Hamels limits slugging Yankees as last-place Rangers win 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is focused for now on trying to help the last-place Texas Rangers win some games and being a mentor to so many of their young players.

Down the stretch this season, the veteran lefty could be pitching for a contender - maybe a team like the New York Yankees.

Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the Rangers in a 6-4 win Tuesday night.

''I'm just here to play and trying to remain healthy and maintain what I can do out on the field, and just getting good results and enjoy playing the game of baseball,'' Hamels said. ''That's really all I can care about. ... All of the decisions are not up to me. The only decision I have in my hand is to throw the baseball and get guys out.''

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven and walked two during his first start in 11 days. He was scratched from his previous turn because of neck stiffness.

''He was really good. The cut fastball was a real weapon for him, threw some good changeups,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''We knew we had a tough opponent tonight in Hamels.''

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamels was fresh and had ''probably the best mix pitches we have seen from him all year. ... Kept the hitters off balance.''

The 2008 World Series MVP for Philadelphia, which won the NL pennant again in 2009, Hamels was acquired by Texas in the middle of the 2015 season. The Rangers have a $20 million club option for 2019 that includes a $6 million buyout.

''It's May. There's a lot of baseball, a lot of things could happen,'' Hamels said. ''So it's just a matter of just going out there and playing baseball. I have a job to do, and it's to win here. This is where I've wanted to be.''

Profar's three-run homer in the first that just cleared the wall in center put Texas ahead to stay. Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right-field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before starter Domingo German (0-2) came out.

Texas had provided only one run of support for Hamels in four of his previous five starts and five of the last seven. Opponents hit just .206 in his last six starts before the Yankees went 4 for 25 (.160) against him.

''He's still Cole Hamels. He's still a good pitcher. He was able to go attack the zone today and that's what he did,'' Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said.

New York, still a big league-best 31-14, had won 22 of its previous 26 games and was coming off a three-game stretch with 14 homers and 28 runs.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save in nine chances, the Rangers' first save since May 11 when he closed out a 1-0 win at Houston in Hamels' prior start.

Boone was ejected for the first time as a major league manager for questioning balls and strikes while Gary Sanchez was batting in the sixth. After a high strike for an 0-2 count that led to Boone's ejection by plate umpire Pat Hoberg, Sanchez drew a walk. The catcher left in the middle of the inning because of a calf cramp.

Yankees rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels. Torres, who homered twice in the series opener Monday, has seven homers in his first 26 career games.

Austin Romine, who replaced Sanchez, hit a two-run homer in the eighth but the Yankees fell short of becoming the first team to homer four or more times in four consecutive games.

Texas led 5-0 after scoring twice without a hit in the second, when German hit a batter, walked two and had three wild pitches. Still, the rookie right-hander didn't blame the extended nine days between starts for that.

''Sometimes things are not going your way when you're out there,'' German said through a translator. ''Sometimes it's hard to make the adjustment and get on track. That's part of the experience of pitching in the big leagues.''

SHORT HOPS

There have been 25 wild pitches and seven passed balls with Sanchez behind the plate. ... Yankees RHP Giovanny Gallegos was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Boone said ''there is a shot'' that 1B Greg Bird, who has 20 homers in 94 career games, could make his season debut this weekend at home. Bird has been on the disabled list all season recovering from right ankle surgery and is rehabbing at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Rangers: SS Elvis Andrus (broken right elbow) began taking dry swings with a fungo bat. ... 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left hamstring) took some grounders at an easy pace for the first time since reinjuring his hamstring May 13.

UP NEXT

New York will try to win its ninth consecutive series and fifth straight on the road in the finale Wednesday. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia's 2,879 career strikeouts are tops among active pitchers, and his 239 wins are second only to Rangers right-hander Bartolo Colon, the loser in the series opener. Doug Fister (1-4) pitches for Texas.

