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June 25, 2013

Yankees 4, Rangers 3 (F)

Leonys Martin hit a pair of solo homers, the first multi-homer game of his career, but the Yankees countered with three solo shots against Yu Darvish and Ichiro Suzuki won it with a fourth with two outs in the ninth for a 4-3 win  Tuesday that snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak.

The winning homer came off Tanner Scheppers, who lost for the first time. It was a 1-2 pitch, and it came moments after A.J. Pierzynski had thrown out Brett Gardner trying to steal for the second out.

Darvish allowed three homers in a game for the first time in his career, leadoff shots in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. The first, by Travis Hafner, came on a hanging slow curveball, and the next two, by Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix, came on hanging sliders.

Darvish also had to escape a bases-loaded jam with one out in the first inning, and he wiggled out of another tight spot in the fourth with runners at the corners and one out.

He had retired seven straight between the first-inning troubles and Hafner’s homer, and then piled up the pitches. Darvish had thrown 110 pitches when manager Ron Washington took him out with one out in the sixth.

Martin’s first homer, a liner into the right-field seats, was good for the game’s first run, and the Rangers made it 2-0 on a bases-loaded fielder’s choice by Mitch Moreland in the fourth.

Martin gave the Rangers another two-run cushion at 3-1 in the fifth. But the next 10 Rangers made outs before Elvis Andrus singled with one out in the eighth. Andrus, though, was caught stealing.

-- Jeff Wilson


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