Worth the wait: Bibens-Dirkx pitches Rangers past Yanks 8-1

NEW YORK (AP) A dozen years of minor league bus rides paid off with a day in the sun at Yankee Stadium for Austin Bibens-Dirkx.

The 32-year-old rookie with a last name right off the Scrabble board pitched seven dazzling innings Saturday, sending the Texas Rangers to an 8-1 victory over New York .

Carlos Gomez and Robinson Chirinos homered for the Rangers, who rebounded quickly from a tough loss that ended at 12:19 a.m. The teams were back on the field less than 13 hours later, and Bibens-Dirkx (3-0) lulled a dangerous lineup to sleep in his first shot at the famous Yankees.

''I'm trying to enjoy every moment,'' he said with a smile. ''I got to pitch in Yankee Stadium. It was awesome.''

Promoted to the bigs last month for the very first time, Bibens-Dirkx allowed only Aaron Judge's major league-leading 26th home run in his fourth career start.

Filling a spot in Texas' injury-depleted rotation, the right-hander scattered five hits and walked one - his first batter, on four pitches. He regrouped immediately and kept the Yankees off balance by consistently changing speeds.

''The efficiency of the pitches is really what is the most impressive thing that we've seen from him,'' Rangers manager Jeff Banister said, noting how calm Bibens-Dirkx is on the mound. ''He's always been a student of the game.''

Mixing his low-90s (mph) fastball with a slider, changeup and curve, Bibens-Dirkx threw only 93 pitches and never faced more than four batters in an inning. He struck out three.

Not bad for a guy who was pitching in the independent Atlantic League last year. In fact, Bibens-Dirkx bounced all around the minors and to winter leagues in Venezuela and the Dominican Republic before finally getting his chance.

Fittingly, his odd name is misspelled in the player development section of Texas' media guide, missing the ''x'' in Bibens-Dirkx.

''It's still kind of surreal,'' he said . ''Every outing that I have that I'm successful, it reassures me that, you can do this.''

After rallying to win the rain-delayed series opener 2-1 in 10 innings Friday night, the scuffling Yankees lost for the ninth time in 11 games. New York began the day leading the AL East by a percentage point over Boston.

Elvis Andrus had a pair of run-scoring hits for Texas (37-37), which has won 10 of 15.

Luis Cessa (0-2) flashed swing-and-miss stuff in his second start this season. Pitching in place of injured CC Sabathia, the right-hander struck out eight in five innings. He was charged with three runs and three hits.

Gomez hit a two-run shot off Cessa in the fourth and Texas broke it open with four in the ninth against struggling reliever Tyler Clippard, including a two-run double by Shin-Soo Choo.

Gomez also scored on a wild pitch from Clippard, booed lustily by the crowd of 40,225.

''He's really in a funk and we've got to get him out of it,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said .

SLOW START

Rookie 1B Tyler Austin had a rough day for the Yankees in his first major league game this season. ''Probably tried to do a little too much,'' Girardi said. Austin struck out his first two times up and grounded into a seventh-inning double play. ''It wasn't ideal. I let the game speed up on me a little bit today,'' he said. Austin was called up from Triple-A late Friday night when New York cut slumping 1B Chris Carter, designating him for assignment. Before the game, Girardi said Austin will be the everyday first baseman for now.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: Young slugger Joey Gallo was out of the lineup to rest a sore hamstring. ... LHP Martin Perez went on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to Friday, after injuring the thumb on his non-pitching hand in an accident at the team hotel. INF-OF Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Yankees: CF Jacoby Ellsbury (concussion) was scheduled to begin a rehab assignment by playing five innings in the field for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He will be the DH on Sunday and then shift to Double-A Trenton on Monday, when Scranton/Wilkes-Barre goes on the road. ... LF Brett Gardner and C Gary Sanchez were rested after the long night Friday. ... 3B Chase Headley missed his third consecutive game due to back spasms. ... RHP Adam Warren (shoulder inflammation) was scheduled to play catch.

SIGN `EM UP

The Yankees signed first-round draft pick Clarke Schmidt, a right-hander selected 16th overall out of South Carolina. Schmidt had Tommy John surgery in the spring.