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NYY31-14
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TEX19-31
32010000X660
  • W: C. Hamels (3-4)L: D. German (0-2)S: K. Kela (9)
  • HR: NYY - A. Romine (2), M. Andujar (5), G. Torres (7), TEX - J. Profar (3), R. Guzman (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Judge RF30000021.281.412.556.9680.0
G. Stanton LF41100002.263.340.514.8542.0
G. Sanchez C10000200.230.331.547.8792.0
A. Romine C11121000.341.408.568.9767.0
D. Gregorius SS40100004.247.330.512.8421.0
T. Austin DH40000033.238.297.535.832-1.5
M. Andujar 3B41111001.285.295.497.7926.0
N. Walker 1B40000020.212.293.288.581-1.0
G. Torres 2B41211000.330.394.602.9967.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH30000201.249.335.392.7262.0
    I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31200201.252.326.366.6925.0
    N. Mazara RF21010215.270.338.492.8303.5
    J. Profar SS41131027.230.304.401.7057.0
    J. Gallo LF40000030.197.276.459.735-1.5
    R. Odor 2B30100120.181.250.278.5280.0
    R. Chirinos C31000031.190.275.381.6560.5
    R. Guzman 1B31211101.206.280.392.6728.0
    R. Rua CF31000011.169.198.286.4830.5
    D. DeShields CF00000000.226.310.322.6320.0
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Romine (2), M. Andujar (5), G. Torres (7)
      • RBI - A. Romine 2 (11), M. Andujar (17), G. Torres (19)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Profar (3), R. Guzman (4)
      • SH - D. DeShields (3)
      • RBI - N. Mazara (28), J. Profar 3 (23), R. Guzman (14)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Odor (3)
      • Picked Off - R. Odor (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Romine-Torres)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German (L, 0-2)3.24663625.591.34-6.0
      A. Cole1.20003307.941.881.5
      C. Shreve0.20002203.181.35-1.0
      G. Gallegos2.02000100.001.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German (L, 0-2)3.2
      A. Cole1.2
      C. Shreve0.2
      G. Gallegos2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Hamels (W, 3-4)7.04222723.381.2326.5
      J. Diekman1.03220114.241.65-1.5
      K. Kela (S, 9)1.00000004.761.2910.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Hamels (W, 3-4)7.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      K. Kela (S, 9)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. German 3 (3)
      • HBP - D. German
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 85-50, A. Cole 40-22, C. Shreve 22-9, G. Gallegos 24-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 6-0, A. Cole 1-0, G. Gallegos 1-3
      • Batters Faced - D. German 20, A. Cole 7, C. Shreve 4, G. Gallegos 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Hamels (8)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 100-63, J. Diekman 26-14, K. Kela 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 5-9, J. Diekman 2-0, K. Kela 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 28, J. Diekman 6, K. Kela 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Hicks CF50100011.248.350.444.7940.5
      A. Judge RF30000021.281.412.556.9680.0
      G. Stanton LF41100002.263.340.514.8542.0
      G. Sanchez C10000200.230.331.547.8792.0
      A. Romine C11121000.341.408.568.9767.0
      D. Gregorius SS40100004.247.330.512.8421.0
      T. Austin DH40000033.238.297.535.832-1.5
      M. Andujar 3B41111001.285.295.497.7926.0
      N. Walker 1B40000020.212.293.288.581-1.0
      G. Torres 2B41211000.330.394.602.9967.0
      Total3447432812-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        S. Choo DH30000201.249.335.392.7262.0
        I. Kiner-Falefa 3B31200201.252.326.366.6925.0
        N. Mazara RF21010215.270.338.492.8303.5
        J. Profar SS41131027.230.304.401.7057.0
        J. Gallo LF40000030.197.276.459.735-1.5
        R. Odor 2B30100120.181.250.278.5280.0
        R. Chirinos C31000031.190.275.381.6560.5
        R. Guzman 1B31211101.206.280.392.6728.0
        R. Rua CF31000011.169.198.286.4830.5
        D. DeShields CF00000000.226.310.322.6320.0
        Total28665281217-----
          BATTING
          • HR - A. Romine (2), M. Andujar (5), G. Torres (7)
          • RBI - A. Romine 2 (11), M. Andujar (17), G. Torres (19)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (4)
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Profar (3), R. Guzman (4)
          • SH - D. DeShields (3)
          • RBI - N. Mazara (28), J. Profar 3 (23), R. Guzman (14)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Odor (3)
          • Picked Off - R. Odor (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Romine-Torres)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. German (L, 0-2)3.24663625.591.34-6.0
          A. Cole1.20003307.941.881.5
          C. Shreve0.20002203.181.35-1.0
          G. Gallegos2.02000100.001.004.5
          Total8.06668122---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. German (L, 0-2)3.2
          A. Cole1.2
          C. Shreve0.2
          G. Gallegos2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Hamels (W, 3-4)7.04222723.381.2326.5
          J. Diekman1.03220114.241.65-1.5
          K. Kela (S, 9)1.00000004.761.2910.0
          Total9.0744283---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Hamels (W, 3-4)7.0
          J. Diekman1.0
          K. Kela (S, 9)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. German 3 (3)
          • HBP - D. German
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 85-50, A. Cole 40-22, C. Shreve 22-9, G. Gallegos 24-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 6-0, A. Cole 1-0, G. Gallegos 1-3
