The New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers, 8-2, led by a five-run third inning that included a Nick Swisher grand slam. Swisher added another RBI in the seventh inning, singling home Derek Jeter. Jeter, Eric Chavez and Curtis Granderson also drove in a run each for the Yankees. David Phelps picked up the win, giving up only two runs on six hits in five innings of work.
Derek Lowe, who the Yankees signed earlier Monday, picked up the save. The 39-year-old worked four scoreless innings of relief against the potent Rangers offense.
For the Rangers, newly acquired pitcher Ryan Dempster gets the loss after giving up eight runs on nine hits in only six innings. Dempster has now given up eight runs twice in three starts with his new team. However, his season-long ERA still stands at a respectable 3.12.
In a losing effort, David Murphy hit his 10th home run of the season, and Nelson Cruz drove in his 70th run of the season.