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Mo blows save, Yanks' perfect mark with lead in ninth

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Mariano Rivera stood on the mound with his hands on his hips. He couldn't believe what he just did, couldn't believe the Yankees just found another wild way to lose.

And he probably wasn't too fond of the Texas Rangers celebrating as if they had won more than just a second straight marathon.

Pitching in the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Rivera allowed a tying double to Ian Kinsler, then plunked Jeff Francoeur on the left shoulder with the bases loaded, giving the Rangers a 7-6 victory over the Yankees on Saturday night.

Postseason Chase

New York had been a majors-best 76-0 when leading after eight innings. Rivera had never lost on a game-ending hit batter, according to STATS LLC.

It was the first time the Rangers had ever won a game on a plunked final batter. The last team to win that way was the Yankees, against the Athletics on July 19, 2008.

"That's a first for me; I'm pretty sure I won't see it again," Texas captain Michael Young said. "Against Mariano, you take it any way you can get it. It was fun to be involved in."

Long, too.

The game lasted 4 hours, 16 minutes, the second-longest nine-inning game in Rangers history. But that doesn't count the 59-minute rain delay in the bottom of the fifth. The really draining part is that it came the day after a 13-inning game that took 5 hours, 12 minutes.

Rivera (3-3) threw two innings in that game, but didn't blame the workload on his poor outing. It was his third blown save in 32 chances. He had nailed his last 11.

"In a situation like that, I can't walk the leadoff batter," Rivera said. "That's what bothers me most."

What he failed to mention is that the leadoff batter was Vladimir Guerrero, who from time to time will swing at anything from his cleats to his batting helmet, and from dugout to dugout.

Nelson Cruz, who hit solo homers for the tying and winning runs Friday night, followed with a long at-bat that ended with a single to right, moving pinch-runner Esteban German to third base. Then Kinsler doubled down the third-base line to tie it.

"I fell behind and he hit the ball in the perfect place," Rivera said. "He didn't hit it hard, he placed it. You want a ground ball, but it was in the right place."

After an intentional walk to load the bases, Rivera's first pitch hit Francoeur. His reaction probably overemphasized the blow, but it made certain what had happened.

"I was looking for that cutter, but it kept running and running and it hit me," Francoeur said. "I'll take it every day."

As Cruz trotted home for the winning run, teammates rushed to the greet him at the plate for a second straight night.

Team owner Nolan Ryan smiled and led the cheers from the front row. Much of the crowd of 49,210 -- second-largest this season -- stuck around to watch the Rangers win their fourth straight game, and second straight over a possible first-round playoff foe, all after blowing leads of 4-2 and 5-3.

"We enjoy these kind of games," Young said. "They're long and emotionally taxing, but they're the kind you want to be involved in."

The Yankees lost for the fifth time in six games. Their lead in the AL East dipped to a half-game because Tampa Bay beat Toronto 13-1.

Alex Rodriguez put New York ahead 6-5 with a three-run double in the eighth. But the Yankees ultimately were bitten by some earlier missed opportunities -- leaving the bases loaded in the second and sixth, and pinch-hitter Jorge Posada hitting into a double-play with one out and the bases loaded in the seventh.

Alexi Ogando (4-1) pitched the ninth for the victory.

Mark Teixeira was 2 for 4 and scored twice for New York. Lance Berkman went 2 for 3 with two walks and an RBI; he has seven hits in his last 12 at-bats. Francisco Cervelli reached base in his first four plate appearances, with a single and three walks. He also walked three times Friday night.

Guerrero had three hits and two RBI. Francoeur broke a tie earlier in the game with a sacrifice fly. Elvis Andrus and Mitch Moreland also had RBI.

It was hot and humid before the rain. New York starter A.J. Burnett seemed to have trouble with his grip late in innings, as his sweat built up. Neither starter returned after the rain delay.

Burnett gave up two runs and four hits over four innings, with six strikeouts and three walks.

Texas starter Tommy Hunter allowed two runs and six hits over five innings, with a career-high eight strikeouts.

Notes

  • Yankees SS Derek Jeter, mired in slumps of 2 for 18 and 7 for 61, did not start for just the sixth time this season. Manager Joe Girardi insisted it was because of the long game Friday night.
  • Hunter, who has had two strikeout-free starts this season, got his eight Ks in the first 12 outs.
  • Burnett ended all four of his innings with a strikeout.
  • Posada is scheduled to be back behind the plate Sunday after missing three starts with concussion symptoms.
 
