Yankees 12, Rangers 11
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Yankees 12, Rangers 11
Adrian Beltre flied out with the bases loaded for the final out in the ninth.
The teams combined for 23 runs and 27 hits.
For the second consecutive night, Yankees left fielder and leadoff man Brett Gardner hammered the Rangers, going 4-for-5 while hitting two doubles, a home run and a single. The previous evening he had two homers and a single.
Texas first baseman J.P. Arencibia had a big night in a losing cause, hitting two doubles and two home runs for seven RBIs.
Righty Brandon McCarthy (3-0), making his fourth start for the Yankees, gave up nine hits and four earned runs in six innings pitched to get the win.
Rangers' starter, right-handed Nick Martinez (1-7) took the loss, giving up a home run to Gardner to start the night and running into serious trouble in the sixth. His final line was six hits, six earned runs and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
The Yankees improved to 21-7 when leading after the first inning this season, despite falling behind in the middle frames and giving up ground in the seventh.
The Yankees trailed 4-1 entering the sixth inning, but scored seven runs in that frame to take command.
A Gardner double, a single from shortstop Derek Jeter and a walk to first baseman Mark Teixeira loaded the bases. Designated hitter Carlos Beltran drove in two runs with a single, and catcher Brian McCann tied the score with a sacrifice fly.
Right-hander Shawn Tolleson was brought in to relieve Martinez at that point. New York right fielder Zoilo Almonte added an RBI single, and second baseman Brendan Ryan drove in two more with a double.
Gardner hit a ball that bounced off the glove of right fielder Alex Rios and then off center fielder Leonys Martin's head for an error that scored the final run of the inning, making it 8-4.
Two walks helped the Yankees score to more in the seventh with Chase Headley and Almonte getting the RBIs against Texas hurler Roman Mendez.
The Rangers got back in the game in the bottom of the seventh when first baseman J.P. Arencibia hit a grand slam to trim the deficit to 10-8.
Teixeira made it 12-8 with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and Beltre had an RBI groundout in the bottom of the inning.
In the ninth, shortstop Elvis Andrus hit a two-out, two-run single off David Robertson to get Texas within one. But with the bases loaded, Robertson got Beltre to fly out on a 3-2 pitch.
Texas had taken the lead early in the game.
In the third, Rios and Beltre singled. Left fielder Jim Adduci plated Rios on a single, and Beltre and Aducci came home on a double from Arencibia, putting the Rangers on top 3-1.
Arencibia drilled a two-out solo shot in the fifth inning, pushing Texas' advantage to three runs.
NOTES: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira was back in the starting lineup for the first time since July 20. A lat strain kept him on the bench until he pinch-hit Monday. ... The Rangers are carrying 13 pitchers, the extra being RHP Jerome Williams who started against the Oakland A's last week. He is scheduled to start Friday in Cleveland, as RHP Nick Tepesch was pushed back in the rotation due to a sore left knee. ... RHP Nick Martinez started against the Yankees for the second time in one week. On July 22, he allowed only one earned run in the Bronx but threw just 67 pitches in 5 1/3 innings. ... The Yankees won seven of their first eight after the All-Star Break, but they lost three in a row entering Tuesday. ... Texas entered the night looking for its first two-game winning streak since June 27-28 against the Minnesota Twins.