The rotation and lineup have gone through ups and down, but the Yankees have generally been able to rely on their bullpen this season. Given a one-run lead and a chance to sweep the Rangers this afternoon, it was the bullpen that faltered in a 10-6 loss at Yankee Stadium. Cody Eppley, Boone Logan, Joba Chamberlain and Clay Rapada combined to allow six runs in the final three innings. Each reliever was charged with at least one of the runs as the Rangers pulled away. Texas also led early, but the Yankees scored five runs in the sixth to pull ahead 5-4. Andruw Jones hit a game-tying home run and Russell Martin had the go-ahead hit. The Yankees left the bases loaded in the seventh, left runners at second and third in the eighth and left a runner at second in the ninth as the Rangers’ bullpen did what the Yankees’ could not. Ivan Nova took a no decision in another rocky start. He allowed four runs on seven hits and four walks through 5.2 innings.
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