Josh Hamilton homered and hit the game winning single, and the Rangers out-slugged the Yankees 7-6 on Thursday night.
After being outscored 27-7 in the first two games of the series -- including a 21-5 drubbing on Tuesday -- the Rangers ended up splitting the four game set with New York.
Yovani Gallardo struggled over 6 frames, allowing 5 runs on 8 hits, two home runs and 2 free passes. To his credit, after surrendering all his runs in the first three innings, Yovani shut down the Yankees in the 4th, 5th and 6th, giving the Rangers a shot in the latter innings.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the first, Josh Hamilton supplied the equalizer -- a three-run shot into the right field stands off CC Sabathia, which was reminiscent of his first inning HR in Game One of the 2010 ALCS... also off Sabathia.
Choo added a token solo HR in the bottom of the 2nd to make it 4-3 Texas.
The game was tied at 6's heading into the bottom of the 9th, which started with Delino DeShields working a full count walk against rookie RHP Nick Goody.
With a man on first and nobody out, Joe Girardi summoned his closer, Andrew Miller, who's been one of the top bullpen assassins in baseball this season. His night started in the strangest of fashions, first by allowing the loudest out of Elvis Andrus's career, a towering 400-foot flyout to Jacoby Ellsbury on the warning track in center; then Leonys Martin lined a ball off DeShields's foot, crediting him a single but effectively working the same as a routine fielder's choice, or a strikeout: there was still a man on first, but now there were two outs.
What a strange sequence.
With the threat seemingly under control, Andrew Miller ostensibly pitched around Adrian Beltre, which made sense with the left-handed Hamilton on deck. But Miller missed his spots to Josh -- albeit not by much -- on the first two pitches, creating the rare 2-0 count that Hamilton inevitably cashed in on with a walk off single to right.
Rangers 7, Yankees 6.