Pettitte's performance capped off a great homestand for the Yankees starters, who finished with a 5-1 record and an ERA of 2.17.
After taking an early 1-0 lead on a first inning sac fly by Robinson Cano, the Yanks fell behind 2-1 after the Rangers put a two-spot on the board in the third.
Like most of the leads the Rangers had this series, this one was short-lived because the Yankees came right back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Teixeira got things started with his first homer of the year, a solo shot to lead off the inning. Eventually the Yanks would load the bases in the inning, and with two outs Ramiro Pena came through with a big two-run single.
Thanks to the relentless Yankees lineup, Rangers starter Rich Harden couldn't make it out of the fourth. He needed 94 pitches to get through 3.2 innings, and allowed four runs on five hits and six walks. In the last two games Texas starters have lasted just 6 innings and thrown 168 pitches.
The score would remain 4-2 Yankees until the seventh when Jorge Posada belted his third homer of the season to make it 5-2. It was one of two hits on the day for Posada, who is now hitting .378.
Mariano Rivera came in for the ninth and picked up his fifth save of the season. He needed 14 pitches to get through a perfect frame and picked up two strikeouts. It was Mo's 50th save in a row at home, one shy of Eric Gagne’s record streak of 51 straight games saved at home.
Another Yankee who shined today was Brett Gardner, who was in the leadoff spot in place of Derek Jeter who was nursing a head cold. Gardner came through with another multi-hit game to up his average to .333 on the season. He also stole two more bases, bringing his season total to 7, and is now tied for the MLB lead with Rajai Davis, Andrew McCutchen and Scott Podsednik.
The Yankees are now 9-3, their best start since 2003, and will head to Oakland to start a 9-game road trip on Tuesday. Javier Vazquez looks to get off the schnide when he takes the mound in the opener. This is a big start for Javy, who is in desperate need of a win, if only to get us fans off his back. He will be facing Oakland left-hander Gio Gonzalez. First pitch is 10:05 p.m. eastern time and the game will be on YES.
|Brett Gardner, LF||3||1||2||0||1||0||2||.333|
|Nick Johnson, DH||4||0||0||0||1||3||5||.158|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||0||2||.114|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||1||1||1||0||3||0||0||.295|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||2||0||0||1||1||1||3||.340|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||2||2||1||0||1||4||.378|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||2||0||0||0||2||2||0||.311|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.200|
|Ramiro Pena, SS||4||0||1||2||0||1||1||.200|
|HR: Teixeira (1, 3rd inning off Harden, 0 on, 0 out), Posada (3, 7th inning off Nippert, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Gardner 2; Teixeira 4; Rodriguez, A; Posada 5; Pena, R.
RBI: Cano (10), Teixeira (6), Pena, R 2 (2), Posada (6).
2-out RBI: Pena, R 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Posada 3; Johnson, N; Gardner; Cano.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 10.
SB: Gardner 2 (7, 2nd base off Nippert/Treanor, 2nd base off Harden/Treanor), Cano (1, 2nd base off Nippert/Treanor), Rodriguez, A (1, 3rd base off Nippert/Treanor).
CS: Gardner (1, 2nd base by Oliver/Treanor).
PO: Gardner (1st base by Oliver).
|DP - Pena-Cano-Teixeira|
|Andy Pettitte (W,2-0)||8||4||2||2||3||4||0||1.35|
|Mariano Rivera (S,5)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 107-67, Mariano Rivera 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 10-9|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 30, Mariano Rivera 3|
|Player of the Game: Andy Pettitte
Honorable Mention: Jorge Posada
WP: A. Pettitte (2-0) LP: R. Harden (0-1)
SV: M. Rivera (5)