UP NEXT

Rangers: Coming off a terrific performance in a win over Toronto, RHP Nick Martinez (2-3, 4.33 ERA) starts the series finale Sunday. Martinez played his college ball in the Bronx at nearby Fordham, where he was primarily a second baseman. He has made three previous starts at Yankee Stadium, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

Yankees: The 71st annual Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium is scheduled to feature 2017 Hall of Fame inductee Tim Raines, who will be recognized during a special ceremony. In addition, longtime catcher Jorge Posada plans to make his Old Timers' Day debut. Once the former players are done, RHP Michael Pineda (7-3, 3.56) takes the mound for New York. Pineda is 6-1 with a 1.92 ERA in eight home starts this season but 0-3 with a 4.35 ERA in five career games against Texas.

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TEX37-37
100200104880
NYY40-32
000001000150
  • W: A. Bibens-Dirkx (3-0)L: L. Cessa (0-2)
  • HR: TEX - R. Chirinos (10), C. Gomez (10), NYY - A. Judge (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields LF42100101.291.355.352.7066.0
S. Choo RF51120022.261.384.432.8154.0
E. Andrus DH50220001.292.339.440.7795.0
A. Beltre 3B40200111.286.367.455.8213.5
R. Odor 2B41000024.209.249.382.6310.0
C. Gomez CF32121123.262.342.517.85910.0
M. Napoli 1B40000012.196.277.426.702-0.5
R. Chirinos C32111120.242.333.589.9237.0
P. Kozma SS30000021.118.231.206.4370.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Williams CF30100101.250.308.250.5586.0
    A. Hicks LF40000012.288.397.515.913-0.5
    A. Judge RF41111012.328.434.6991.1335.5
    M. Holliday DH40000011.262.366.511.877-0.5
    S. Castro 2B40100010.315.350.490.8400.5
    D. Gregorius SS30100001.313.333.483.8161.0
    T. Austin 1B30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
    R. Torreyes 3B30000001.286.308.357.6650.0
    A. Romine C30100000.239.260.325.5851.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (5), E. Andrus (18), A. Beltre (7)
      • HR - C. Gomez (10), R. Chirinos (10)
      • RBI - S. Choo 2 (36), E. Andrus 2 (40), C. Gomez 2 (29), R. Chirinos (23)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (12), E. Andrus (15)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Judge (26)
      • RBI - A. Judge (58)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields (18), C. Gomez (6)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Williams 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 3-0)7.05111313.681.0125.5
      A. Claudio (H, 5)1.00000102.151.013.5
      K. Kela1.00000202.830.914.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 3-0)7.0
      A. Claudio (H, 5)1.0
      K. Kela1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Cessa (L, 0-2)5.03332816.571.306.0
      J. Holder1.22110213.861.351.0
      T. Webb1.10000100.000.003.5
      T. Clippard1.03442104.851.28-5.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Cessa (L, 0-2)5.0
      J. Holder1.2
      T. Webb1.1
      T. Clippard1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 93-58, A. Claudio 11-8, K. Kela 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 7-10, A. Claudio 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 26, A. Claudio 3, K. Kela 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Clippard (3)
      • HBP - L. Cessa
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 86-55, J. Holder 27-17, T. Webb 17-11, T. Clippard 36-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 4-3, T. Webb 1-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 21, J. Holder 7, T. Webb 4, T. Clippard 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TEX37-37
      100200104880
      NYY40-32
      000001000150
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields LF42100101.291.355.352.7066.0
      S. Choo RF51120022.261.384.432.8154.0
      E. Andrus DH50220001.292.339.440.7795.0
      A. Beltre 3B40200111.286.367.455.8213.5
      R. Odor 2B41000024.209.249.382.6310.0
      C. Gomez CF32121123.262.342.517.85910.0
      M. Napoli 1B40000012.196.277.426.702-0.5
      R. Chirinos C32111120.242.333.589.9237.0
      P. Kozma SS30000021.118.231.206.4370.0
      Total35887241215-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Williams CF30100101.250.308.250.5586.0
        A. Hicks LF40000012.288.397.515.913-0.5
        A. Judge RF41111012.328.434.6991.1335.5
        M. Holliday DH40000011.262.366.511.877-0.5
        S. Castro 2B40100010.315.350.490.8400.5
        D. Gregorius SS30100001.313.333.483.8161.0
        T. Austin 1B30000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
        R. Torreyes 3B30000001.286.308.357.6650.0
        A. Romine C30100000.239.260.325.5851.0
        Total3115111610-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Choo (5), E. Andrus (18), A. Beltre (7)
          • HR - C. Gomez (10), R. Chirinos (10)
          • RBI - S. Choo 2 (36), E. Andrus 2 (40), C. Gomez 2 (29), R. Chirinos (23)
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 2 (12), E. Andrus (15)
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Judge (26)
          • RBI - A. Judge (58)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. DeShields (18), C. Gomez (6)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Williams 2 (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 3-0)7.05111313.681.0125.5
          A. Claudio (H, 5)1.00000102.151.013.5
          K. Kela1.00000202.830.914.0
          Total9.0511161---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Bibens-Dirkx (W, 3-0)7.0
          A. Claudio (H, 5)1.0
          K. Kela1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Cessa (L, 0-2)5.03332816.571.306.0
          J. Holder1.22110213.861.351.0
          T. Webb1.10000100.000.003.5
          T. Clippard1.03442104.851.28-5.5
          Total9.08884122---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Cessa (L, 0-2)5.0
          J. Holder1.2
          T. Webb1.1
