Hard to blame you for counting the Yankees out of this one, but the bottom of the order sparked a ninth-inning rally that beat All-Star closer Joe Nathan and gave the Yankees a dramatic 5-4 win against the Rangers. Down by one, it was Eduardo Nunez who delivered the big hit with a game-tying triple to center field. Joe Girardi then decided against pinch hitting for Brent Lillibridge, and Lillibridge came through with a game-winning single to left. Mariano Rivera sealed the win with his 32nd save. An earlier three-run Yankees lead had vanished in the sixth after Lillibridge was charged with an error that opened the door to four runs. Boone Logan came out of the bullpen to face left-handed hitter Mitch Moreland, who promptly hit a go-ahead, two-run home run to center field. Starter Phil Hughes went 5.2 innings with three unearned runs, and the offense ultimately made up for Logan’s mistake. Of all people, it was Melky Mesa — making his first ever Major League start — who snapped the Yankees extra-base-hit drought with a leadoff double in the third, and it was Austin Romine who followed that double with a double of his own for an early lead. By the end of the fourth, the Yankees were up 3-0. That lead didn’t last, but the next one did.
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