ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -The
New York Yankees
used to be able to count on a successful road trip to Texas. Now they're sitting on two straight Lone Star losses.
hit his 27th homer, rookie
pitched into the seventh inning and the
hung on for an 8-6 win over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
Texas ended a 10-game home losing streak to the Yankees on Monday night, 9-5. On Tuesday night, the Yankees got closer, but
they still couldn't contain the highest scoring offense in the majors.
''These were two hard losses, games we had a chance to win,'' manager
said. ''You've got to put it behind you.''
New York has dropped seven of 10 and fell 6 1/2 games behind AL-East leading Tampa Bay.
''With 49 games remaining, every game is important,''
said. ''You can't panic but you have to take it with a sense of urgency.''
Pitching continues to be an issue for the Yankees.
(12-9) allowed five runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
''Part of it has been pitching,'' Girardi said of the team's recent slump. ''We haven't held opponents below five runs in
many of those games. We haven't come up with big hits. It's a combination of a lot of different things.''
Texas took an 8-2 lead into the eighth, but
's grand-slam off C.J. Wilson made it a two-run game.
Wilson, the Rangers' closer, was in the game in a non-save situation to work out some mechanical problems with his delivery.
But Wilson walked
, hit Rodriguez with a pitch, and after
struck out, Sexson blasted his 15th career grand slam.
The Rangers placed Wilson on the 15-day disabled list after the game with bone spurs in his left elbow.
got three outs for his third save in three chances. Guardado, who takes over as the Rangers' primary closer in Wilson's absence,
polished off the save by getting A-Rod to ground into a double play.
The Rangers have earned the Yankees' respect this season, taking four of the first five meetings.
''You can classify Texas as a pretty good team,'' New York's
said. ''Their offense is one of the best around. They take their swings and they take their walks.''
Harrison (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He started the night with a 7.40 ERA. He shut out the Yankees
on three hits in the first five innings of his sixth major league start with the help of three double plays before
's sixth-inning sacrifice fly got the Yankees on the board.
Harrison admitted he was jittery in the first inning, but he soon settled in.
''I was a little nervous because it was the Yankees and I never faced a team of that caliber before,'' Harrison said. ''I've
been watching the Yankees since I was little. To pitch against them was unbelievable.''
had a career-high four RBIs for Texas, three on a bases-loaded double in the seventh to stretch the lead to 8-2.
''I've been hit-or-miss lately swinging the bat,'' Davis said. ''I just tried to put the ball in play. Every game against
those guys is a high-energy game. It felt to get RBIs in that situation.''
In the first, Pettitte issued a two-out walk to
, and Hamilton jump-started the Texas offense with a two-run shot to pad his major league-leading RBI total to 108.
added three hits for the Rangers, who've won six of their last eight to move six games over .500 (60-54) for the first time
Notes: Home plate umpire Alfonso Marquez warned both dugouts after Yankees reliever
hit Hamilton with a pitch in the eighth. In the top of the inning, Wilson plunked
with a pitch. Harrison also hit A-Rod in the second inning. After the game, Rodriguez said he didn't think the Rangers were
throwing at him. ...Sexson had his first homer since being signed by the Yankees on July 18. ...Rangers RHP
returned to his native Nicaragua to attend to a family matter. Padilla is expected to rejoin the team for his scheduled start
Saturday night in Baltimore. ... Yankees LF
hit in a batting cage at the team's Tampa facility on Tuesday and remains hopeful he can return from a left knee injury before
the season ends. He's been out since June 22. If Matsui can come back, he'll most likely have to play with a knee brace. ...Yankees
will make a rehab start Thursday night for Double-A Trenton. The oft-injured right-hander is trying to come back from reconstructive
elbow surgery. Pavano last pitched in the majors in April 2007, and has made just 19 starts since signing a four-year contract
worth nearly $40 million contract with the Yankees in 2005. ...Texas DH
missed his seventh straight start due to a strained left quad.