          T. Clippard1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Bibens-Dirkx 93-58, A. Claudio 11-8, K. Kela 14-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Bibens-Dirkx 7-10, A. Claudio 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Bibens-Dirkx 26, A. Claudio 3, K. Kela 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Clippard (3)
          • HBP - L. Cessa
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Cessa 86-55, J. Holder 27-17, T. Webb 17-11, T. Clippard 36-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Cessa 4-3, T. Webb 1-2
          • Batters Faced - L. Cessa 21, J. Holder 7, T. Webb 4, T. Clippard 8
          • 9TH INNING
            Andrus doubled to deep left, Choo scored81
            Choo doubled to deep right center, Chirinos and DeShields scored71
            Gomez scored on wild pitch51
          • 7TH INNING
            Chirinos homered to left center41
          • 6TH INNING
            Judge homered to left center31
          • 4TH INNING
            Gomez homered to left, Odor scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Andrus singled to right, DeShields scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tyler Clippard relieved Tyler Webb
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gomez walked
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gomez stole second, Napoli flied out to left, Gomez to third
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Gomez scored on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Chirinos walked
            • P. Kozma: Kozma fouled out to shortstop
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields singled to right, Chirinos to second
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo doubled to deep right center, Chirinos and DeShields scored
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Andrus doubled to deep left, Choo scored
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Alex Claudio
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Foul, Holliday popped out to first
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Webb Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Beltre flied out to center
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Claudio relieved Austin Bibens-Dirkx
            • A. Romine: Ball, Strike looking, Romine grounded out to second
            • M. Williams: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Williams lined out to left
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Holder Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos homered to left center
            • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Kozma struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeShields lined out to shortstop
            • Tyler Webb relieved Jonathan Holder
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius singled to left
            • T. Austin: Austin grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gregorius out at second
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes flied out to right
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Jonathan Holder relieved Luis Cessa
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Beltre doubled to deep center
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Odor flied out to deep right, Beltre to third
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Napoli flied out to left
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Judge homered to left center
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Ball, Holliday grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Castro: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kozma hit by pitch
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields lined out to right
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Choo lined out to second
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Kozma out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Torreyes grounded out to third
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Romine singled to right center
            • M. Williams: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Williams flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beltre walked
            • R. Odor: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Odor reached on fielder's choice to second, Beltre out at second
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gomez homered to left, Odor scored
            • M. Napoli: Napoli popped out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Chirinos struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
            • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Ball, Romine grounded out to third
            • M. Williams: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Williams singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hicks flied out to right
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Williams stole second, Judge flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • P. Kozma: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Kozma struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to center
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Gregorius flied out to deep center
            • T. Austin: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Torreyes flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Cessa Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, DeShields stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Foul, Andrus singled to right, DeShields scored
            • A. Beltre: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Beltre singled to center, Andrus to third
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Bibens-Dirkx Pitching:
            • M. Williams: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Williams walked
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Williams stole second, Ball, Hicks fouled out to first
            • A. Judge: Judge flied out to center
            • M. Holliday: Holliday flied out to deep right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)