ARLINGTON, Texas -- In a game crying out for pitching, Diego Moreno came to the rescue.
The 28-year-old Venezuelan right-hander, who joined the Yankees from Triple-A earlier in the day, worked 5 1/3 innings of hitless relief, walking one and striking out five, in a 21-5 New York Yankees victory over the Texas Rangers Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.
In the process, Moreno earned his first major league victory.
When he was summoned with two out in the first and the bases loaded, the Yankees trailed 5-0. He retired Rougned Odor on a ground ball to shortstop to kill what turned out to be the Rangers' final threat of the game.
Entering with the bases loaded in the first, Moreno said through an interpreter he was "relaxed and trying to concentrate."
He added he was "super happy" about the opportunity and happy to contribute to a win.
In the middle of a 10-game road trip and with the bullpen called on for four innings on Monday, manager Joe Girardi heaped praise on his reliever.
"Moreno really helped us," the manager said. "His slider and change were just outstanding. He attacked the zone."
The early bullpen call went out when Yankees spot starter Chris Capuano was touched for five runs in the first.
"He couldn't get the third out," said Girardi. "Uncharacteristically, he didn't have his command."
Nice line: Chris Young filled out his line in the box score nicely, driving in five, scoring four with three hits in six at-bats.
Although it was Young's third-inning grand slam that vaulted the Yankees' lead to laugher stage of 15-5, it was his leadoff double kick-starting an 11-run second inning that saw the Bombers go from a 5-0 deficit to an 11-5 advantage.
"It was fun tonight, not just for me but for everybody with that comeback in the second inning," Young said. "I was thinking about finding a way somehow to get on base, a bloop or whatever. And then we could feel momentum growing."
Girardi was unsure if he had ever been in a game where things changed so quickly.
"There were a lot of key hits, but its starts with that leadoff double and rolls after that," the manager said.
Torrid hitter: Didi Gregorius continued his hot hitting, going 4-for-5. All three of his RBIs came on a bases-loaded triple in the second inning. In the first two games of the series, the shortstop has seven hits and seven RBIs. His batting average has climbed 15 points to .257.
No sympathy: The Rangers turned to a position player, Adam Rosales, to pitch the ninth.
Brett Gardner clipped Rosales for a 409-foot home run and the final two runs of the rout.
Asked if he felt a little sympathy for a fellow position player, Gardner shook his head.
"He was still trying to get me out," said Gardner, who scored five runs and drove in three.
Dominant bullpen: In 12 1/3 innings of relief pitching in the first two games of the series, the Yankees bullpen has not allowed a run or a hit. Adam Warren followed Moreno and worked the final three innings on Tuesday.