ARLINGTON, Texas -– A wild Tuesday night that lasted nearly four hours at Globe Life Park ended when Yankees closer David Robertson retired the Rangers' Adrian Beltre on a long fly ball to preserve a 12-11 victory.
Robertson's 31-pitch ninth inning had some drama as the Rangers cut a 12-9 deficit to one and loaded the bases with their best hitter at the plate with two out. But Robertson's 3-2 pitch ended things.
The Rangers' J.P. Arencibia, however, tried to win Tuesday night's game by himself.
Sure, the Rangers' catcher-turned-first baseman can't do it all, but in reality he almost did.
Arencibia drove in a career-high seven runs, hit two homers, one of which was a grand slam, and had four hits.
Arencibia's night becomes a highlight in a lost season for a Rangers team that now has 65 losses.
How it happened: It wasn’t pretty, but the Rangers led 4-1 thanks to three RBIs from Arencibia heading into the sixth inning.
Here’s the short version of what happened: The Yankees scored seven runs, six earned, sent 11 men to the plate, drew two walks and took a commanding 8-4 lead. It was the most runs the Rangers have allowed in the sixth inning this season and marked the third time the Rangers have given up at least seven runs in a single inning.
Now the long version of the inning: Nick Martinez had retired seven consecutive batters before a Brett Gardner double (one of his three hits) started the sixth. Derek Jeter hit a shot off Martinez’s glove that was fielded by Elvis Andrus. The throw to first beat Jeter and he was ruled out, but Arencibia didn’t keep his foot on the bag. You could say Arencibia (in his ninth career start at first) didn’t stretch out enough. The Yankees challenged the ruling and the play was overturned. So now, instead of one on and one out, Martinez had two on and two outs. Beltre made a nice backhanded catch of a Jacoby Ellsbury popup on the lip of the Yankees' dugout.
Martinez walked Mark Teixeira and the fun stated. Carlos Beltran drove in two with a hit and Brian McCann hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game. A Brendan Ryan double drove in two more runs for a 7-4 advantage and the final and maybe fitting end to this madness came on a fly ball from Gardner. Right fielder Alex Rios called for the ball and he closed his glove before it landed in his webbing. The ball bounced off his glove and hit center fielder Leonys Martin in the left side of the head, bringing in the last run of the inning. Rios was charged with an error, and by the time Jeter struck out to end the sixth, the game, in essence was over.
The Rangers' response: Down 10-4, the Rangers responded with a four-run seventh inning. Arencibia capped the inning with a grand slam to left off Yankees reliever Dellin Betances to cut the deficit to 10-8. It was Arencibia's third career grand slam and first for the Rangers since Nelson Cruz hit on on July 5, 2013, against Houston. One more thing about Arencibia: His four extra-base hits marked the first time that's been done since Josh Hamilton did it May 8, 2012. That night, Hamilton hit four home runs. Six runs were scored in the seventh inning and a total of 84 pitches thrown, 35 by Texas and 49 from New York.
Mendez’s scoreless streak is over: Washington praised the efforts of rookie right-handed reliever Roman Mendez, who started his career with eight consecutive scoreless innings. Washington said Mendez uses all his pitches, throws strikes and utilizes a backdoor slider to left-handed hitters. Mendez allowed two runs in the seventh to end the streak. He walked the first two hitters, Ellsbury and Teixeira, before allowing RBI singles by Beltran and Chase Headley to right.