ARLINGTON, Texas — Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
Darvish (10-6) shouted out and pumped his fist after his final strikeout, when Brian McCann swung and missed to end the seventh with two runners on base.
Brett Gardner homered twice and Derek Jeter had three hits — to pass Carl Yastrzemski on the hits list — off the All-Star right-hander, who threw 80 of his 108 pitches for strikes five days after losing a rain-shortened game in New York.
David Phelps (5-5) lost for the first time in nine starts, allowing four runs and eight hits over six innings. The right-hander, like Darvish, was credited with a complete game last Wednesday in the 2-1 Yankees victory that didn’t resume after rain in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Neal Cotts worked a scoreless eighth for Texas. Neftali Feliz then was perfect in the ninth for his second save in two chances since taking back the closer role last week after Joakim Soria was traded.
The Yankees led, 2-0, after Gardner homered in the fifth, his third homer off Darvish in a week and 12th overall this season. Gardner also homered in the third.
Texas scored all of its runs in the fifth, when five consecutive batters reached base with two outs. Elvis Andrus started that stretch with an RBI single and scored on Adrian Beltre’s double that followed a single by Alex Rios. Jim Adduci drew a walk before Arencibia’s go-ahead hit up the middle.
Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira played for the first time in eight games when he had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning. He was promptly lifted for a pinch runner. After missing a week because of a back strain, Teixeira took groundballs and batting practice on the field with hopes of being back in the starting lineup tonight. Teixeira said the back spasms that have bothered him are gone. “I feel better now than I’ve felt in over a month,” he said. “That’s definitely a good sign.”
Rangers: RHP Nick Tepesch, who left Saturday’s start because of a sore left knee, will have to throw a bullpen session before the Rangers determine if he will start Friday night at Cleveland. “We still want to see how he does,” manager Ron Washington said.
Yankees: Brandon McCarthy makes his fourth start for the Yankees since being acquired from Arizona on July 6. The 6-foot-7 right-hander, who pitched for Texas from 2007-09, is 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA for New York, and is 4-0 with a 1.78 ERA his last five starts overall.
Rangers: Rookie right-hander Nick Martinez (1-6) makes his second consecutive start against the Yankees since coming off the disabled list. He threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings last Tuesday, a game the Rangers lost in 14 innings.