ARLINGTON – Joe Nathan has been as close to a sure thing as the Texas Rangers could have hoped this season. But he faltered Tuesday night.
Nathan blew only his second save opportunity of the season, and surrendered the lead as the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-4 victory at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers have dropped five of their last six games.
Nathan entered with the Rangers leading 4-3, but issued a one-out walk to Vernon Wells. He then gave up a game-tying RBI triple to Eduardo Nunez, and the go-ahead run a batter later when Brent Lillibridge lined a run-scoring single to left.
Nathan had converted 31 of 32 save opportunities going into the game, including 15 straight.
The Rangers came back from a 3-0 deficit in the sixth inning. Adrian Beltre had an RBI double, Elvis Andrus had an RBI single and Mitch Moreland drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run homer to center.
That wasn’t enough, though.
Alexi Ogando returned to the rotation after a stint on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He pitched well enough to keep the team in the game, allowing three runs on six hits with no walks and two strikeouts over five innings and 78 pitches.
-- Drew Davison