Ronald Guzman hit 3 HR for Texas, and Adrian Beltre added another as Texas beat the Yankees, 12-7, Friday night.
Masahiro Tanaka’s troubles in giving up the gopher ball continued, as he gave up 3 HR.
In the fourth, Beltre hit a 2-run HR (#469 of his career, passing Chipper Jones on the all-time list). Beltre, an all-time great, also is up to 3134 hits in his career. Later that inning, Guzman hit the first of his three HR for the night, and Texas was up 3-0.
Texas got two in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.
Brett Gardner got the Yanks on the board in the bottom of the fifth with his 10th HR of the season.
Guzman led off the sixth with his second HR of the game to make it 6-1 Texas. A.J. Cole relieved Tanaka then, and three more runs scored that inning to make it 9-1.
The Yanks came back with three in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Stanton walked. With two out, Gregorius singled. Andujar hit a ground-rule double to knock in one run, and Luke Voit singled in two.
Guzman hit his third HR of the game in the top of the seventh to make it 10-4.
In the bottom of the seventh, Austin Romine hit his 7th HR of the season to cut it to 10-5.
Texas got two in the eighth, 12-5.
In the bottom of the eighth, Didi and Andujar singled, and both moved up on a wild pitch. Romine drove in both with a single. 12-7, the final score.
An area of concern. Gleyber Torres went 0 for 5, and is hitting just .227 since June 9. His average has dropped from .308 to .269 since then.
Another…. Chad Green has been slumping lately, too.
Didi Gregorius 3 hits
Andujar 2 hits, RBI
Voit 2 RBI
Gardner solo HR
Romine 3 hits, HR, 3 RBI
Tanaka (L, 9-3, 4.08) 5+ IP, 6 R, 6 H, 3 W, 2 K. 3 of the 6 hits given up were HR.
Cole 2 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 W, 2 K. 5.08 (Wash/NYY)
Green 1 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.98
Britton 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 3 K. 3.80 (Balt/NYY)\
Boston beat the Bad News Bears (sorry, Baltimore Orioles) 19-12. The Orioles once had an 8- 3 lead in that game. So the Yanks are 9 back.