Tuesday, August 14, 2012
New York Yankees 3, Texas Rangers 0
Rangers give away another one to the AL's top team.
The Texas Rangers failed to show up Tuesday in New York, losing 3-0 to the Yankees. The loss dropped Texas to 67-48, currently five and a half games ahead of the Oakland A's for first place in the AL West. New York improved to 69-47.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda was dominant, taking a no-hitter into the seventh before Elvis Andrus spoiled the bid with a leadoff single. Kuroda gave up just two hits and a pair of walks while striking out five over nine shutout innings, improving to 11-8 on the season.
Rangers starter Matt Harrison nearly matched Kuroda pitch-for-pitch until the bottom of the seventh. With the score still 0-0, Harrison allowed a one-out single to Derek Jeter and was relieved by Alexi Ogando. Ogando promptly served up a two-run blast to Nick Swisher, followed by a solo home run from former Ranger Mark Teixeira. While both home runs were the result of Ogando's poor pitching, Harrison was nevertheless credited with the loss and fell to 13-7 on the year. Harrison ended up allowing one run on five hits over six-plus innings, walking three and striking out two.
Andrus accounted for half of Texas' hits and walks with one apiece, while Michael Young added a harmless single in the eighth and Mitch Moreland drew a walk in the third.