ARLINGTON -- Rangers' first baseman J.P. Arencibia had as many total bases Tuesday as the Yankees had runs.
Arencibia became the first Ranger in over two years to record four extra-base hits in a game, knocking two doubles and two home runs -- including a seventh-inning grand slam -- totaling a career-high seven RBI.
But the Yankees' 12 is what made the difference on the scoreboard in a 12-11 Rangers loss.
'I had a good game, I've felt good and confident since I made adjustments at Triple A,' Arencibia said. 'Tonight was a testament to my work down there. But I want to try and help the team win. Obviously I did my best, but it didn't happen.'
Texas' comeback fell just short - literally - as an Adrian Beltre fly ball with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth fell into the mitt of Brett Gardner where the outfield grass meets the warning track in left field.
'We never quit, and we were one strike away from winning the ball game with the right guy at the plate,' manager Ron Washington said.
Three straight men reached with two outs in the ninth, including a two-run single from Elvis Andrus, before Beltre's near-heroics and what would've been the second grand slam of the night.
Ranger starter Nick Martinez went from dominant to on the hook for the loss in rapid fashion during a seven-run sixth inning that doomed the Texas Rangers.
Brett Gardner, who tallied nine total bases on the night, led off the inning with a double. Two singles two walks and a wild pitch later, Martinez, who had retired 13 of 14 batters heading into the sixth, was walking off the mound in a 4-4 tie with two men aboard.
Shawn Tolleson would allow each of Martinez's inherited runners to score in the sixth, and add two runs of his own on two two-out hits. The seventh run in the inning, that of the unearned variety, scored on a three-base error by Alex Rios, who had a ball bounce off his glove, off of Leonys Martin's head, and to the turf.
'I didn't hear him calling for it,' Martin said, stating that he and Rios were each calling for the ball. 'We need to call for the ball earlier. It was bad communication.'
Martin said he didn't realize Rios was calling for the ball until he saw the replay after the game.
'Rios was calling for the ball, and if you see the replay you can tell he was set for it,' Washington said. 'He just didn't hear Martin hollering for it.
'The result was it cost us a run,' Wash said, emphasizing that just one run came home on the error. 'It wasn't the last run that scored.'
The 'game-winning' runs would come home a two-run home run from Mark Teixeira in the eighth inning that put New York up 12-8.
Sixteen total runs scored between the sixth and ninth innings.
Texas' nine runs were the most it has scored since June 16. The Rangers and Yankees face off for the last time this season Wednesday night in Arlington.