Rangers power up for big lead, hold off Yankees 7-6

NEW YORK (AP) Staring down Yankees slugger Gary Sanchez in the ninth inning, Matt Bush looked the part of a poised closer, even if the Texas Rangers right-hander hasn't felt it this week. Not after blowing saves on Monday and Friday.

Telling himself to breathe deep, Bush struck out Sanchez, stopping New York's charge from a seven-run deficit and giving the Rangers a 7-6 victory Sunday.

''That should be a huge confidence builder for him,'' manager Jeff Banister said.

Bush, a former top-overall draft pick as a shortstop who has salvaged a career following a prison sentence for drunk driving, has felt the weight of his recent struggles. After blowing a save last Monday against Toronto, Bush gave up a tying homer to New York's Brett Gardner on Friday in a 2-1, 10-inning loss.

''It's very tough,'' Bush said. ''You think about all kinds of stuff. You think about, `Am I going to be able to support my fianc�e? Am I going to be able to continue to play this game?'''

Bush got Sanchez swinging Sunday at a curveball in the dirt with Aaron Judge at first base, completing his ninth save. The closer said he was just trying to keep his mind in the right place on the Yankee Stadium mound.

''Look these hitters in the eye, let them know I'm coming right after them,'' Bush said.

Adrian Beltre, Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Robinson each homered off starter Michael Pineda to build the Rangers' big lead.

Robinson's solo shot was his first major league hit and put Texas up 7-0 in the fourth inning. The Rangers improved to 11-5 over their past 16 games.

New York rallied behind homers from Sanchez and Ronald Torreyes.

In the seventh inning, New York's Didi Gregorius lofted what would have been a go-ahead three-run homer down the right field line, but the ball was foul by about a foot.

Gregorius then singled off Alex Claudio to drive in a run and make it 7-6, but Sanchez was thrown out at third to end the inning.

''That was a mistake on my part,'' Sanchez said. ''I shouldn't be the last out at third base. I kept going and thought I had a chance. I didn't.''

Pineda (7-4) gave up seven runs in four innings, and the Yankees lost for the 10th time in 12 games since reaching a season-high 15 games over .500.

Nick Martinez (3-3) gave up four runs in five innings, including a three-run homer to Sanchez.

Judge had two hits and two walks.

BEATEN AND BRUISED

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks will go on the disabled list after injuring his ribcage on the right side during a check swing in the first inning. He was removed from the game before the fifth inning.

''They said the process is about three to four weeks,'' Hicks said. ''I'll do my best to get it done before that.''

Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees might activate outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury from the DL on Monday. Ellsbury has been out since May 24 with a concussion but played his second minor league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

New York was also without second baseman Starlin Castro, who got a shot in his wrist Saturday. Manager Joe Girardi said the wrist has bothered Castro for six weeks, but added that it's ''not a serious injury.''

''We said, let's get (the shot) because you'll get more than 24 hours (rest) in a sense, going from a day game to a night game,'' Girardi said.

OLD TIME'S SAKE

Jorge Posada, Tim Raines and 31 other former New York players gathered before the game for the 71st Old Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium. It was Posada's first go as an Old Timer after retiring following the 2011 season. The catcher called it ''strange'' to put on his gear again.

Raines was honored by New York ahead of his Hall of Fame induction next month. Former manager Joe Torre presented the speedy left fielder with a pair of seats from old Yankee Stadium, where Raines helped New York win championships in 1996 and '98.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Nomar Mazara was out of the lineup with a bruised right forearm. ... Slugger Joey Gallo sat for the second day in a row with a sore hamstring.

Yankees: OF Matt Holliday was held out of the lineup due to issues stemming from an allergic reaction he had in Oakland on June 17. Manager Joe Girardi said Holliday may go for more tests, although he was hoping to have the slugger back Monday. ... LHP CC Sabathia threw a 35-pitch bullpen, his first since going on the disabled list June 15 with a left hamstring strain. ... 1B Greg Bird ran on the field before the game, his first time running since a setback to his right ankle injury during a minor league rehab stint.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels is set to return from the DL in a start against RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-3, 2.99) and the Cleveland Indians. Hamels (2-0, 3.03) has been out for eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (5-4, 3.74) pitches the opener in a four-game road set with the Chicago White Sox. LHP David Holmberg (1-1, 2.84) is set to pitch for Texas.

