And the Yankees still couldn't stop it from happening.
Borbon had a squeeze bunt to send home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Rangers went on to a 7-5 victory Saturday night after New York had come back from an early five-run deficit to tie the game.
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After Mitch Moreland had a leadoff double in the sixth off Boone Logan (1-2) and Chris Davis followed with a single, Girardi went to the mound -- not to make a pitching change, but to make sure his defense was ready for the play the Rangers had also used against them last season.
"Absolutely. That's why I went to the mound, to try to prepare for it. They had to execute. It's a gutsy call with nobody out, and they executed," Girardi said. "There's nothing you can do. Last year they executed a safety squeeze. This was just a squeeze."
With Moreland running toward home on a 1-1 pitch, Borbon - who had asked manager Ron Washington for the chance to bunt in that situation -- delivered for a 6-5 lead.
"We knew they were going to do something. I needed to throw strikes and get him out. He put down a perfect bunt and I charged it as best I could," Logan said. "He was coming all the way and there was no chance at the plate. It's frustrating. I don't want them to give up on me."
Arthur Rhodes (1-1), the third of five Texas pitchers, struck out the only two batters he faced. Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances. It was his first since returning Friday from a disabled list stint for shoulder inflammation.
Rangers starter Derek Holland was pitching with two outs and nobody on base in third, when everything starting coming apart for the left-hander.
Derek Jeter, playing his major league-record 2,303rd game at shortstop for the same team, doubled high off the left-field wall and Curtis Granderson walked before Mark Teixeira drove in a run with a bloop single to center. Alex Rodriguez then drew a walk to load the bases before Robinson Cano's hit a ball that got past a diving Borbon for a triple and got the Yankees within 5-4.
Jeter has played in 2,324 games overall since his major league debut in 1995, most of those at shortstop. Cal Ripken Jr. played in 2,302 games at shortstop during 21 seasons for Baltimore.
"It means you've been healthy for the most part and consistent long enough and good things happen," Jeter said.
Young's solo shot in the first barely cleared the 14-foot wall. His 21st career four-hit game pushed his AL-leading hits total to 47.
David Murphy led off the second with a ball that skimmed over the top of the 8-foot wall in right. Borbon's triple into the right-center gap came after Moreland singled and Davis walked. Ian Kinsler's sacrifice fly made it 5-0.
"[Colon] was just in the middle of the plate more. He didn't have his great stuff and that's going to happen from time to time," Girardi said. "This is a good hitting team and if you miss in the middle, they're going to hurt you."
Colon gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
"I think it was right to take me out of the game because Texas was hitting every pitch I was throwing," said Colon, who made his 28th career start against Texas. "Location was a problem today. The pitches were over the place."
Holland's shortest start of the season was done after his second consecutive leadoff walk to Jorge Posada, a .149 hitter batting eighth, to start the fourth. Holland walked five in his three-plus innings.
- Jeter entered the game matched with Cal Ripken Jr. for the most games at shortstop with one team. Jeter had two hits and his 2,956 match Willie Keeler for 30th on baseball's career list.
- Colon, in his 28th career start against Texas, gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
- After four consecutive games with no players having multihit games, the Rangers had four Saturday night (Young, Murphy, Moreland, Borbon).
- Cano was robbed of a hit in the second when he was thrown out by Young, who in his seventh start at second base this season went up the middle to field a short-hopper and then made a quick throw to first.
- The Yankees on Sunday wrap up a stretch of 16 games in 16 days before a day off. They are 8-7 in that span.