ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers suffered their most lopsided loss of the season, matching the total margin of defeat from their three previous setbacks. The Yankees became the first team this season to score more than five runs against the Rangers.
What it means: The momentum from an 8-1 road trip, the best in franchise history of that length, did not carry over into the Rangers’ return to Arlington. There still isn’t a team in the majors with a better record than the Rangers’ 13-4 mark. Texas also has the biggest lead in its division in baseball, with the A’s 5 ½ games back pending the outcome of their late game against the White Sox.
Yankees hammer Holland again: Derek Holland had the worst outing by a Rangers starter this season, allowing seven earned runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings. Holland’s ERA soared from 3.10 to 4.78 after the rough night.
As well as Holland has pitched since the All-Star break last season, it can’t be considered surprising to see the Yankees have so much success against him. He is 0-5 with a 9.53 ERA against the Yankees in his career.
Hamilton homers again: Josh Hamilton smoked a CC Sabathia slider 422 feet into the seats beyond the right-center-field wall in the sixth inning. The solo shot was his AL-leading eighth home run of the season. No Ranger has ever hit eight home runs so quickly in a season. Hamilton did it in 17 games, one sooner than Alex Rodriguez in 2002.
A-Rod goes adios: As usual, Rangers fans greeted Rodriguez with Bronx cheers. He gave them good reason to boo in the fifth inning, when he blasted a Holland mistake (sinker left up and over the plate) 419 feet into the visitors’ bullpen. The three-run blast broke the game open, stretching the Yankees’ lead to five runs.
Jeter’s streak going strong: Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 13 games by going 4-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs scored. Jeter is hitting .450 with four homers, five doubles, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored during the streak, the 44th double-digit hitting streak of his career.
Surprising spark: The Rangers’ seventh-inning rally was powered by an unlikely source: a couple of bench players at the bottom of the lineup. Brandon Snyder and Craig Gentry doubled on back-to-back at-bats, with Gentry’s flare under a diving Mark Teixeira’s glove driving in two runs. The rally fizzled at the top of the order, as Sabathia induced groundouts from Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus to get out of the inning.
Still 0.00 for Lowe: Hard-throwing right-hander Mark Lowe still hasn’t allowed a run this season. Lowe’s third outing of the season was impressive. He pitched two perfect innings against the Yankees, striking out three.
Tidbits: The Rangers fell to 5-1 against left-handed starters this season. Sabathia allowed four earned runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in eight innings. … A crowd of 48,234 attended the game, which was preceded by Pudge Rodriguez’s retirement ceremony. It was the third sellout of the season at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Approximately 3,000 tickets remain for Tuesday’s game and 2,500 remain for Wednesday’s game. … Rangers right-handed reliever Koji Uehara struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth. ... Mariano Rivera recorded his fourth save of the season and record 607th save of his career with a perfect ninth.