|Arencibia: 7 RBI|
Doing just about everything he could to secure a win for the Texas Rangers, JP Arencibia went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two homers - a solo blast and a grand slam - drive in seven runs and scored twice, but his outstanding effort was not enough to prevent the Rangers from losing the middle game of their three-game home set with the Yankees, 12-11.
Texas took a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, but, after the Yankees plated seven batsmen in the top of the inning, the Rangers played catch-up the rest of the way. Despite scoring four runs in the seventh, another run in the eighth, two in the bottom of the ninth, and out-hitting the Yankees, 15-12, the Rangers could not produce even the tying run, relegating them to the basement of the AL West, 25 1/2 games out.
Winning kept the Yankees in the hunt in the East, 4 1/2 games behind the Orioles. Toronto is in second place in the division, 2 1/2 out.
The rubber game of the series gets underway at 8:05 pm EDT in Texas.
Winners of four straight, the LA Dodgers have wrested control of the NL West.
Opening a three-game series in Atlanta Tuesday, Matt Kemp belted a pair of two-run homers for an 8-4 LA victory, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 lead in the second and sealing the win with his seventh-inning shot, which made the score 7-4.
Kemp added a single to go 3-for-4, upping his average to .282. The homers were his ninth and 10th; his RBI total stands at nine.
The win gave the Dodgers more breathing room in the division, as the Giants lost their sixth straight, falling to Pittsburgh, 3-1, and three games off the pace.
Game two of the series is slated for 7:10 pm PDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.