In the first game of their only series at Yankee Stadium this season, the Rangers won their 40th game of the season Monday night.
Starter Miles Mikolas went a professional career high 7.1 innings, eclipsing his previous minor league high of 7.0 innings, and only allowed two runs on four hits, walking two and striking out three, earning his first win as a starter.
With two outs in the top of the sixth, Jake Smolinski rapped a single up the middle off rookie Yankees starter Shane Greene, followed by a Jim Adduci walk.
Smolinski came around to score on a Soto single down the left field line to tie the game and end Greene's night. A Rougned Odor single just past the glove of a diving Derek Jeter off reliever Matt Thornton gave the Rangers back the lead as Adduci scored from second.
The rally continued with a Shin-Soo Choo RBI single up the middle, with Soto scoring from second. The third pitcher of the inning for the Yankees, Adam Warren, struck out Elvis Andrus to end the Ranger threat, but the three runs for the Rangers would prove to be enough.
Joakim Soria pitched the bottom of the ninth, getting two pop-outs around a single and a hit batter, before facing former Ranger Yangervis Solarte. Soria induced the third pop-out of the inning to earn his 17th save of the season.
The Yankees opened the scoring in the bottom of the first, with Jeter taking first on a walk from Mikolas, advancing to second on a balk, and moving to third on a Jacoby Ellsbury infield single. Jeter would come in to score on a Carlos Beltran sacrifice fly to center.
The Rangers had a chance with runners at second and third in the top of the second, but a Soto strikeout ended the threat. After a quick bottom of the second, a Choo double and Andrus infield single put runners at the corners in the top of the third. An Adrian Beltre grounder to Jeter scored Choo to tie the game when the ball was bobbled by second baseman Brian Roberts.
The Rangers threatened again in the top of the fourth, when Greene hit Jake Smolinski, and then committed his third error of the game to allow Smolinski to advance to third, but Rougned Odor grounded back to Greene to end the half-inning.
Jacoby Ellsbury put a ball into the short porch in right field to lead off the fourth for the Yankees to break the tie, breaking Mikolas' streak of eight New York hitters retired. After an uneventful top of the fifth for the Rangers, the Yankees filled the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame, but a Jeter grounder into a double play ended the inning without any more runs crossing the plate.
Neal Cotts came on for the Rangers with one out in the bottom of the eighth, and walked Brett Gardner, but came back to strike out Jeter and got Ellsbury to fly out to center to end the inning.
Soto left the game before the bottom of the sixth with reported tightness in his right groin, and was replaced by Robinson Chirinos. Smolinski was replaced at designated hitter in the top of the ninth by Chris Gimenez, after hitting a foul ball off his foot in the top of the sixth inning.
The Rangers will send rookie righthander Nick Martinez (1-6, 5.10 ERA) to the mound Tuesday at 6:05 p.m. CT for his first start since the beginning of July.