Texas at New York

N.Y. Yankees
W: J. Grimm (7-5) L: A. Pettitte (5-6) S: J. Nathan (26)
HR: TEX - N. Cruz (20)   NYY - L. Overbay (9),I. Suzuki (5)

AL West-leading Rangers stay hot, down Yankees

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NEW YORK -- The heart of the order was in the middle of everything for Texas on Wednesday night.

Nelson Cruz homered and the Rangers got consecutive two-run doubles from Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski in an 8-5 victory over Andy Pettitte and the New York Yankees.

The 3-4-5-6 hitters in Texas' lineup combined to go 7 for 20 with three doubles and seven RBI.

"What was nice was to see the middle of my order come up big," manager Ron Washington said. "We need that. Without those guys doing what they did and what they are capable of doing, it would be a long year. They pulled it out for us tonight."

Rangers rookie Justin Grimm pitched just well enough to beat Pettitte, and the AL West leaders won for the seventh time in nine games following a six-game slide -- their longest of the season. Texas improved to 6-12 against the Yankees since the start of 2011, both perennial playoff teams this decade.

Lyle Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki homered for New York on a hectic day at Yankee Stadium, where baseball's most famous franchise announced that first baseman Mark Teixeira needs season-ending surgery on his right wrist.

Manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman also discussed the latest Alex Rodriguez drama, and the team said all parties involved are on the same page about posting injury updates on Twitter after A-Rod called Cashman for a clarification chat.

Grimm (7-5) allowed three runs in five-plus innings for his second straight win over a 2012 division champion.

"I guess a win's a win," he said. "I'd just love to be able to go deeper in the game, especially when I'm cruising like that, going at guys."

Pettitte (5-6) settled in after a rocky third but dropped his third start in a row since earning his 250th win. He has struggled since coming off the disabled list June 3 and is 2-6 in his last 10 starts since winning his first three of the season.

"My body is feeling good, my velocity is good, my command is good," Pettitte said. "It will turn. I've been through this before and it's worked out all right. I just want my body to keep feeling good."

Cruz, with little success against the Yankees in recent years, hit a two-run shot off struggling reliever Joba Chamberlain in the seventh to extend Texas' lead to 6-3 and tie a club record with his fifth consecutive 20-homer season.

Suzuki's two-run drive in the bottom half was a no-doubter into the second deck in right, the first homer all season off left-handed reliever Robbie Ross.

Not known for his power, Suzuki also hit a game-ending homer in the series opener Tuesday.

Tanner Scheppers worked a perfect eighth, one night after serving up Suzuki's clutch home run. Joe Nathan got three quick outs for his 26th save in 27 tries.

"Last night was a little tough to swallow," Beltre said. "But today we came back with a better attitude."

After an error by center fielder Brett Gardner, Texas scored two unearned runs in the ninth off Shawn Kelley on Lance Berkman's RBI single and Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly.

Beltre finished with three hits.

Overbay, the replacement for Teixeira, hit his ninth homer to the back of the Yankees' bullpen in right-center to give Pettitte a 1-0 lead in the second. But the left-hander, making his second start since turning 41, gave it right back.

A bunt single by Leonys Martin and a throwing error by third baseman Jayson Nix on Elvis Andrus' sacrifice helped Texas load the bases in the third. Beltre doubled off the left-field wall on an 0-2 delivery and Pierzynski hit the next pitch to right-center, making it 4-1.

"Obviously, when Nellie and Adrian are swinging the bat well it makes my job hitting behind them a lot easier," Pierzynski said. "But I think this team has prided itself on one through nine giving you tough at-bats and I think that we've kind of started to get healthy and guys have started to do that."

After a visit from pitching coach Larry Rothschild, Pettitte retired his next 10 batters and did not permit another run. He yielded three earned runs and six hits in six innings, striking out six.

Robinson Cano and Travis Hafner hit consecutive RBI singles off Ross in the sixth, cutting it to 4-3. The Yankees then loaded the bases but Nix grounded into an inning-ending double play.

"We closed their lead a couple of times. They've been really good. Tonight we gave them extra opportunities and they really cost us," Girardi said.


