The Texas Rangers (38-37) took a three-game series against the AL East New York Yankees (40-33) in its first and only 2017 regular season series at Yankee Stadium. The Rangers will next see the Yankees in early September at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Friday’s night game was a duel shutout until shortstop Elvis Andrus scored on a pass ball, which also resulted in third basemen Adrian Beltre striking out.
Starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitched traded zeros with Yankees’ starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the 15th matchup between MLB pitchers born in Japan. Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits, zero walks and striking out 10. Relief pitcher Tanner Scheppers followed the same trend with a scoreless eighth inning and two strikeouts. Then, closer Matt Bush earned his fourth blown save after giving up a solo home run and his third loss after giving up a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning, to allow the Yankees to win 2-1.
Game two had more offense, which Andrus started with a RBI single in the first inning. Three innings later, center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a two-run home run, his 10th. Another three innings stretch passed before catcher Robinson Chirinos hit his 10th home run, a solo shot. Finally, the Rangers secured the game with a four-run ninth inning. This four-run rally started with Gomez scoring on a wild pitch and finished with two RBI extra-bases hits, first right fielder Shin-Soo Choo had a two-run double and then Andrus hit a one-run double.
Rookie starting pitcher Austin Bibens-Dirkx earned his third win of the season while pitching seven innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits, one walk and striking out three. Left-handed relief pitcher Alex Claudio earned his fifth hold with a scoreless eighth and relief pitcher Keone Kela finished the game with a scoreless ninth inning to secure a Rangers win, 8-1.
The Rangers started Sunday’s rubber game with consecutive three-run innings. The first inning consisted of an Andrus RBI single and a Beltre’s third home run, a two-run shot. The same damage with done with one swing in the second inning, a Choo three-run home run, his 12th of the season. Finally, the Rangers finished its offense output with a solo home run from rookie second basemen Drew Robinson, the first of his career.
The pitching staff turned a slugfest into a close game after receiving a seven- run lead. Starting pitcher Nick Martinez gave up six hits, four earned runs and walked one while getting through five innings. Then relievers Ernesto Frieri, Jose Leclerc, Claudio and Klea earned holds, Leclerc the only to not be scoreless. Finally, Bush closed the door with a scoreless ninth to preserve a one-run lead, give Martinez his third win, earn a ninth save and allow the Rangers to win 7-6.
The Rangers will travel to Progressive Field to face the Cleveland Indians (39-35) in the second of a three series road trip.
Those games can be heard:
Monday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Tuesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Wednesday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 5:30 CT
Thursday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 10:30 CT