Perez wins 7th in a row; Rangers rally to beat Yankees 11-5

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Texas left-hander Martin Perez has gained confidence from his recent success. Plus, the Rangers always seem to score a lot of runs when he's on the mound.

Perez won his seventh straight start even after two early four-run deficits as the playoff-hopeful Rangers rallied for an 11-5 victory Friday night over the AL wild card-leading New York Yankees.

''I'm just trying to stay in the game because we've been up the last month. We're hitting good,'' Perez said. ''Five runs is not enough for us to lose a game.''

After being down 4-0 and 5-1, the Rangers went ahead to stay with a four-run fifth that was capped by Elvis Andrus' tiebreaking two-run single that made it 7-5. He was the first hitter after Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka left with two on and no outs.

Perez (12-10) became the first Rangers pitcher to win seven straight starts since Kenny Rogers set the club record in 2005 with eight in a row. The left-hander allowed five runs, only two earned, over 5 2/3 innings.

''There was no panic in his game, even when we got down. Continued to try to make pitches to get the outs that we needed,'' manager Jeff Banister said. ''Kept us in the fight really. Something that early in the season we didn't see from him.''

Nomar Mazara homered for Texas (71-69), which stayed within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the AL's second wild card. The Twins won at Kansas City to move within 1 1/2 games of New York (75-65).

Tanaka (11-11), who had won his last three starts, struck out seven. But the right-hander allowed seven runs and eight hits, and had a wild pitch that allowed Robinson Chirinos to score the tying run.

''I feel responsible for the loss. I felt like I let it slip away,'' Tanaka said through an interpreter. ''The offense gave me a comfortable lead. I just wasn't able to keep that lead and hold on. I feel responsible for it.''

Texas has scored 61 runs during Perez's winning streak. The 11 runs Friday matched the most allowed by New York this season.

The Yankees led 4-0 after Gary Sanchez had a two-run single in the second, a four-run outburst when only one of the runs was earned after an error by second baseman Rougned Odor.

After Mazara's 19th homer in the Rangers second, Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the top of the third for New York for a 5-1 lead.

''You feel pretty good about that situation,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''They grinded out some at-bats and got some key hits and knocked (Tanaka) out and then they took over the game.''

SHORT HOPS

Three Rangers relievers combined for 3 1/3 no-hit innings, with six strikeouts and no walks. ... Andrus had three hits, including two doubles to give him 40 for the season. Andrus is hitting .400 (28 of 70) over his last 16 games. ... Chirinos was 2 for 2 with two walks, and has reached base in 23 consecutive games. ... The homer by Gregorius was his seventh in 79 career at-bats against Texas.

BACK TO NEW YORK

After the weekend in Texas, the Yankees will return to New York. Hurricane Irma forced their series at the Tampa Bay Rays to be moved from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The Rangers last week played their road series against the Houston Astros in St. Pete in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Gregorius was a bit gimpy after fouling a ball of his foot in the eighth inning. ... CC Sabathia said the lubricating injection in his right knee was routine and scheduled. He plans to throw Saturday and is on track to start the series opener Monday against the Rays.

Rangers: Mazara was back in the lineup after leaving the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader at Atlanta with tightness in his left quad.

UP NEXT

From night to a noon start local time for the second game of the series, with Game 2 scheduled to start only about 13 1/2 hours after the end of the opener. Yankees RHP Luis Severino (12-6), who has allowed one earned run or fewer in eight of 10 starts since the All-Star break, going 7-2 in that span. RHP Andrew Cashner (9-9) goes for the Rangers. He is 6-2 in his last 10 starts.

