coke)
HR - Ian Kinsler 2 (28, Burnett, Robertson), Chris Davis (16, Coke)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 4 (73), Chris Davis 3 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 4 (27)
Team LOB - 2
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Davis
Texas Rangers
Dustin Nippert 3.2422730 4.02
Jason Grilli (W,2-3) 2.1000030 4.35
C.J. Wilson 2100030 2.95
Frank Francisco 1100110 3.65
Pitches-Strikes - Dustin Nippert 98-52, Jason Grilli 31-25, C.J. Wilson 26-17, Frank Francisco 21-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dustin Nippert 4-3, Jason Grilli 2-2, C.J. Wilson 2-2
Batters Faced - Dustin Nippert 21, Jason Grilli 7, C.J. Wilson 8, Frank Francisco 5
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4100111 .331
Johnny Damon, LF3120211 .288
Mark Teixeira, 1B5022011 .287
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4010125 .267
Hideki Matsui, DH3000224 .268
Nick Swisher, RF3000124 .243
Robinson Cano, 2B4000005 .314
Melky Cabrera, CF3010110 .266
Jose Molina, C4000002 .239
RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (97)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (36)
SB - Derek Jeter (22, 3rd base off Nippert/Teagarden), Johnny Damon (10, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden), Melky Cabrera (7, 2nd base off Nippert/Teagarden)
Team LOB - 12
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett (L,10-8) 62333121 4.10
Phil Coke 0.2333001 5.05
David Robertson 1.1111021 3.58
Alfredo Aceves 1000010 4.06
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 105-63, Phil Coke 12-8, David Robertson 30-20, Alfredo Aceves 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 3-3, Phil Coke 1-1, Alfredo Aceves 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 23, Phil Coke 5, David Robertson 5, Alfredo Aceves 3
Game Information
Attendance - 47209
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Randy Marsh