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Ian Kinsler and the Rangers celebrate another walk-off win in a lengthy contest against the Yankees.  (AP)
Ian Kinsler and the Rangers celebrate another walk-off win in a lengthy contest against the Yankees. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

V. Guerrero
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF2000112 .280
   a- Austin Kearns, PH-LF1000011 .267
   b- Marcus Thames, PH1000001 .311
    Greg Golson, LF0000000 .375
Nick Swisher, RF6110027 .289
Mark Teixeira, 1B4220110 .263
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4013121 .272
Robinson Cano, 2B5120013 .318
Lance Berkman, DH3121200 .253
Curtis Granderson, CF4020113 .247
Ramiro Pena, SS3000003 .231
   c- Jorge Posada, PH1000001 .260
    Eduardo Nunez, SS1010000 .302
Francisco Cervelli, C1111300 .258
Totals36612599  
a-hit by pitch for Gardner in the 6th
b-flied out for Kearns in the 9th
c-grounded into a double play for Pena in the 7th
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (29, Harrison), Robinson Cano (37, Hunter)
SH - Francisco Cervelli (8)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 3 (105), Lance Berkman (54), Francisco Cervelli (34)
2-OUT RBI - Francisco Cervelli (23)
SB - Eduardo Nunez (4, 2nd base off Ogando/Treanor)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brett Gardner 1
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Burnett 4422360 5.13
Chad Gaudin 1322010 5.43
Boone Logan 0.1000110 2.31
David Robertson 1.1311110 3.76
Jonathan Albaladejo 0.1000010 2.08
Kerry Wood (H,8) 1100000 3.49
Mariano Rivera (BS,3; L,3-3) 0.1222200 1.36
IBB - Davis by Mariano Rivera
HBP - Francoeur (by Mariano Rivera)
WP - A.J. Burnett (15)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 83-48, Chad Gaudin 19-15, Boone Logan 9-4, David Robertson 36-22, Jonathan Albaladejo 6-3, Kerry Wood 9-7, Mariano Rivera 21-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 3-3, David Robertson 1-2, Kerry Wood 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 19, Chad Gaudin 5, Boone Logan 2, David Robertson 8, Jonathan Albaladejo 1, Kerry Wood 4, Mariano Rivera 6
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS3111122 .273
Michael Young, 3B5000004 .286
David Murphy, LF-CF4210111 .284
Vladimir Guerrero, DH4032101 .304
    Esteban German, PR-DH0100000 .000
Nelson Cruz, RF-LF5220033 .314
Ian Kinsler, 2B4121100 .296
Mitch Moreland, 1B4011022 .263
    Chris Davis, 1B0000100 .188
Matt Treanor, C2010212 .224
   a- Andres Blanco, PH1000003 .283
Julio Borbon, CF2010011 .273
   b- Jeff Francoeur, PH-RF1012000 .242
Totals357137710  
a-popped out for Treanor in the 9th
b-hit a sacrifice fly for Borbon in the 6th
Batting
2B - Vladimir Guerrero (24, Burnett), Ian Kinsler (16, M. Rivera)
SF - Jeff Francoeur (11)
SH - Elvis Andrus (16)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (34), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (104), Ian Kinsler (41), Mitch Moreland (17), Jeff Francoeur 2 (57)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (20), Vladimir Guerrero 2 (49), Mitch Moreland (4)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus, Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hunter 5622380 3.97
Michael Kirkman 0.2100100 0.77
Rich Harden 0.2211100 5.42
Pedro Strop (H,1) 1011210 9.72
Matt Harrison (BS,1)0222100 4.11
Clay Rapada 0.2000100 0.00
Alexi Ogando (W,4-1) 1100000 1.34
IBB - Berkman by Clay Rapada
HBP - Kearns (by Rich Harden)
WP - Pedro Strop (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 98-63, Michael Kirkman 14-7, Rich Harden 25-13, Pedro Strop 22-10, Matt Harrison 7-2, Clay Rapada 12-4, Alexi Ogando 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 3-3, Michael Kirkman 1-1, Pedro Strop 1-0, Alexi Ogando 2-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 23, Michael Kirkman 4, Rich Harden 6, Pedro Strop 4, Matt Harrison 3, Clay Rapada 3, Alexi Ogando 4
Game Information
Attendance - 49210
Game Time - 4:16
Temperature - 92
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott