The Yankees were able to overcome another shaky relief effort by Mariano Rivera. After coughing up the lead in losing Wednesday night's game, he allowed a run in the ninth before converting his 22nd save in 27 chances. He has given up at least one run in three straight appearances.
Alex Rodriguez had a solo homer for the Rangers.
Jeff Nelson made his Bronx return a triumphant one, getting rookie Mark Teixeira to fly out with the bases loaded to end the eighth. He was re-acquired by the Yankees on Wednesday for reliever Armando Benitez.