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TEX38-37
330100000780
NYY40-33
0000402006110
  • W: N. Martinez (3-3)L: M. Pineda (7-4)S: M. Bush (9)
  • HR: TEX - A. Beltre (3), S. Choo (12), D. Robinson (1), NYY - G. Sanchez (13), R. Torreyes (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields LF32100110.292.358.357.7154.5
S. Choo RF31131112.262.385.443.8288.5
E. Andrus SS31110101.293.341.439.7794.0
A. Beltre 3B41121002.284.362.481.8437.0
R. Odor DH40100031.210.249.380.6291.5
C. Gomez CF40000031.256.335.506.841-1.5
J. Lucroy C41100001.267.308.381.6892.0
M. Napoli 1B40000021.192.272.418.690-1.0
D. Robinson 2B41211011.333.3331.0001.3337.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF50000011.257.337.470.807-0.5
    A. Hicks CF20100000.290.398.515.9131.0
    A. Romine 1B31000010.233.254.317.5710.5
    A. Judge DH32210201.332.440.6991.1397.0
    G. Sanchez C41131112.298.382.560.9428.5
    D. Gregorius SS40110010.312.332.478.8101.5
    C. Headley 3B40300010.253.341.373.7142.5
    T. Austin 1B-RF40100013.143.143.143.2860.5
    M. Williams RF-CF41100012.250.294.250.5441.5
    R. Torreyes 2B41111012.285.306.377.6835.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields (8), D. Robinson
      • HR - S. Choo (12), A. Beltre (3), D. Robinson
      • SH - D. DeShields (6)
      • RBI - S. Choo 3 (39), E. Andrus (41), A. Beltre 2 (18), D. Robinson
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 3 (15), D. Robinson
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Headley (14)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (13), R. Torreyes (2)
      • RBI - A. Judge (59), G. Sanchez 3 (37), D. Gregorius (29), R. Torreyes (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge (25), G. Sanchez 3 (13), D. Gregorius (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Odor (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Headley (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Choo (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Martinez (W, 3-3)5.06441314.551.2112.5
      E. Frieri (H, 1)1.01000100.001.072.5
      J. Leclerc (H, 7)0.21222013.051.21-5.0
      A. Claudio (H, 6)0.11000002.131.03-1.0
      K. Kela (H, 7)1.01000202.730.913.0
      M. Bush (S, 9)1.01000203.251.4510.0
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Martinez (W, 3-3)5.0
      E. Frieri (H, 1)1.0
      J. Leclerc (H, 7)0.2
      A. Claudio (H, 6)0.1
      K. Kela (H, 7)1.0
      M. Bush (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Pineda (L, 7-4)4.06771434.121.23-5.0
      T. Webb1.00002100.000.861.5
      C. Green2.01000202.100.786.0
      D. Betances1.01000101.111.112.5
      A. Chapman1.00000302.701.144.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Pineda (L, 7-4)4.0
      T. Webb1.0
      C. Green2.0
      D. Betances1.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - N. Martinez (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 88-58, E. Frieri 16-9, J. Leclerc 23-11, A. Claudio 5-3, K. Kela 16-12, M. Bush 21-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 6-7, J. Leclerc 1-1, K. Kela 1-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, E. Frieri 3, J. Leclerc 5, A. Claudio, K. Kela 4, M. Bush 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 71-48, T. Webb 21-11, C. Green 29-20, D. Betances 14-11, A. Chapman 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 6-2, T. Webb 1-0, C. Green 1-3, D. Betances 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 19, T. Webb 4, C. Green 7, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      TEX38-37
      330100000780
      NYY40-33
      0000402006110
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields LF32100110.292.358.357.7154.5
      S. Choo RF31131112.262.385.443.8288.5
      E. Andrus SS31110101.293.341.439.7794.0
      A. Beltre 3B41121002.284.362.481.8437.0
      R. Odor DH40100031.210.249.380.6291.5
      C. Gomez CF40000031.256.335.506.841-1.5
      J. Lucroy C41100001.267.308.381.6892.0
      M. Napoli 1B40000021.192.272.418.690-1.0
      D. Robinson 2B41211011.333.3331.0001.3337.5
      Total33787331110-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF50000011.257.337.470.807-0.5
        A. Hicks CF20100000.290.398.515.9131.0
        A. Romine 1B31000010.233.254.317.5710.5
        A. Judge DH32210201.332.440.6991.1397.0
        G. Sanchez C41131112.298.382.560.9428.5
        D. Gregorius SS40110010.312.332.478.8101.5
        C. Headley 3B40300010.253.341.373.7142.5
        T. Austin 1B-RF40100013.143.143.143.2860.5
        M. Williams RF-CF41100012.250.294.250.5441.5
        R. Torreyes 2B41111012.285.306.377.6835.5
        Total37611623811-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. DeShields (8), D. Robinson
          • HR - S. Choo (12), A. Beltre (3), D. Robinson
          • SH - D. DeShields (6)
          • RBI - S. Choo 3 (39), E. Andrus (41), A. Beltre 2 (18), D. Robinson
          • 2-Out RBI - S. Choo 3 (15), D. Robinson
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Headley (14)
          • HR - G. Sanchez (13), R. Torreyes (2)
          • RBI - A. Judge (59), G. Sanchez 3 (37), D. Gregorius (29), R. Torreyes (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Judge (25), G. Sanchez 3 (13), D. Gregorius (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Odor (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - C. Headley (2)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - S. Choo (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Martinez (W, 3-3)5.06441314.551.2112.5
          E. Frieri (H, 1)1.01000100.001.072.5
          J. Leclerc (H, 7)0.21222013.051.21-5.0
          A. Claudio (H, 6)0.11000002.131.03-1.0
          K. Kela (H, 7)1.01000202.730.913.0
          M. Bush (S, 9)1.01000203.251.4510.0
          Total9.21288583---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Martinez (W, 3-3)5.0
          E. Frieri (H, 1)1.0
          J. Leclerc (H, 7)0.2
          A. Claudio (H, 6)0.1
          K. Kela (H, 7)1.0
          M. Bush (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.2
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Pineda (L, 7-4)4.06771434.121.23-5.0
          T. Webb1.00002100.000.861.5
          C. Green2.01000202.100.786.0
          D. Betances1.01000101.111.112.5
          A. Chapman1.00000302.701.144.5
          Total9.08773113---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Pineda (L, 7-4)4.0
          T. Webb1.0
          C. Green2.0
          D. Betances1.0
          A. Chapman1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - N. Martinez (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 88-58, E. Frieri 16-9, J. Leclerc 23-11, A. Claudio 5-3, K. Kela 16-12, M. Bush 21-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 6-7, J. Leclerc 1-1, K. Kela 1-0
          • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, E. Frieri 3, J. Leclerc 5, A. Claudio, K. Kela 4, M. Bush 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Pineda 71-48, T. Webb 21-11, C. Green 29-20, D. Betances 14-11, A. Chapman 14-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Pineda 6-2, T. Webb 1-0, C. Green 1-3, D. Betances 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Pineda 19, T. Webb 4, C. Green 7, D. Betances 4, A. Chapman 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gregorius singled to right, Judge scored, Sanchez out at third76
            Torreyes homered to left75
          • 5TH INNING
            Sanchez homered to center, Romine and Judge scored74
            Judge singled to center, Williams scored, Romine to second71
          • 4TH INNING
            Robinson homered to center70
          • 2ND INNING
            Choo homered to right center, Lucroy and DeShields scored60
          • 1ST INNING
            Beltre homered to left center, Andrus scored30
            Andrus singled to left, DeShields scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
            • M. Napoli: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Robinson struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Bush relieved Keone Kela
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Romine popped out to first
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge singled to left
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Dellin Betances relieved Chad Green
            • A. Beltre: Beltre popped out to second
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Odor singled to left
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor stole second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Alex Claudio
            • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Headley doubled to deep right
            • T. Austin: Ball, Austin grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Williams struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Green Pitching:
            • D. Robinson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Robinson doubled to deep right
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Robinson to third
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus flied out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Ernesto Frieri
            • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torreyes homered to left
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner popped out to second
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to second
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked, Judge to second
            • Alex Claudio relieved Jose Leclerc
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gregorius singled to right, Judge scored, Sanchez out at third
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Chad Green relieved Tyler Webb
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lucroy lined out to second
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Napoli popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ernesto Frieri relieved Nick Martinez
            • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Headley singled to center
            • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Austin struck out looking
            • M. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Headley caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Williams fouled out to third
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Tyler Webb relieved Michael Pineda
            • Austin Romine at first
            • Tyler Austin in right
            • Mason Williams in center
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Andrus walked, Choo to second
            • A. Beltre: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Beltre grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Choo to third, Andrus out at second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • M. Williams: Strike looking, Williams singled to right
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Torreyes lined out to third
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner flied out to center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike looking, Williams to second on wild pitch
            • A. Judge: Judge singled to center, Williams scored, Romine to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Sanchez homered to center, Romine and Judge scored
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy lined out to center
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • D. Robinson: Robinson homered to center
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, DeShields grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Headley singled to left
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Austin lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Beltre grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Odor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gomez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Torreyes grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner flied out to right
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to left
            • M. Napoli: Foul, Ball, Napoli popped out to second
            • D. Robinson: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Robinson grounded out to pitcher, Lucroy to second
            • D. DeShields: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields walked
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Foul, Choo homered to right center, Lucroy and DeShields scored
            • E. Andrus: Foul, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Headley struck out swinging
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Austin singled to left center
            • M. Williams: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Williams reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Austin out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Pineda Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields doubled to left
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Choo grounded out to first, DeShields to third
            • E. Andrus: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Andrus singled to left, DeShields scored
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike looking, Beltre homered to left center, Andrus scored
            • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Gomez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hicks flied out to deep left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Sanchez fouled out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)