Replay gives Jeter single to help key Yanks' rally
Shortstop's 3,422nd career hit part of seven-run sixth against Rangers
ARLINGTON -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter moved closer to Honus Wagner on the all-time hit list with the help of replay on Tuesday night. Jeter's infield single also was big in the Yankees' seven-run rally against Rangers starter Nick Martinez and reliever Shawn Tolleson.
Jeter came to bat in the sixth inning with nobody out, Brett Gardner on second base and the Yankees trailing, 4-1. Jeter hit a one-hop grounder back to the mound that caromed off Martinez's glove out to shortstop Elvis Andrus.
Andrus made a barehanded play and an off-balance throw that forced first baseman J.P. Arencibia to stretch toward the outfield to make the catch. First-base umpire Ed Hickox called Jeter out on a close play, but the Yankees challenged at the behest of first-base coach Mick Kelleher.
The call was overturned and Jeter was given an infield hit. It was his second of the night, giving him 3,422 for his career. That is seventh all-time, leaving him eight behind Honus Wagner with 3,430.
The Yankees ended up scoring seven runs in the inning to take an 8-4 lead.
After Jeter was ruled safe, Jacoby Ellsbury fouled out and Mark Teixeira walked to load the bases. Carlos Beltran doubled home two runs and Brian McCann tied the game with a sacrifice fly. Martinez left the game after walking Chase Headley. Zoilo Almonte, facing Tolleson, drove in a run with a single, and Brendan Ryan drove home two more with a double. The final run scored when Rangers right fielder Alex Rios, in a near collision with center fielder Leonys Martin, misplayed Gardner's fly ball for a run-scoring error, with Gardner reaching third.