NEW YORK -- A big night for the Rangers, both from New York and Texas, and another loss for the Yankees, their fourth straight and eighth in their last nine games as they fall, 10-9, in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
But after falling behind 7-0 after three innings, the Yankees made a fight of it, pulling to within two runs on Garrett Jones' pinch-hit three-run homer in the eighth. The lead was cut to just one run when Mark Teixeira hit his 13th homer of the season -- the last of six home runs hit in the game by both teams -- with one out in the ninth. But the pair of runs allowed in the top of the eighth inning by Chasen Shreve and David Carpenter, which gave the Rangers a 10-5 lead, proved to be too much for them to make up. And with Tampa Bay winning tonight, the Yankees drop 1 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East, the furthest back they've been since April 21.
Pineda battered: The Rangers batted around in the third, putting up seven runs, although only four were earned due to two errors in the inning. The first was by Michael Pineda, whose high throw pulled Teixeira off the bag at first on Thomas Field's sacrifice bunt, giving Texas the bases loaded with none out. Delino DeShields hit a potential double play grounder to short, but the ball went off a charging Didi Gregorius' glove for an error, scoring two runs. Shin-Soo Choo then singled to drive in a third run, followed by Prince Fielder's mammoth three-run home run into the second deck in right on the first pitch he saw to make it 6-0. Pineda finally got the first out of the inning, a popout by Adrian Beltre, but Mitch Moreland clubbed a 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats to make it 7-0. It was the worst inning Pineda has suffered through as a Yankee.
Prince Harming: Fielder's second home run of the game, into the mesh above Monument Park off Shreve in the seventh, made it 8-4 Texas.
Glorious!: Gregorius made up for his two-run error, and then some, with a three-run homer into the right-field seats with two outs in the fourth to trim the Texas lead to 7-4. Gregorius' first home run as a Yankee was also his first since August 23, 2014, a span of 205 at-bats.
Choo's misplay: Texas right fielder Choo seemed to misplay Brian McCann's catchable drive to right in the fourth inning, allowing the ball to skip past him for an RBI double that accounted for the Yankees first run of the game.
Alex, meet Babe: Alex Rodriguez' seventh-inning RBI single to center was the 1,992nd of his career, tying him with Babe Ruth for fourth on baseball's all-time list. It also left him one shy of Lou Gehrig's career total, and third place on the list. (Other websites, including baseball-reference.com, credit Ruth with 2,214 RBI and Gehrig with 1,995, including ribbies accumulated before the stat was officially recognized in 1920.)
Alex, meet Robbie: Rodriguez' double to center leading off the fourth inning was the 528th of his career, tying him with Hall of Famer Frank Robinson for 40th place on baseball's all-time list.
Well Slade, sir: In his first major-league at-bat in his first major-league start, Slade Heathcott collected his first major-league hit, and first major-league double, on a drive to the gap in left-center with one out in the second. Heathcott also picked up an infield hit in the seventh, reached on a catcher's interference call in the fourth and made a fine running catch to snag DeShields' liner to deep center in the seventh.
Garrett Away: Pinch-hitting for a pinch-hitter -- he was inserted in place of right-handed hitting Chris Young, who had been sent up to hit for Gregorius against lefty Sam Freeman, when the Rangers countered with righty Tanner Scheppers -- Jones belted a 1-2 pitch into the right-field seats with two men on to cut the Rangers lead to two. It was Jones' first home run as a Yankee, and first since last Sept. 13, a stretch of 80 homerless at-bats.
Hits by the dozen: Carlos Beltran's seventh-inning single, an opposite-field poke past the third baseman when the Rangers were in a shift, extended his hitting streak to 12 games.