Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Yankees 2

July, 30, 2014
Jul 30
10:20
PM CT
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Something nice happened Wednesday night at Globe Life Park.

The Texas Rangers got their third sellout of the season -- thank New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter for that -- and the home team won a baseball game and took a series.

That doesn't happen too often.

Behind Colby Lewis' strong and efficient outing, the Rangers beat the Yankees 3-2 in front of 46,599. The Rangers finished the month with a record of 6-20 and won their first series since taking two of three from the Minnesota Twins on June 27-29.

This victory ended a string of seven consecutive series losses for the Rangers.

It doesn't push the Rangers into playoff contention, but it could enable them to have a much better August. Over the past two seasons, the Rangers are 39-17 in August.

How it happened? Brett Gardner homered to give the Yankees a 1-0 first-inning lead. Gardner had 13 total bases in the three-game series and hit four home runs.

The Rangers responded in their half of the first. Elvis Andrus ripped a double to left to score Shin-Soo Choo, and RBI singles from Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin pushed the lead to 3-0.

Jacoby Ellsbury's solo shot to center in the third cut the deficit to one, but Lewis handled things after that. He retired 14 of 15 hitters before handing things over to the bullpen.

Colby's night: The veteran right-hander has been saying he's gaining strength in his surgically repaired hip and in his elbow of late. Lewis pitched wonderfully. He gave up only two runs and four hits in seven innings. Lewis struck out four and threw 106 pitches. It was Lewis' first victory since July 5 at the New York Mets. Of the Rangers' six victories this month, he has two. In the past three starts, Lewis has a 3.48 ERA over 18 1/3 innings, giving up seven runs and 16 hits with 11 strikeouts.

Trade winds blowing: Right fielder Alex Rios and left-handed reliever Neal Cotts might have played their last games for the Rangers because their names have come up in trade talks with numerous teams. Rios had only two at-bats Wednesday before leaving in the fifth because of a bruised left quad. Cotts relieved Lewis in the eighth and struck out Gardner to start a 1-2-3 inning.

Martin breaks out: Martin was in an 0-for-19 slide and allowed a ball to bounce off his head during Tuesday's loss. Over the past two games, Martin has three hits in his past eight at-bats with a triple, walk, stolen base, run scored and RBI. In the field, there were no issues. There were several fly balls to the corners, Martin took some baby steps and unlike some previous games didn't sprint over in an attempt to make a play.

Jeter's last appearance: Jeter went 0-for-4 in his final game in Texas. In the series, Jeter surpassed Carl Yastrzemski for seventh all-time in hits with 3,422. He went 5-for-13 in the three-game series. Before the game, Jeter received a check for $10,000 for his charitable foundation and some custom-made cowboy boots.

What's next?: The Rangers have a travel day and there could be some missing bodies on the nine-day trip. The non-waiver trading deadline is Thursday at 3 p.m. CT. When the Rangers get back to work, they begin a three-game set in Cleveland on Friday.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.34 126 163
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .325
HRA. Beltre 18
RBIA. Beltre 75
RA. Beltre 77
OPSA. Beltre .882
ERAC. Lewis 5.34
SOY. Darvish 182