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Tough night for Alexi Ogando

NEW YORK -- Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington was hoping right-handed reliever Alexi Ogando could overpower New York Yankees switch-hitting right fielder Nick Swisher.

It didn’t happen.

Swisher slugged a 3-2 high fastball from Ogando for a two-run home run into right with one out in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie, and first baseman Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot. The back-to-back blasts accounted for all the Yankees’ runs in their 3-0 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

“I wanted to put velocity on Swisher and he didn’t beat him with it,” Washington said. “I think the ball Swish hit was above his eyes, but he definitely caught it. I think it was that at-bat, he saw so many fastballs that he finally timed one. The one he hit definitely wasn’t in the strike zone. It was over his head, well not above his head, but it was at eye-level. The one with Teixeira, it was the one he got down and Tex went down there and got it.”

Washington didn’t second-guess his decision to pull left-hander Matt Harrison (6 1/3 innings, one run), who had just surrendered a single to Derek Jeter, and insert Ogando.

“He came in and he didn’t get the job done,” he said. “If I had to do it again, I’ll bring Ogando in any one of those situations. Today he ended up giving up two hits and they both happened to be home runs.”

Ogando got ahead of Swisher 0-2, but wasn’t able to finish him off.

“You know, he threw one slider (2-2) and it wasn’t very good,” Washington said. “You know, it just didn’t happen. That’s all that’s to it. We got beat.”

Ogando had worked 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his previous six appearances. Prior to facing Swisher and Teixeira, left-handed batters were hitting .214 (15-for-70) against him this season.