Arlington – Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees clubbed their way to win the rubber game of a three-game series over the Texas Rangers at the Ballpark in Arlington Sunday 12-5.
Much like the series, the game hung in the balance for the first two-thirds of the game, as after six innings, the game was knotted at four.
Texas scored three in the first inning off a wild C.C. Sabathia (3-2), keyed in part by a Mike Napoli two-run single.
Derek Jeter led off the seventh inning with his second home run of the game and Curtis Granderson followed with a home run to put the Yankees up 6-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Adrian Beltre was able to get Elvis Andrus home on an infield single to put Texas back within one run but that was it.
Yankee back-up catcher Francisco Cervelli drove a Cody Eppley ball over the center field wall for a grand slam to give New York a 11-5 lead, effectively putting the Rangers away.
Former Ranger, Mark Teixeira, then hit the Yankees’ fifth home run of the day for the final score of 12-5.
With the exception of Mark Lowe, the Rangers (18-17) bullpen was responsible for nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.