NEW YORK – A wet field gave the New York Yankees one weird win.
Brett Gardner hit a tiebreaking homer off All-Star ace Yu Darvish, and New York beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 Wednesday night in a rain-shortened game called in the fifth inning under bizarre circumstances.
Once the rain stopped, the grounds crew did its best to dry out the field. But both managers expressed concern about players getting hurt on the soft basepaths, and the game was called after an unusual delay that lasted 1 hour, 49 minutes.
“The field was just not playable,” umpire crew chief Dale Scott told a pool reporter.
During the delay, the last-place Rangers reached an agreement to trade closer Joakim Soria to Detroit for minor league pitchers Jake Thompson and Corey Knebel.
David Phelps (5-4) pitched out of a jam just before the storm, and Francisco Cervelli doubled twice to help the Yankees win for the fifth time in six games on a 10-game homestand following the All-Star break.
Chase Headley had a double in his first start for New York after he was acquired in Tuesday’s trade with San Diego.
Phelps gave up five hits in his first career complete game. After a one-out triple by Leonys Martin in the fifth, the right-hander retired Chris Gimenez on a foul popup and struck out Rougned Odor.
Play was halted with one out in the bottom of the fifth, and the grounds crew struggled mightily to pull the tarp through the mud as a heavy downpour soaked the field. It appeared the teams were ready to resume at one point, but managers Joe Girardi and Ron Washington were worried about more injuries to their banged-up teams.
After much discussion with the umpires and head groundskeeper Dan Cunningham, a light rain returned and the tarp was put back on the field. Less than 10 minutes later, the game was stopped for good — giving the Yankees the victory.
Darvish (9-6) allowed four hits and threw 67 pitches in his second complete game of the year. He struck out five and walked none.
The Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-2 against Darvish. He was fooled badly when he struck out swinging in the second with two outs and a runner in scoring position. It was his first career strikeout in 18 at-bats against Darvish.
Twins 3, Indians 1
In Minneapolis, Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start, Oswaldo Arcia homered and the Twins beat Cleveland.
Angels 3, Orioles 2
In Anaheim, Kole Calhoun drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Brian Matusz in the eighth inning after a tying RBI double by Erick Aybar for Los Angeles.
The Angels recorded their major league-best 31st come-from-behind win.
Athletics 9, Astros 7
In Oakland, Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the Athletics held off Houston.
Royals 2, White Sox 1
In Chicago, Mike Moustakas scored the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth when White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers couldn’t handle a throw home, and Kansas City beat the hosts.
On the pivotal play, Norichika Aoki, who was 2-for-3 with a walk, flared a single to center field.
Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4
In Toronto, Jose Bautista homered and drove in two runs, R.A. Dickey won for the first time in three starts and the Blue Jays beat Clay Buchholz and Boston.
Buchholz (5-6) was knocked to the ground in the first inning when a comebacker from Munenori Kawasaki, who was 1-for-3 on the night, bounced over his glove and struck him on the right temple.
Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5
In Phoenix, Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Austin Jackson ripped a three-run double and Detroit wore out Arizona in a slugfest.
Mets 3, Mariners 2
In Seattle, Bartolo Colon came within seven outs of a perfect game, giving up a single to Robinson Cano with two outs in the seventh, and New York held off a late M’s rally.
Rays 3, Cardinals 0
In Tampa Bay, Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading the Rays to a victory over St. Louis.