With Yu Darvish on the mound, and a fourth inning burst of runs, the Rangers were able to defeat the New York Yankees 4-2.
The Yankees were the first on the board, as Brett Gardner hit a solo home run in the third. Gardner would hit another homer in the top of the fifth, to give the Yankees the 2-0 lead over Texas. In his career, Gardner has five hits off of Darvish, four of which are home runs.
'He bent and he didn't break' said manager Ron Washington about Darvish. 'There were a couple innings there where I could see he was getting a little upset by the results, but he never gave in he just kept pitching.'
After being handed a loss in his last appearance by rain delay and poorly equipped Yankees ground crew, Darvish seemed to have more emotion than usual on the mound Monday night. Other than Gardner, and Derek Jeter who went 3-3 with a walk, the Yankees seemed unprepared for the Rangers' ace, whose ability to adjust, and ride array of pitches, were the keys to his success.
'He didn't have his fastball tonight so he had to go to his breaking pitches' said Washington. 'He just didn't have anything for Gardner or Derek Jeter. Other than that, I thought he did a tremendous job.'
Chris Gimenez singled to start the fifth, and after two outs by Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo, would score on a single from Elvis Andrus. The Rangers two-out rally would continue as Alex Rios singled, and Adrian Beltre doubled to score Andrus. Jim Adduci walked to load the bases for J.P. Arencibia, who leads the team in RBI since the All-Star break. A two-run single from Arencibia scored Rios and Beltre, giving the Rangers the lead.
'I knew they were going to throw around Adduci for me so I was like, cool. If that's what you want to do, I'll battle.' said Arencibia 'Hitting a good pitch and scoring those two runs was fun.'
The Rangers have now won all four series openers since returning from the All-Star break, however, they have failed to win any other games following the opener. While the Rangers season seems like a lost cause, the 44,508 fans in attendance Monday provided an atmosphere worthy of a postseason game.Though it's easy for the team to get down, the continued support from the fans is what leaves the Rangers fighting for every win, every game.
'To go out there and play hard every single day is something we take pride in' said Arencibia. 'There's kids out there watching, and people in the stands, nobody in this clubhouse is going to give up.'
Nick Martinez takes the mound for the Rangers Tuesday, as they look to secure a series win over the Yankees. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.