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RangersTEX71-69
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  • W: M. Perez (12-10)L: M. Tanaka (11-11)
  • HR: NYY - D. Gregorius (21), TEX - N. Mazara (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40000024.256.347.423.7700.0
A. Judge RF50100034.276.410.572.9820.5
G. Sanchez C30220100.279.348.528.8755.0
S. Castro 2B40000014.310.347.478.825-0.5
M. Holliday DH41100001.230.322.438.7602.0
D. Gregorius SS42111001.293.327.485.8127.0
R. Torreyes SS00000000.295.316.373.6890.0
C. Headley 1B41100000.279.360.431.7912.0
J. Ellsbury CF41110030.258.337.395.7331.5
T. Frazier 3B30110010.211.337.419.7562.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields LF52210013.282.358.385.7435.5
    S. Choo DH52200011.264.366.417.7834.5
    E. Andrus SS41330100.307.349.499.84810.0
    N. Mazara RF41211012.261.335.446.7816.5
    J. Hoying RF11000001.203.246.281.5281.0
    C. Gomez CF40110011.251.337.460.7971.5
    J. Gallo 3B41110031.211.336.557.8931.5
    M. Napoli 1B40000032.194.287.433.720-1.5
    R. Odor 2B41220010.215.257.415.6726.5
    R. Chirinos C22210200.270.380.554.9348.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge (19)
      • HR - D. Gregorius (21)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (81), D. Gregorius (68), J. Ellsbury (38), T. Frazier (64)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (26), D. Gregorius (28)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. DeShields (15), S. Choo (17), E. Andrus 2 (40), R. Chirinos (12)
      • 3B - R. Odor (3)
      • HR - N. Mazara (19)
      • SF - C. Gomez (5)
      • RBI - D. DeShields (18), E. Andrus 3 (83), N. Mazara (91), C. Gomez (49), J. Gallo (73), R. Odor 2 (66), R. Chirinos (36)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (23), R. Odor 2 (32)
      FIELDING
      • DP - D. Gregorius, C. Headley
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (8)
      • DP - E. Andrus, R. Odor, M. Napoli
      • E - J. Gallo (15), R. Odor (17)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (L, 11-11)4.08770714.821.25-4.5
      T. Kahnle0.22000002.731.11-2.0
      C. Shreve1.10001203.381.253.0
      C. Smith0.02331007.641.64-6.0
      B. Heller0.22111102.251.50-3.5
      B. Mitchell1.11000104.451.522.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (L, 11-11)4.0
      T. Kahnle0.2
      C. Shreve1.1
      C. Smith0.0
      B. Heller0.2
      B. Mitchell1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Perez (W, 12-10)5.28521414.811.5513.0
      R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.10000207.001.784.0
      J. Diekman1.00000100.000.253.5
      T. Barnette1.00000304.821.364.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Perez (W, 12-10)5.2
      R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.1
      J. Diekman1.0
      T. Barnette1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Tanaka 2 (7), C. Smith, B. Heller
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 81-54, T. Kahnle 10-6, C. Shreve 23-12, C. Smith 12-5, B. Heller 17-10, B. Mitchell 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 3-2, T. Kahnle 1-0, C. Shreve 1-1, B. Mitchell 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 20, T. Kahnle 3, C. Shreve 5, C. Smith 3, B. Heller 5, B. Mitchell 5
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Perez 2 (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 103-61, R. Rodriguez 21-14, J. Diekman 13-10, T. Barnette 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 9-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, J. Diekman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Perez 28, R. Rodriguez 4, J. Diekman 3, T. Barnette 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      YankeesNYY75-65
      041000000580
      RangersTEX71-69
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF40000024.256.347.423.7700.0
      A. Judge RF50100034.276.410.572.9820.5
      G. Sanchez C30220100.279.348.528.8755.0
      S. Castro 2B40000014.310.347.478.825-0.5
      M. Holliday DH41100001.230.322.438.7602.0
      D. Gregorius SS42111001.293.327.485.8127.0
      R. Torreyes SS00000000.295.316.373.6890.0
      C. Headley 1B41100000.279.360.431.7912.0
      J. Ellsbury CF41110030.258.337.395.7331.5
      T. Frazier 3B30110010.211.337.419.7562.5
      Total35585111014-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields LF52210013.282.358.385.7435.5
        S. Choo DH52200011.264.366.417.7834.5
        E. Andrus SS41330100.307.349.499.84810.0
        N. Mazara RF41211012.261.335.446.7816.5
        J. Hoying RF11000001.203.246.281.5281.0
        C. Gomez CF40110011.251.337.460.7971.5
        J. Gallo 3B41110031.211.336.557.8931.5
        M. Napoli 1B40000032.194.287.433.720-1.5
        R. Odor 2B41220010.215.257.415.6726.5
        R. Chirinos C22210200.270.380.554.9348.0
        Total37111510131111-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Judge (19)
          • HR - D. Gregorius (21)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (81), D. Gregorius (68), J. Ellsbury (38), T. Frazier (64)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Sanchez 2 (26), D. Gregorius (28)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. DeShields (15), S. Choo (17), E. Andrus 2 (40), R. Chirinos (12)
          • 3B - R. Odor (3)
          • HR - N. Mazara (19)
          • SF - C. Gomez (5)
          • RBI - D. DeShields (18), E. Andrus 3 (83), N. Mazara (91), C. Gomez (49), J. Gallo (73), R. Odor 2 (66), R. Chirinos (36)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Andrus (23), R. Odor 2 (32)
          FIELDING
          • DP - D. Gregorius, C. Headley
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (8)
          • DP - E. Andrus, R. Odor, M. Napoli
          • E - J. Gallo (15), R. Odor (17)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (L, 11-11)4.08770714.821.25-4.5
          T. Kahnle0.22000002.731.11-2.0
          C. Shreve1.10001203.381.253.0
          C. Smith0.02331007.641.64-6.0
          B. Heller0.22111102.251.50-3.5
          B. Mitchell1.11000104.451.522.5
          Total8.01511113111---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (L, 11-11)4.0
          T. Kahnle0.2
          C. Shreve1.1
          C. Smith0.0
          B. Heller0.2
          B. Mitchell1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Perez (W, 12-10)5.28521414.811.5513.0
          R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.10000207.001.784.0
          J. Diekman1.00000100.000.253.5
          T. Barnette1.00000304.821.364.5
          Total10.18521121---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Perez (W, 12-10)5.2
          R. Rodriguez (H, 1)1.1
          J. Diekman1.0
          T. Barnette1.0
          Total10.1
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Tanaka 2 (7), C. Smith, B. Heller
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 81-54, T. Kahnle 10-6, C. Shreve 23-12, C. Smith 12-5, B. Heller 17-10, B. Mitchell 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 3-2, T. Kahnle 1-0, C. Shreve 1-1, B. Mitchell 3-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 20, T. Kahnle 3, C. Shreve 5, C. Smith 3, B. Heller 5, B. Mitchell 5
