Gardner homers (again) as Yankees out-slug Rangers 12-11

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For the past few days, Brett Gardner has been the lone offensive spark for the Yankees. The Yankees needed a win. Gardner needed some help. In the end, Gardner was able to lead the Yankees lineup in a slug-fest battle against the Texas Rangers, ending in  a 12-11 Yankees victory at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas.

The Yankees quickly got on the board on a home run by Gardner, his 13th of the season. While the Yankees were down 4-1 in the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run single, scoring Gardner (who started the inning with a double) and Derek Jeter. Brian McCann promptly tied the game with a SAC Fly. Zoilo Almonte gave the Yankees the lead with an RBI single, Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double scoring Almonte and Chase Headley and Brett Gardner reached on a three base error, scoring Brendan Ryan. In the seventh inning, Headley hit a RBI single scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Zoilo Almonte grounded into a force, scoring Mark Teixeira.  Teixeira tacked on two insurance runs for the Yankees in the eighth, scoring himself and Gardner.

It seems like eons ago, but Brandon McCarthy was the one who started the game and he went six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while striking out three. Adam Warren only retired one batter in the seventh inning to be lifted for Dellin Betances. Betances had to work out of a jam…but he didn’t. He gave up a grand slam to J.P. Arencibia, three runs ultimately being charged to Warren. Chase Whitley gave up a run in his inning of work and David Robertson gave up two runs. However, Robertson was able to get Adrian Beltre to fly out to–how fitting–Brett Gardner, to end the game, giving Robertson his 27th save of the season.

What’s Next?

Hiroki Kuroda will take the mound for the Yankees as they attempt to take the series against the Rangers before their off-day on Thursday. First pitch is at 8:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.

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