NEW YORK - OCTOBER 19: Manager Ron Washington and Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees by a score of 10-3 in Game Four of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 19 2010 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

ALCS Game 4: Rangers Push Yankees To Brink With Convincing 10-3 Win

A three-run homer by Bengie Molina put the Rangers in the lead in the sixth inning, and they only continued to pile on as they take a 3-1 lead in the series. Check out more at Pinstripe Alley and Lone Star Ball.

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Bengie Molina, Josh Hamilton Key Rangers Comeback Win Over Yankees In ALCS Game 4

Coming into Game 4, there was a lot of chatter over whether or not Joe Girardi was making the right call by starting A.J. Burnett over CC Sabathia on short rest. Girardi insisted that he was confident in the struggling righty. And Burnett made Girardi look like a genius, right up until his second-to-last batter of the game.

Bengie Molina hit a lead-changing three-run home run off A.J. Burnett in the sixth inning, and the Rangers only continued to pile on after that against the Yankee bullpen in winning Game 4 by a score of 10-3 and taking a 3-1 series lead.

Despite all the talk, Burnett came out and looked sharp in the early going. He was perfect through the first two innings, and he was even staked to a lead when Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Rangers starter Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the second. It appeared that right fielder Nelson Cruz was interfered with by fans as he attempted to make a leaping catch, but umpires ruled that no interference occurred, and the homer was upheld.

Burnett then experienced some struggles in the third, when he hit one batter and walked another. Those two runners would come around to score on a fielder's choice groundout and an infield single by Michael Young, putting the Rangers on top 2-1.

However, the Yankees came right back in support of Burnett and tied it up with a two-out RBI single by Curtis Granderson in the bottom half. And after Burnett kept the Rangers scoreless in the fourth, the Yankees gave him the lead once more on a Brett Gardner groundout with the bases loaded. That groundout was hit to the right of shortstop Elvis Andrus and required a tremendous diving stop to prevent the ball from getting to the outfield, so the Rangers caught a break, but even still, the Yankees were out in front. And they were also into the Ranger bullpen, as Hunter had been pulled by Ron Washington in the inning.

Burnett preserved the 3-2 lead by escaping a jam in the top of the fifth. The bottom saw the Yankees attempt to add some insurance, when they put two men on with nobody out, but they weren't able to convert. Additionally, first baseman Mark Teixeira injured his hamstring in the inning running out a groundball, and was taken out of the game. Marcus Thames took over his spot in the lineup, and Nick Swisher moved to first base.

One got the sense that the Yankees might regret wasting such an opportunity, and the reason why became evident in the sixth. Burnett very nearly tossed another scoreless inning. After allowing a leadoff single, he retired the next two batters he faced. He then issued an intentional walk. That brought Bengie Molina to the plate, and when Burnett threw him a first-pitch fastball, all his good was undone. Molina ripped a high fly ball deep into left field and just tucked it inside the foul pole for a three-run homer that put the Rangers on top 5-3.

Stunned, the Yankees were unable to muster a rally in their half, and the Rangers added to their lead in the seventh when Josh Hamilton pulled a solo home run, and Ian Kinsler later drove in a runner from second by dropping a blooper into no man's land in right field. Kinsler's single put the Rangers up 7-3.

The Yankees got their chance to rally in the bottom of the eighth, when the Ranger bullpen ran into trouble and walked the bases loaded with one out. Darren Oliver then came in and appeared to clip Nick Swisher's right pant leg with a low inside breaking ball, but the umpire disagreed, and Swisher flied out to shallow center for the second out. Lance Berkman subsequently pulled a hard groundball to third base, but Michael Young made a nice pick and throw to second to finish it off. The Yankees went down scoreless, and had wasted another chance.

The Rangers added three more runs in the ninth on home runs by Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Oliver stayed in to close out the bottom of the ninth, and after four hours and five minutes of baseball, the Rangers had a win and a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 5 will be played Wednesday, at 4:07pm ET, and will pit CC Sabathia up against C.J. Wilson in a rematch of Game 1. The Yankees now have to win out if they want a chance to advance, while the Rangers simply have to win one of their next three.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Darren Oliver Closes Out Big Win

The top of the ninth put this one in the books, and once again, the bottom of the ninth was little but a formality. Despite a leadoff single by Brett Gardner, Darren Oliver retired the next three hitters with little trouble, wrapping up a 10-3 win that wasn't nearly as lopsided as its final score.

The Rangers take a three games to one lead in the series, and send C.J. Wilson to the mound for Wednesday's Game 5 as they look to finish the Yankees off.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz Add Ninth-Inning Home Runs

No sooner did the Yankees miss out on a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth than the Rangers came back and blew this thing wide, wide open in the ninth.

Facing reliever Sergio Mitre, Josh Hamilton led off the inning with his second home run of the game - a towering fly to right-center field. Two batters later, Nelson Cruz absolutely destroyed a ball into left for a two-run shot that extended the Texas lead to 10-3.

Any fans who're left in the stadium might be asleep. All the conscious have descended upon the exits.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Ian Kinsler Drives In Seventh Ranger Run

The boo-birds are out in a big way in New York.

