ARLINGTON, Tex. — On a day when the Yankees lost out on acquiring David Price and lost one of their best pitchers, Michael Pineda, to the disabled list, they lost to the Texas Rangers, 7-6, when Josh Hamilton’s single off Andrew Miller scored Leonys Martin from second base with two outs in the ninth inning.
It was a rare misstep by the bullpen, which let the lead get away in the seventh.
Mark Teixeira returned from a night off, and so did his powerful swing. He hit two home runs, giving him a team-leading 26, the last of which put the Yankees ahead by 5-4 in the seventh.
Dellin Betances relieved Justin Wilson in the seventh with one out and a runner on second, but he allowed a single to Elvis Andrus, and the tying run scored on a fielder’s choice.
Adrian Beltre then lined out to shortstop, and Hamilton walked. Betances escaped by striking out pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland as the Rangers left the bases loaded for the second time.
The Yankees did the same in the eighth, when Sam Freeman struck out Brett Gardner with the bases loaded.
The Yankees had a chance to win it in the ninth, but Brian McCann’s towering fly ball was caught just short of the right-field wall.
After learning earlier in the day that Price, whom they tried to acquire, would be heading to Toronto and that Pineda was heading to the D.L. with a strained forearm, the Yankees put the ball in the hands of C. C. Sabathia, whose transition from power pitcher to finesse pitcher has been a rocky one.
Sabathia, given a 3-0 lead when he went to the mound, gave it back immediately on Hamilton’s three-run homer.
Sabathia, who was taken to a hospital after the game for dehydration, also allowed two solo homers, by Shin-Soo Choo and Ryan Rua, giving him an American League-leading 24 homers allowed.
But he could hardly be blamed for Rua’s. It came in the fourth, when center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury misjudged Rua’s liner and the ball skipped all the way to the wall, allowing Rua to circle the bases for an inside-the-park home run.
Ellsbury atoned by catching Andrus’s drive in the ninth as he crashed into the wall.