          • Batters Faced - D. German 20, A. Cole 7, C. Shreve 4, G. Gallegos 7
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Hamels (8)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Hamels 100-63, J. Diekman 26-14, K. Kela 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Hamels 5-9, J. Diekman 2-0, K. Kela 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Hamels 28, J. Diekman 6, K. Kela 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Romine homered to right, Stanton scored46
          • 7TH INNING
            Andujar homered to left26
          • 4TH INNING
            Guzman homered to right16
          • 3RD INNING
            Torres homered to left15
          • 2ND INNING
            Mazara grounded out to first, Rua scored, Choo to third, Kiner-Falefa to second05
            Chirinos scored on wild pitch04
          • 1ST INNING
            Profar homered to center, Kiner-Falefa and Mazara scored03
          • 9TH INNING
            • Keone Kela relieved Jake Diekman
            • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walker flied out to deep center
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Torres grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Hicks lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Delino DeShields in center
            • Jake Diekman relieved Cole Hamels
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Judge grounded out to first
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton singled to shallow center
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine homered to right, Stanton scored
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gregorius singled to right
            • T. Austin: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Gallegos Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Guzman singled to shallow center
            • D. DeShields: DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Guzman to second
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Choo flied out to right
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Austin lined out to second
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andujar homered to left
            • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Torres singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Giovanny Gallegos relieved Chasen Shreve
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Gallo flied out to left
            • R. Odor: Odor singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging, Odor caught stealing, catcher to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks singled to shallow left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Stanton popped out to first
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked, Hicks to second
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Austin Romine catching
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Guzman walked
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Rua grounded out to second, Guzman to second
            • Chasen Shreve relieved A.J. Cole
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked, Guzman to third, Choo to second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andujar fouled out to first
            • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Walker popped out to third
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Torres grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor walked
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Odor picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Judge hit by pitch
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton grounded out to pitcher, Judge to second
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Gregorius popped out to second
            • T. Austin: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Guzman homered to right
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rua grounded out to third
            • S. Choo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo grounded out to first
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single to third
            • A.J. Cole relieved Domingo German
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara walked, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
            • G. Torres: Torres homered to left
            • A. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Odor struck out looking
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez fouled out to left
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius flied out to left
            • T. Austin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Guzman grounded out to second, Chirinos to third
            • R. Rua: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua struck out, reached on wild pitch, Chirinos scored on wild pitch
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choo walked, Rua to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Rua to third, Choo to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first, Rua scored, Choo to third, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Hamels Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks struck out looking
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stanton popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. German Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa reached on an infield single to third
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mazara walked, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar homered to center, Kiner-Falefa and Mazara scored
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)