Bengie Molina's three-run homer in the sixth was bad enough. Then Josh Hamilton hit a solo blast in the seventh. But the Rangers still weren't done. After Joba Chamberlain came in to replace Boone Logan, Vladimir Guerrero ripped a double to the left-center gap, and Nelson Cruz drew a walk. With two on and two out, Ian Kinsler followed by hitting a pop-up to no man's land between first, second, and right field. The ball dropped between three Yankee defenders, allowing the Rangers' seventh run to score.

That's where we stand going into the stretch. The Yankees have nine outs to score at least four runs if they don't want to be pushed to the brink of elimination.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Josh Hamilton Adds Insurance Home Run In Seventh

The Rangers may have suffered a late meltdown in Game 1, but it's the Yankees who're suffering a late meltdown in Game 4.

Bengie Molina hit a lead-changing three-run homer in the top of the sixth to put the Rangers up 5-3. Derek Holland was then able to work through the Yankees 1-2-3, preserving the score. That brought us to the top of the seventh, where the Rangers have only decided to add.

Josh Hamilton came up against lefty specialist Boone Logan with two out and none on. Logan's first pitch sailed to the backstop. Logan's second pitch was blasted high and deep to right-center field for a solo home run that extended the Rangers' lead to three.

A series that began so well for New York is turning into an absolute nightmare. The Rangers are still batting in the seventh, now against Joba Chamberlain.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Bengie Molina Three-Run Homer Suddenly Has Rangers In Lead

The Yankees blew a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the bottom of the fifth, when they had two on with none out and couldn't make hay. One wondered if they'd be made to rue their failure to convert.

They're probably ruing now.

A.J. Burnett allowed a leadoff single in the top of the sixth. He managed to retire the next two batters he faced before issuing an intentional walk to David Murphy to face Bengie Molina. But as it turns out, that wasn't such a good idea, as Burnett gave Molina a first-pitch inside fastball and Molina blasted it deep to left field, right down the line. The fly ball sneaked inside the foul pole and counted a three-run homer that turned a 3-2 Yankee game into a 5-3 Ranger lead.

A huge, huge hit, that will have all of New York wondering why Joe Girardi left Burnett in the game as long as he did. We're into the bottom of the sixth, where Derek Holland remains on the mound.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Mark Teixeira Exits With Leg Injury

With two on and none out in the bottom of the fifth, Mark Teixeira came up and hit a groundball to third. And on his way down to first base, he grimaced and pulled up, holding the back of his leg.

Yankee trainers came out of the dugout and helped Teixeira off the field. From the looks of things, his right hamstring tightened up, and he's been replaced by Marcus Thames at first. The Yankees, obviously, will hope that Teixeira is okay, although it is worth noting that he remains hitless in the series.

It is very possible that Mark Teixeira will not make another appearance in the ALCS.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Brett Gardner Restores Narrow Lead

The Yankees were able to chase Tommy Hunter from the game with just one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth. In came lefty Derek Holland, and though Holland did about the best he could with the situation, the Yankees managed to take a 3-2 lead.

Brett Gardner grounded a ball to Elvis Andrus' right that looked like it would sneak into the outfield for a base hit. Andrus, though, came up with a diving stop, and threw to third base just in time to beat Robinson Cano to the bag. That fielder's choice scored Alex Rodriguez.

The next batter - Francisco Cervelli - struck out looking on a fastball, stranding two runners.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Derek Jeter Triple Leads To Tie Game

All of a sudden, this game's chock-full of action. Suddenly armed with a 2-1 lead, Tommy Hunter made quick work of the first two Yankees he faced in the bottom of the third. But then Derek Jeter came up and blasted an inside cutter deep to center field, just off the top of the fence. The ball caromed back away from Josh Hamilton, and Jeter made it into third base for an easy two-out triple.

Up next, Curtis Granderson ripped a single off the glove of a diving Ian Kinsler. That base hit scored Jeter from third, tying the game, and that's where we stand going into the fourth. Hunter's pitch count stands at 44.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: A.J. Burnett Struggles In Third, Allows Two

Perhaps the bliss could only last so long. After spinning a flawless first two innings, A.J. Burnett reverted to the A.J. Burnett everyone was fearing would show up in the third. He walked David Murphy to start off, and uncorked a wild pitch and beaned Bengie Molina when Molina was squaring around to bunt. That put two runners on, and they were both able to advance on sac bunt by Mitch Moreland.

Elvis Andrus came up next and bounced a grounder to score Murphy from third, tying the game. And with two down, Michael Young chopped a swinging bunt past the mound, and Alex Rodriguez wasn't able to come up with a throw. That infield single scored a second run, and it's now 2-1 Rangers going into the bottom of the third.

Burnett threw 18 pitches in the inning.


Rangers Vs. Yankees, ALCS Game 4: Robinson Cano Rips Controversial Solo Home Run

With one down in the bottom of the second, Robinson Cano stepped up against Tommy Hunter and launched an 0-1 inside fastball into the right field seats for a solo home run to put the Yankees in the lead.

The home run, though, was not without its controversy. Cano's ball narrowly cleared the wall, and fans were reaching out with their hands into the field of play. As right fielder Nelson Cruz attempted to make a leaping catch, his glove came into contact with those hands, preventing him from getting full extension.

Ron Washington came out to argue, but the umpires ruled it a home run without meeting and without going to replay. It is therefore 1-0 New York.

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