The Rangers, with a five-game winning streak, are 5-1 on a trip that ends with three games against the Indians at Progessive Field. They are 15-10 on the road, but just 6-13 in Arlington.
The Rangers did not let the Yankees' aura deter them. The Yanks honored retired outfielder Bernie Williams before the game and trotted out the legends, including Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, manager Joe Torre and other former players from the championship years. The festivities rocked the house, but the Rangers spoiled the main event.
"Anytime you come in here, you see all the flags, you go out to Monument Park, you know all the players who played here," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "I'm proud of how our players handle the situation."
The offense led the way in New York. The Rangers hit .348 with a .583 slugging percentage while scoring 30 runs in the three games. They hit six home runs, including one by Adam Rosales on Sunday, and hit .394 with runners in scoring position. Prince Fielder was 8-for-14 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the series.
"The offense is playing really well," Banister said. "It's nice to see the way we're spreading the offense around."
While the Rangers were pounding the Yankees, their starters were also enjoying a good weekend. Yovani Gallardo, in his first Yankee Stadium start, allowed just two runs in six innings. Gallardo combined with Colby Lewis and Nick Martinez for a 4.12 ERA and held the Yankees to a .221 batting average.
The Rangers reworked bullpen continues to do the job. The key moment Sunday came in the eighth when left-hander Sam Freeman was called upon to get Brian McCann with two on and two outs. The Rangers were leading 5-2 and Freeman won the lefty vs. lefty battle by getting McCann to fly out to center.
Shawn Tolleson retired the side in order the ninth for his third save since moving into the closer role a week ago. He was the fourth reliever used by Banister after Gallardo pitched six quality innings. Keone Kela pitched a scoreless seventh while Ross Ohlendorf began the eighth, allowing a single and a walk in four batters before being picked up by Freeman.
The Rangers now go to Cleveland. The Indians have won six straight.
"We still have a lot of work to do," Banister said. "It would be nice to go into Cleveland and continue to play well."