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Game thoughts: Rangers sweep Yanks

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers scored three runs in the seventh inning and got a sterling performance from Cliff Lee to beat the Yankees, 4-1, on Sunday. That completes a three-game sweep, the first sweep of the Yankees by the Rangers since May 16-18, 2003 at Yankee Stadium. It was the first sweep of New York in Arlington since April 6-7 (doubleheader on April 7), 1996.

* A total of 137,396 saw the three games, the second-largest attendance figure for a three-game series in Arlington behind a Yankee series on May 21-23, 2004. BTW, the Rangers passed their attendance mark for all of last season on Saturday with 10 home dates still left in the season at that point.

* Cliff Lee was sensational. He But he pitched deep in the game, was efficient, didn't allow the Yankees to do much of anything. He allowed just one run on two hits in 8+ innings. It was the first time he pitched at least eight innings since Aug. 6 in Oakland, his last win as well. More on Lee in a column shortly.

* Lee was very upset when a 3-2 pitch was called a ball by home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez for being inside. Lee slammed the ball on the mound as manager Ron Washington came in to get him and put closer Neftali Feliz in the game.

* Julio Borbon made things happen in the seventh. With a runner at third and two outs, Borbon put down a great bunt, getting the ball between the mound and first and beating pitcher Dustin Moseley to the bag. Borbon bunted on a 2-1 count.

* The bunt worked because Ian Kinsler ran the bases so well before that. Kinsler tagged up from first to second on a long fly ball by Mitch Moreland to right field. He went to third on another fly ball to right.

* Borbon stole second base with two outs in the seventh inning and scored when Andrus came through with a single to center. That made it 3-1 Rangers.

* Both times the Rangers drew leadoff walks, they scored (Elvis Andrus in the sixth and Kinsler in the seventh).

* Lee walked Derek Jeter despite getting ahead 1-2 in the count, but came right back to get Curtis Granderson to ground back to the mound. Lee, who was upset with two bad throws to second on double play attempts in his last start against Kansas City on Aug. 31, made a good throw to Elvis Andrus to start the double play. He then got Mark Teixeira on a nice fastball to end the inning.

* Austin Kearns had an interesting second inning. He misplayed a fly ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero that resulted in a double as it went over his head. Kearns then came in on a ball hit by Mitch Moreland and ended up having to jump up to get it as he came in too far. But the Yankees managed to get out of the inning with no damage. It was a wasted chance for the Rangers as Guerrero stood at second with no outs and then third with one out. But Ian Kinsler grounded to third and Moreland flied out.

* Vladimir Guerrero continues to swing a hot bat. He was 14-for-31 during a seven-game hitting streak coming into Sunday's game and quickly extended it to eight with a double in the second. He added a single in the fourth and hit a long fly ball to the warning track in left in the sixth that had fans standing and thinking it might be a homer.

* SS Elvis Andrus stole second in the sixth inning for his 30th stolen base of the season. He's the first Ranger with consecutive 30-steal seasons since Tom Goodwin in 1998 and 1999.

* Andrus' speed really made the tying run happen. He stole second with Michael Young up and then went to third on Young's fly ball. With one out, David Murphy hit a chopper to first base and Andrus didn't hesitate, running home and sliding in before Jorge Posada could apply the tag from Mark Teixeira's throw. Just like that, the Rangers prevented a Yankee shutdown inning and tied it up.

* David Murphy's single in the sixth extended his hitting streak to 11 games, a career-high.

* Feliz struck out the side to get the save. The game was 2 hours, 40 minutes, much quicker than the first two nights. That's save No. 36 for Feliz, one shy of the rookie record.