The top of the fifth had all the makings of a disaster for CC Sabathia and the Yankees. Matt Treanor led off with a solo home run that put the Rangers on the board, but it didn't stop there. Mitch Moreland ripped a single into center. And after Elvis Andrus struck out on a high fastball, Michael Young then ripped a single into right, just in front of Brett Gardner.
That put two on with one out against a Sabathia who'd already allowed eight hits in the game. And it put him in that position against Josh Hamilton, who took Sabathia out of the yard in Game 1 for a three-run homer.
Sabathia, though, was able to get ahead, and on a 1-1 fastball, he got Hamilton to ground to Robinson Cano at second, who started a 4-6-3 double play to end it. Sabathia hasn't been close to his best this afternoon, but he's only allowed the one run through five, which has his team in a good position.
Starting the bottom of the fifth, David Murphy has entered the game and replaced Nelson Cruz in left field for reasons unknown.