Up to that point, the Rangers had scored only one run off Cessa. But the two-run homer proved too much for the Yankees' struggling offense.
The bright spots for Cessa, though, could be a good sign for the Yankees moving forward, as he is their fifth starter until CC Sabathia returns from the 10-day disabled list.
Other than a first-inning run, Cessa kept the Rangers in check early on. He set a new career-high with eight strikeouts -- six of which came in the first two innings. Opposing hitters swung and missed on 10 of his first 40 pitches.
"I think it was a good day for me," Cessa said. "My breaking ball feels good and my fastball command feels good, too."
With no further update on Sabathia's injury status, Girardi said Cessa will make his next start as scheduled, which is set to come on Thursday against the White Sox.
Matthew Martell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.