After suffering a bullpen collapse on Friday night, the Texas Rangers bounced back against the Yankees on Saturday afternoon. The resilient Rangers attacked Yankee starter Phil Hughes for ten hits and seven runs in the first five innings.
Texas received two-hit performances from shortstop Elvis Andrus, outfielder Nelson Cruz, outfielder David Murphy, and first baseman Mitch Moreland.
Rangers’ starter Colby Lewis struck out six Yankees while allowing only two earned runs in five and two-thirds innings of work. The Texas bullpen allowed only one hit in three and one-third shutout innings, a stark contrast from their performance only one day before.
The victory was the first postseason win at home in Rangers’ franchise history. The win also marked the end of a ten-game postseason losing streak against the New York Yankees.
Game 3 of the 2010 American League Championship Series will take place Monday evening in New York. The Rangers will send postseason magician Cliff Lee to the hill to face off against the Yankees’ veteran Andy Pettitte.
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http://mlb.mlb.com/news/boxscore.jsp?gid=2010_10_16_nyamlb_texmlb_1 “NY Yankees vs Texas ‘” October 16, 2010″ MLB.com. Retrieved October 17, 2010.