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Darvish 8 Ks as Rangers beat Jeter, Yankees 4-2

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish could only smile after Brett Gardner homered off of him for the third time in a week.

Darvish got really emotional after his last pitch, with Gardner and Derek Jeter both on base again for the New York Yankees.

After striking out his final batter to get out of that jam in the seventh, Darvish shouted out and pumped his fist several times coming off the mound, and the Rangers held on for a 4-2 victory Monday night.

''I'm just glad they didn't tie the game,'' Darvish said through his translator about his rare emphatic response. ''It was late in the game, and it was a close game, and it got close to a win, so I think I just showed emotions because of that.''

Darvish (10-6) struck out eight in seven innings, the biggest coming when Brian McCann swung and missed to end the seventh.

''That was an example of his competitive juices,'' manager Ron Washington said. ''Once he got out of that inning, he should show excitement. I'm glad he did, because it was a tense time.''

J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth, when the Rangers scored all of their runs with five consecutive batters reaching base with two outs.

Gardner homered twice and Jeter had three hits to pass Carl Yastrzemski for seventh place on the hits list. The rest of the Yankees managed only three hits off Darvish, who threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes five days after losing a rain-shortened game in New York.

David Phelps (5-5) lost for the first time in nine starts, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings. The right-hander, like Darvish, was credited with a complete game last Wednesday in the 2-1 Yankees victory that didn't resume after rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The Yankees led 2-0 after Gardner homered in the fifth, an at-bat started with him taking three consecutive curveballs in the mid-60s, the first two of them strikes. Darvish smiled Gardner after homered on a 2-2 pitch, an 85-mph slider left over the plate that just cleared the center field wall.

Gardner, also homered in the third, and has 12 homers after the first multihomer game of his career. He also went deep off Darvish last week, though he has little explanation for his success against the Japanese ace.

''I'm not sure. I try to get good at-bats. Small sample size,'' Gardner said. ''It's hard to have confidence in the batter's box when he's on the mound.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira played for the first time in eight games when he had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning, then was lifted for a pinch runner. Teixeira took groundballs and batting practice on the field with hopes of being back in the starting lineup Tuesday. Teixeira said the back spasms that have bothered him are gone. ''I feel better now than I've felt in over a month,'' he said.

Rangers: RHP Nick Tepesch, who left Saturday's start with a sore left knee, will have to throw a bullpen session before the Rangers determine if he will start Friday night at Cleveland. ''We still want to see how he does,'' Washington said.

ON DECK

Yankees: Brandon McCarthy makes his fourth start for the Yankees since being acquired from Arizona on July 6. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who pitched for Texas from 2007-09, is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA for New York, and is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA in his last five starts overall.

Rangers: Rookie right-hander Nick Martinez (1-6) makes his second consecutive start against the Yankees since coming off the disabled list. He threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings last Tuesday, a game the Rangers lost in 14 innings.

JETER PASSES YAZ: Jeter now has 3,420th career hit, one more than Yastrzemski. Next on the list is Honus Wagner at 3,430. ''It's tough to enjoy when you lose the game,'' Jeter said.

RANGERS RELIEF: After Neal Cotts worked a scoreless eighth, Neftali Feliz got out Gardner and Jeter in a perfect ninth for his second save since taking back the closer role last week after Joakim Soria was traded.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

B. Gardner
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 2
Texas

J. Arencibia
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, CF5232000.276.352.437
Derek Jeter, SS4030100.278.333.329
Brian McCann, 1B4000025.240.292.376
Carlos Beltran, DH4020022.232.290.428
Chase Headley, 3B4010012.239.299.369
Francisco Cervelli, C4010002.310.364.465
Brian Roberts, 2B3000012.237.300.360
   a-Mark Teixeira, PH1010000.234.332.445
   Brendan Ryan, PR-2B0000000.211.258.228
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3000012.269.320.316
   b-Zelous Wheeler, PH-RF1000002.267.267.467
Zoilo Almonte, LF3000010.143.143.250
   c-Jacoby Ellsbury, PH1000000.282.346.406
David Phelps, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals37211218    
a-singled for B. Roberts in the 8th
b-popped out for Suzuki in the 8th
c-fouled out for Almonte in the 9th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (11, Darvish)
HR - Brett Gardner 2 (12, Darvish)
RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (45)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner (12)
SB - Derek Jeter (8, 2nd base off Darvish/Gimenez)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Brian McCann (2, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (L,5-5) 6844130 3.89
Shawn Kelley 1.2000120 3.51
Matt Thornton 0.1000010 2.66
HBP - Andrus (by David Phelps)
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 96-66, Shawn Kelley 22-14, Matt Thornton 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 8-8, Shawn Kelley 2-1
Batters Faced - David Phelps 29, Shawn Kelley 6, Matt Thornton 1
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4010001.243.354.367
Elvis Andrus, SS3111001.264.312.339
Alex Rios, DH4120002.301.329.427
Adrian Beltre, 3B4111002.323.368.518
Jim Adduci, LF3000112.263.326.342
J.P. Arencibia, 1B4012010.152.196.303
   Adam Rosales, 1B0000000.250.333.417
Leonys Martin, CF4000022.260.317.364
Chris Gimenez, C3110110.270.336.370
Rougned Odor, 2B4010011.272.308.401
Yu Darvish, P0000000.200.200.400
   Neal Cotts, P0000000.000.000.000
   Neftali Feliz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3348426    
Batting
2B - Shin-Soo Choo (16, Phelps), Adrian Beltre (22, Phelps)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (25), Adrian Beltre (56), J.P. Arencibia 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (13), Adrian Beltre (26), J.P. Arencibia 2 (3)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Odor-Arencibia
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yu Darvish (W,10-6) 7922182 2.90
Neal Cotts (H,13) 1200000 3.20
Neftali Feliz (S,2) 1000000 2.19
WP - Yu Darvish (13)
Pitches-Strikes - Yu Darvish 108-80, Neal Cotts 15-11, Neftali Feliz 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yu Darvish 6-6, Neftali Feliz 2-1
Batters Faced - Yu Darvish 30, Neal Cotts 5, Neftali Feliz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 44508
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Lance Barrett, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Pat Hoberg