Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Gardner's diving catch looms even larger after Yankees rally against Rangers

Brett Gardner's outstanding diving catch to end the eighth inning and rob Elvis Andrus of a sure double looks a lot better to Yankees fans after their team came back from a 4-3 deficit in the top of the ninth to beat the Rangers, 5-4.

Comebacks have been rare for the weak-hitting Yankees this season—especially with the bottom of the order coming up and down one — so any runs the Rangers could have tacked on to their lead would have greatly diminished just about any chance of a come-from-behind win Tuesday night.

After Gardner's catch kept the Yankees' hopes alive, Brent Lillibridge — recently called up to the Yanks to play a position A-Rod was slated to handle by now — atoned for a costly error earlier at third by driving home Eduardo Nunez for the winning run in front of 42,000 stunned fans at Rangers Ballpark.

Afterwards, Gardner would call it "the biggest win of the year."

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