NEW YORK – Gleyber Torres pushed Joey Gallo into the tiebreaker run with a double in the eighth inning, Gary Sanchez followed with a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Rangers 7-3 on Wednesday night. Texas
After sweeping the three-game series, the Yankees prepare for a duel against their bitter rivals, which will decide their fate in the postseason.
New York made two mistakes, allowed two robberies and held the contempt of a runner who continued on the trails despite being given a stop signal, although he scored easily. Another instead was removed on the plate.
It was not a perfect performance, but it was enough against bottom Rangers. The next test seems much more difficult.
The Yankees, seeking a wild-card berth to the playoffs, will visit Fenway Park for three games against the Boston Red Sox, starting Friday. Then, they will play three games in Toronto and end the regular season hosting Tampa Bay three times.
New York holds a half-game advantage over Toronto in the fight for the second and final wild-card. The Blue Jays lost a matinee to Tampa Bay, which secured their ticket to the postseason.
Boston was two games ahead of the Yankees going into Wednesday.
The Yankees scored four times with two outs in the eighth inning after Gallo reached base off his former team by ballooning off Spencer Patton (1-2). The ball fell into empty left field.
The Venezuelan Torres followed with a line to the right, to give the advantage to New York by 4-3.
Chad Green (9-7) took the win by hitting a blank in the eighth inning. Cuban Aroldis Chapman processed the ninth, without being eligible for the rescue.
For the Rangers, the Venezuelan Yonny Hernández 4-1 with a run scored. The Cubans Andy Ibáñez 4-0, Adolis García 4-1 with a run scored.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelan Torres 3-1 with two runs scored and one RBI. Colombian Gio Urshela 4-2 with two runs scored. The Dominican Sánchez 1-1 with one scored and two produced.