New York at Texas

Final 10th
N.Y. Yankees
W: N. Feliz (3-2) L: M. Rivera (3-2)
HR: NYY - A. Rodriguez (18)   TEX - D. Murphy (8)

Rangers tag Rivera for walk-off win in 10th wire reports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- David Murphy is becoming a prime-time player for the Texas Rangers, with another big hit to provide an exciting victory and a career-first for New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Murphy's single off Rivera with the bases loaded in the 10th inning gave the AL West-leading Rangers a 4-3 victory Tuesday night in an early August matchup of division leaders with a playoff-type atmosphere.

After go-ahead homers in two Texas victories over the last week, Murphy hit another homer before his game-winning single off Rivera (3-2) and getting mobbed by his teammates after rounding first base.

"Sweet stroke, that's what we call him," Rangers starter C.J. Wilson said.

"I've been taking the single approach up there and looking out over the plate and reacting," Murphy said. "It's working right now and I'll stick with it."

It was Rivera's first loss in 32 career appearances at Rangers Ballpark, where he had been 2-0 with 17 saves while the Yankees had won 29 consecutive games there since August 1996 when he pitched.

Michael Young scored the winning run after leading off the 10th with an infield single, beating Derek Jeter's throw after the shortstop made a backhanded stop deep in the hole. Josh Hamilton followed Young with a rolling single through the right side of the infield.

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who hit career homer No. 601, made a run-saving defensive play with a diving stop of Vladimir Guerrero's grounder to throw him out while the runners advanced only a base. Nelson Cruz was intentionally walked to load the bases before Murphy hit a liner that dropped in right-center.

"No matter how hard they're hit, it's a hit," Rivera said. "In the newspaper, it will be a line drive. So it doesn't matter, they're hits."

Rivera's impressive streak against the Rangers included appearances in three consecutive playoff series New York won in the late 1990s that ended Texas' only postseason appearances.

New York (69-43) still has the best record in baseball and Texas has by far the largest lead in any of baseball's six divisions. The Rangers (65-47) are 8 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels.

Murphy's two-run homer in the sixth put the Rangers ahead 3-2 after he threw out a runner out at home plate, helped by a nice snag by catcher Bengie Molina.

Rookie closer Neftali Feliz (3-2), the fifth Texas reliever, pitched two scoreless innings in his first appearance since Thursday.

There was a crowd of 46,121 for a midweek game that began with a 98-degree temperature - and on the same night the Dallas Cowboys drew more than 21,000 fans for a free public practice at their stadium across the street.

Rodriguez led off the eighth with his 18th homer this season, his 97th homer at Rangers Ballpark, his home for three seasons before getting traded to the Yankees before spring training in 2004.

Nick Swisher had a two-out RBI double to tie the game 1-all in the fifth, but was thrown out by several steps trying to score on Marcus Thames' hit when Molina snagged the short-hopped throw from Murphy in left field.

Molina made the nifty catch, dropped to his knees and casually tagged an obviously surprised Swisher, who rolled to the ground after trying to get around and then got up smiling.

"Two outs, you've got to send him," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It was a great play by Bengie Molina to hold the ball."

That wasn't the only defensive gem for the Rangers on a night when they tied a season-high with three errors.

Wilson fielded Jeter's high chopper on the run in the third inning and dived headfirst into first base to tag the bag with his glove just before Jeter got there. Jeter tumbled over the pitcher without stomping on him.

Wilson left with two on and one in the sixth after 96 pitches, and reliever Darren O'Day gave up an RBI single to Francisco Cervelli that put the Yankees up 2-1.

Yankees starter A.J. Burnett struck out four and allowed three runs over seven innings.


  • Despite giving up the RBI single to the only batter he faced, O'Day was credited with his team-record 27th consecutive scoreless appearance. Jeff Zimmerman had 26 straight in 1999.
  • Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was not in the lineup and won't even be in Texas for the two-game set. He remained home after the birth of his third child earlier Tuesday.
  • A fan sitting in the first row near the Yankees dugout was hit by parts of Jeter's shattered bat in the seventh. He was tended to by medical personnel for what appeared to be a slight cut on his head, then put his cap back on and stayed for the rest of the game.
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The Rangers storm the field after David Murphy's walk-off single with the bases loaded. (AP)
The Rangers storm the field after David Murphy's walk-off single with the bases loaded. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Murphy
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

M. Young
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4100111 .276
Nick Swisher, RF5021020 .296
Marcus Thames, DH5020032 .308
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4111100 .264
Austin Kearns, LF3120102 .272
    Curtis Granderson, PR-CF1000000 .239
Lance Berkman, 1B4000113 .237
Francisco Cervelli, C4011003 .255
Brett Gardner, CF-LF4000023 .279
Ramiro Pena, 2B2000000 .204
   a- Robinson Cano, PH-2B2010002 .330
a-grounded out for Pena in the 6th
2B - Nick Swisher (26, Wilson), Austin Kearns (19, Wilson)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (18, Francisco)
RBI - Nick Swisher (67), Alex Rodriguez (89), Francisco Cervelli (32)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Swisher (29)
CS - Alex Rodriguez (3, 3rd base by Wilson/Molina)
Team LOB - 9
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett 7633241 4.87
Boone Logan 0.1000010 2.96
David Robertson 1.2000210 3.95
Mariano Rivera (L,3-2) 0.1311100 1.09
IBB - Moreland by David Robertson, Cruz by Mariano Rivera
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 112-68, Boone Logan 4-3, David Robertson 29-15, Mariano Rivera 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 7-10, David Robertson 2-2, Mariano Rivera 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 29, Boone Logan 1, David Robertson 7, Mariano Rivera 5
Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS5010003 .274
Michael Young, 3B5220011 .291
Josh Hamilton, CF4010110 .354
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5100022 .298
Nelson Cruz, RF4011101 .313
David Murphy, LF3123210 .271
Jorge Cantu, 1B3010002 .265
Bengie Molina, C4010002 .246
Cristian Guzman, 2B3000011 .267
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH0000100 .280
    Andres Blanco, 2B0000000 .230
a-was walked intentionally for Guzman in the 9th
2B - Nelson Cruz (20, Burnett)
HR - David Murphy (8, Burnett)
SH - Jorge Cantu (1)
RBI - Nelson Cruz (62), David Murphy 3 (38)
2-OUT RBI - Nelson Cruz (22), David Murphy 2 (20)
SB - Nelson Cruz (15, 3rd base off Burnett/Cervelli), David Murphy (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1
DP - Guzman-Andrus-Cantu
E - Elvis Andrus (13, Throwing), C.J. Wilson (2, Throwing), Michael Young (16, )
Texas Rangers
C.J. Wilson 5.1522350 3.30
Darren O'Day0100000 1.18
Darren Oliver 0.2000010 2.30
Alexi Ogando (H,5) 1000020 1.14
Frank Francisco (BS,4) 1111101 3.75
Neftali Feliz (W,3-2) 2200010 3.35
WP - Frank Francisco (2)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 96-59, Darren O'Day 2-2, Darren Oliver 10-6, Alexi Ogando 13-11, Frank Francisco 22-11, Neftali Feliz 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 6-5, Darren Oliver 1-0, Alexi Ogando 1-0, Frank Francisco 1-2, Neftali Feliz 1-3
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 24, Darren O'Day 1, Darren Oliver 2, Alexi Ogando 3, Frank Francisco 5, Neftali Feliz 7
Game Information
Attendance - 46121
Game Time - 3:38
Temperature - 98
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Bill Hohn, Third Base - Gary Darling