Texas 3, NY Yankees 2
When: 8:05 PM ET, Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
Fieldin Culbreth, 1B -
CB Bucknor, 2B -
Jim Reynolds, 3B -
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Shortstop Elvis Andrus' two-out triple in the sixth scored second baseman Rougned Odor with the go-ahead run in the Texas Rangers' 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
The victory made a winner out of left-hander Martin Perez (1-2) for the first time this season.
Perez turned in his fourth quality start of the season, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks and striking out three for Texas (12-10), who has now won two consecutive games.
Left-handed reliever Jake Diekman pitched scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth, and right-handed closer Shawn Tolleson worked around designated hitter Alex Rodriguez's base hit in the ninth to record his seventh save.
Rodriguez went 3-for-3, including a double, solo home run in the fourth and a walk. Second baseman Starlin Castro went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the second.
Lefty C.C. Sabathia (1-2) suffered the loss for New York (8-12).
The 25-year-old Perez has received the lowest run support in the Rangers rotation among those with more than one start.
Three was enough on Wednesday, with some help from Sabathia, who walked three hitters, two who eventually scored, including Odor's two-out free pass before Andrus' decisive at-bat in the sixth.
First baseman Hanser Alberto had an RBI in the second off a groundout, and third baseman Adrian Beltre registered a run-scoring hit in the third.
Sabathia gave up three runs on five hits and struck out five.
Perez, who gave up eight runs on seven hits in his only previous career start against New York last July, also continued the rotation's strong start, running the unit's streak of outings with at least five innings to a club-record 22 consecutive games to begin the season.
Perez was helped out by two more double plays, including one in the second that limited potential damage after he walked the first two hitters. Perez now has induced a major-league-leading 11 double plays.
The teams traded runs in the second to open the scoring, Texas answering a one-run deficit on an unusual play.
With runners on second and third with one out, Hanser Alberto, a utility infielder playing first base, hit a slow comebacker to Sabathia, who looked Ryan Rua back to third before throwing to first for the out.
Rua broke for home. First baseman Mark Teixeira's throw from first was wide to catcher Brian McCann, who immediately threw to third to record the final out on Odor trying to advance, creating a 1-3-2-5 inning ender.
Alberto was credited with an RBI.
Texas added a run on Beltre's two-out base hit in the third, but Rodriguez evened the score at 2-all with a solo home run in the fourth.
Sabathia labored early, allowing base runners on in each of the first three innings. But he retired six straight in the fourth and fifth innings, including three by strikeout.
NOTES: The Rangers announced before the game that LHP Cole Hamels (strained groin) will return to the rotation on Sunday against the Angels after completing a bullpen session on Wednesday with no issues or setbacks. ... Texas RHP Yu Darvish (Tommy John surgery) will make his first minor-league rehabilitation start on Sunday. He will throw two innings or 30 pitches. ... Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez was in the lineup for the first time in three games (strained oblique). ... Texas DH Prince Fielder and 1B Mitch Moreland were out of the lineup. The combination of facing lefty CC Sabathia plus a scheduled day off Thursday appealed to manager Jeff Banister.
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