Choo starts, finishes 10-run third
Texas outfielder hits RBI single, three-run HR
NEW YORK -- Shin-Soo Choo had his first four-RBI game of the season Saturday afternoon and only his second in the past four years.
He did it all in one inning with a run-scoring single and a three-run home run. Those were two of the big hits in a 10-run inning that helped carry the Rangers to a 15-4 victory over the Yankees.
Choo's last four-RBI game was on June 11, 2014, against the Marlins. Before that, it was April 26, 2011, when he was with the Indians. Choo entered Saturday 3-for-21 with eight strikeouts in his past five games.
"I'm not feeling good, but I'm not feeling bad," Choo said. "I'm trying to get that feeling I had on the last homestand. Today was a good day."
Jake Smolinski, in his first start since being recalled from Triple-A on Friday, began the inning with a walk. Choo drove in the first run with a single off starter CC Sabathia and finished the scoring with a three-run home run off of reliever Esmil Rogers to make it 10-0.
"CC is a great pitcher," Choo said. "Sometimes when you get that first RBI, it sets the tone and everything starts after that."
The Rangers sent 14 batters to the plate and 11 reached base on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter. An error by Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran also contributed.
The Rangers surpassed what they did Friday night, when they scored seven runs in the third inning in a 10-9 victory over the Yankees. Saturday's outburst was the biggest inning for the Rangers since scoring 11 in the third of a 16-5 victory over the Astros on Aug. 19, 2013. The only other team with a 10-run rally this season was the Mets on May 16 against the Brewers.
"We took advantage of their mistakes, that's what it is all about," catcher Carlos Corporan said. "We've got some hitters who are starting to get hot. We're looking forward to that continuing and see what happens with the lineup as we go on."
Sabathia was charged with six runs, while Rogers gave up the final four runs of the inning. Sabathia allowed seven runs in a start against the Mets on April 25.
The 15 runs and the 11-run margin of victory were season highs for Texas. This is the first time in franchise history the Rangers have scored at least 10 runs in consecutive games against the Yankees. The 15 runs were the most the Rangers have scored in Yankee Stadium since a 16-5 victory on Aug. 15, 1998.
"Our guys have been working on a lot of things since Spring Training and you can really see that it's starting to pay off," manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm really proud of the effort they have put in."