ARLINGTON, Texas, July 23 (UPI) -- Brent Lillibridge
capped a ninth-inning rally with a go-ahead RBI single Tuesday, boosting the New York Yankees over Texas 5-4.
The Yanks came into their final at-bat down 4-3 and facing Rangers closer Joe Nathan (1-1), who was seeking his 32nd save, but New York began a comeback when Vernon Wells drew a one-out walk.
With Edwin Nunez at the plate, Wells went to second when Nathan slipped off the mound while delivering a pitch and Nunez followed by smacking a score-tying triple off the base of the centerfield wall.
That brought up Lillibridge, who lined a solid hit to left for the decisive blow as Nathan blew just his second save opportunity of the season.
Lillibridge finished with two RBI while Ichiro Suzuki and Austin Romine each drove in a run for the Yankees, who broke a two-game skid.
Joba Chamberlain (2-0) notched the decision and Mariano Rivera secured the win with his 32nd save.
Mitch Moreland smacked a two-run homer for Texas.
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