Arencibia, acquired in an offseason trade before being sent to
Triple-A while in a woeful early-season slump, keyed the Rangers'
decisive four-run fifth with a two-run single with two outs in a 4-2
victory over the New York Yankees on Monday.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus and third baseman Adrian Beltre each had
run-scoring hits for Texas in the inning.
Arencibia has a team-high nine RBIs in 11 games since the All-Star
break after beginning the season hitting .133 and being shipped out.
"I'm just trying to help us win, especially with the way I started,"
Arencibia said. "I've said it numerous times, I was embarrassed the
way I was playing. I want to do what Texas brought me in to do,
which is help this team win.
Yu Darvish (10-6) earned the victory, striking out eight while
giving up two runs on nine hits and one walk over seven innings for
the Rangers (42-64), who won for only the fifth time in July.
Right-handed reliever Neftali Feliz worked a perfect ninth to record
his second save in as many opportunities this season. Left-hander
Neal Cotts worked around two singles in the eighth to hold the lead.
Darvish gave up two solo home runs to Yankees center fielder Brett
Gardner, the first multi-homer game of his career, and three
historic hits to shortstop Derek Jeter, who went 3-for-4 with a
Jeter had a single in the first, a double in the third and another
base hit in the seventh, which enabled him to pass Boston Hall of
Famer Carl Yastrzemski for seventh on the all-time hits list and
third in American League history.
Jeter sits 95 hits behind Tris Speaker and more than 770 back of Ty
"There's a lot of things we're getting to see this year," manager
Joe Girardi said. "It's been neat to watch. He's amazing."
Right-handed pitcher David Phelps (5-5) took the loss for the
Phelps gave up four runs on eight hits, including five in the fifth,
and a walk -- also in the fifth -- over six innings. He struck out
"He pitched a pretty good game," Girardi said. "In that one inning,
he just couldn't get that one out."
After getting a lead, Darvish shut down the Yankees in the sixth and
worked out of a two-out jam in the seventh. The Yankees advanced
Gardner, who went 3-for-5, to third and Jeter to second before first
baseman Brian McCann struck out to end the inning.
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McCann had reached base safely in 19 of his past 20 games and 15
consecutive but went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Gardner's home runs in the third and fifth innings accounted for the
game's early runs, but the Rangers answered in the fifth. Darvish
allowed base runners in every inning but the sixth.
"He bent but he didn't break," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "He
never gave in, he just kept pitching. He didn't have command of his
fastball tonight so he had to go to his breaking pitches.
"He didn't really have anything for Gardner or Derek Jeter. Other than
that, I thought he did a tremendous job of bearing down."
Andrus' single to left scored catcher Chris Gimenez, and Beltre's double
scored Andrus, who advanced to third on right fielder Alex Rios' base
Arencibia's two-run single scored two more and gave the Rangers a lead.
Jeter stroked the first pitch he saw from Darvish into left in the first
and lashed a two-out double to right center in the third to tie
"You want to come up with that opportunity," said Arencibia. "I was able
to hit a good pitch."
NOTES: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira singled in a pinch-hit appearance, his
first appearance in eight games while recovering from back spasms. He
said he expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday. ... New York called up
OF Zoilo Almonte and designated LHP Jeff Francis for assignment. ...
Texas manager Ron Washington said he wouldn't set his rotation past
Wednesday until RHP Nick Tepesch throws a bullpen session. Tepesch left
his Saturday start after feeling a twinge in his left knee. The Rangers
are off Thursday.
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