  • Coming into the game, Ross had held opposing hitters to 3 for 41 (.073) with runners in scoring position -- the best mark in the majors with a minimum of 20 at-bats.
  • Rangers RHP Joakim Soria, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, pitched a perfect inning in the rookie level Arizona League. His next scheduled outing is Friday for Triple-A Round Rock.
  • Yankees INF Eduardo Nunez (strained left oblique) was set to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Tampa.
  • The Yankees fell to 24-1 when scoring at least five runs.
  • Rangers LHP Derek Holland (5-4, 3.43 ERA) faces RHP Phil Hughes (3-6, 5.09) in the series finale Thursday afternoon.
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Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre finishes 3 for 5 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. (USATSI)
Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre finishes 3 for 5 with two doubles and a pair of RBI. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

A. Beltre
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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Elvis Andrus, SS4220001 .244
Nelson Cruz, RF5112015 .267
Adrian Beltre, 3B5232011 .299
A.J. Pierzynski, C5112013 .298
Lance Berkman, DH5021011 .263
Mitch Moreland, 1B4011023 .276
David Murphy, LF3000110 .218
Leonys Martin, CF4110012 .288
2B - Ian Kinsler (12, Kelley), Adrian Beltre 2 (19, Pettitte), A.J. Pierzynski (11, Pettitte)
HR - Nelson Cruz (20, Chamberlain)
SF - Mitch Moreland (3)
SH - Elvis Andrus (8)
RBI - Nelson Cruz 2 (57), Adrian Beltre 2 (41), A.J. Pierzynski 2 (26), Lance Berkman (34), Mitch Moreland (32)
SB - Leonys Martin (13, 2nd base off Pettitte/Stewart)
CS - Engel Beltre (1, 2nd base by Kelley/Romine)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Andrus-Moreland, Andrus-Moreland-Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland
Texas Rangers
Justin Grimm (W,7-5) 5633041 5.56
Robbie Ross (H,12) 1.2422121 1.93
Neal Cotts (H,5) 0.1000110 0.44
Tanner Scheppers (H,16) 1000010 1.11
Joe Nathan (S,26) 1000010 1.62
WP - Robbie Ross (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Grimm 78-50, Robbie Ross 37-21, Neal Cotts 8-4, Tanner Scheppers 9-6, Joe Nathan 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Grimm 6-4, Robbie Ross 1-1, Tanner Scheppers 1-1
Batters Faced - Justin Grimm 20, Robbie Ross 9, Neal Cotts 2, Tanner Scheppers 3, Joe Nathan 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Brett Gardner, CF5120021 .287
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4232001 .278
Robinson Cano, 2B3011101 .277
Travis Hafner, DH4011021 .223
Lyle Overbay, 1B4111013 .239
Zoilo Almonte, LF3000120 .368
Jayson Nix, 3B4000011 .244
Chris Stewart, C2010000 .252
    Vernon Wells, PH-RF2110000 .226
Alberto Gonzalez, SS4000012 .222
a-singled for Stewart in the 7th
2B - Ichiro Suzuki (7, Grimm), Chris Stewart (1, Grimm)
HR - Ichiro Suzuki (5, Ross), Lyle Overbay (9, Grimm)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (18), Robinson Cano (46), Travis Hafner (35), Lyle Overbay (34)
2-OUT RBI - Ichiro Suzuki 2 (6)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (12, 2nd base off Grimm/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 5
E - Brett Gardner (3, Dropped fly), Jayson Nix (6, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Andy Pettitte (L,5-6) 6643260 4.22
Joba Chamberlain 0.2422001 6.38
Preston Claiborne 0.1000000 1.52
Boone Logan 0.2000020 2.18
Shawn Kelley 1.1320000 4.34
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 107-72, Joba Chamberlain 19-13, Preston Claiborne 5-3, Boone Logan 9-8, Shawn Kelley 25-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 10-3, Joba Chamberlain 1-1
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 27, Joba Chamberlain 6, Preston Claiborne 1, Boone Logan 2, Shawn Kelley 7
Game Information
Attendance - 38264
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Dan Iassogna