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Perez 2 (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Perez 103-61, R. Rodriguez 21-14, J. Diekman 13-10, T. Barnette 18-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Perez 9-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, J. Diekman 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Perez 28, R. Rodriguez 4, J. Diekman 3, T. Barnette 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Odor tripled to deep right, Hoying and Gallo scored511
            Gallo singled to right, Andrus scored, Hoying to second59
            Gomez hit sacrifice fly to center, Choo scored58
          • 5TH INNING
            Andrus singled to right center, DeShields and Choo scored57
            Chirinos scored, DeShields to second on wild pitch55
            Chirinos doubled to deep left, Odor scored54
          • 3RD INNING
            Andrus doubled to left, DeShields scored53
            DeShields doubled to deep left, Chirinos scored52
            Gregorius homered to right51
          • 2ND INNING
            Mazara homered to right41
            Sanchez singled to left, Headley and Ellsbury scored, Frazier out at third40
            Frazier hit by pitch, Gregorius scored, Headley to third, Ellsbury to second20
            Ellsbury singled to right, Holliday scored, Gregorius to third, Headley to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Tony Barnette relieved Jake Diekman
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Ricardo Rodriguez
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • C. Headley: Foul, Headley grounded out to third
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ellsbury struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ronald Torreyes at shortstop
            • S. Choo: Choo grounded out to third
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Andrus doubled to shallow center
            • J. Hoying: Strike looking, Hoying grounded out to second, Andrus to third
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • R. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez lined out to third
            • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Holliday grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Caleb Smith relieved Chasen Shreve
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo singled to left
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Choo to second on wild pitch, Ball, Andrus walked
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Mazara singled to deep right, Choo to third, Andrus to second
            • Ben Heller relieved Caleb Smith
            • Jared Hoying ran for Nomar Mazara
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gomez hit sacrifice fly to center, Choo scored
            • J. Gallo: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus to third on wild pitch, Gallo singled to right, Andrus scored, Hoying to second
            • M. Napoli: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor tripled to deep right, Hoying and Gallo scored
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • Bryan Mitchell relieved Ben Heller
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields reached on fielder's choice to third, Chirinos out at second
            • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to center
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner hit by pitch
            • Ricardo Rodriguez relieved Martin Perez
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Shreve Pitching:
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Napoli grounded out to third
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields fouled out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Holliday grounded out to first
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Headley grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Odor singled to right center
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Chirinos doubled to deep left, Odor scored
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields singled to left, Chirinos to third
            • S. Choo: Pickoff attempt to third, Pickoff attempt to third, Strike swinging, Ball, Chirinos scored, DeShields to second on wild pitch, Ball, Choo doubled to deep left, DeShields to third
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Andrus singled to right center, DeShields and Choo scored
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded into double play shortstop to first, Andrus out at second
            • C. Gomez: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Gomez singled to right center
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
            • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Frazier singled to left
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gardner popped out to second
            • A. Judge: Judge doubled to deep left, Frazier to third
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • S. Castro: Ball, Castro popped out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Ball, Gomez grounded out to second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Napoli struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Castro safe at first on 3rd baseman Gallo fielding error
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Holliday grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Castro out at second
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius homered to right
            • C. Headley: Ball, Headley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Odor grounded out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Chirinos singled to left center
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, DeShields doubled to deep left, Chirinos scored
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo lined out to center, DeShields to third
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus doubled to left, DeShields scored
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Andrus to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Holliday singled to center
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius safe at first on 2nd baseman Odor fielding error, Holliday to second
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Headley singled to right, Holliday to third, Gregorius to second
            • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury singled to right, Holliday scored, Gregorius to third, Headley to second
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier hit by pitch, Gregorius scored, Headley to third, Ellsbury to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to left, Headley and Ellsbury scored, Frazier out at third
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara homered to right
            • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gomez flied out to left
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Perez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Judge flied out to center
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez singled to center
            • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Andrus grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)