Saturday, May 7, 2011
Lead erased, but Rangers strike back
The Rangers' five-run lead disappeared with Nick Swisher's upper-deck solo shot to right in the fifth off Brett Tomko, who took over for Rangers starter Derek Holland in the third inning.
Manager Ron Washington decided he had had enough of Holland when the lefty walked DH Jorge Posada to start the third -- the same Posada who had been 0-for-22 against lefties.
Tomko kept the Yankees under control until Swisher's bomb, his second of the season, tied the score 5-5. Arthur Rhodes relieved Tomko and proceeded to throw six strikes on six pitches to end the frame.
The tie score was short-lived. Mitch Moreland led off the bottom of the sixth with an opposite-field double, and he advanced on Chris Davis' single. Julio Borbon, who earlier extended his hitting streak to seven games, laid down a squeeze bunt to score Moreland and give the Rangers the lead again.
Michael Young would add to that lead with a single up the middle off David Robertson that scored Davis. The Rangers lead 7-5 after six.
The Rangers have 12 hits against the Yankees. Adrian Beltre chased Yankees starter Bartolo Colon with an opposite-field single in the fifth. Boone Logan came on in relief.