By LARRY FLEISHER Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Harrison Bader hit a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees overcame Gerrit Cole’s shortest start of the season and rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
The Yankees won for the third time in 30 games when trailing after seven innings after entering the eighth with one hit since the second inning.
Rookie Anthony Volpe sparked the comeback with a double off John King (1-1) and Jose Trevino followed with an infield single. Bader gave the Yankees the lead by ripping a 1-1 pitch from Yerry Rodríguez past left fielder Ezequiel Duran to the warning track as pinch-runner Oswaldo Cabrera scored from first.
Giancarlo Stanton followed an intentional walk to Anthony Rizzo with a base hit for a 5-3 lead.
DJ LeMahieu hit an early two-run double for the Yankees, who improved to 8-10 since Aaron Judge sprained his right big toe at Dodger Stadium on June 3. The Yankees are 12-16 with Judge on the injured list and 31-19 with the AL MVP available.
Ron Marinaccio (4-3) stranded a runner in the top half of the eighth before Bader and Stanton came through. Michael King pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out Adolis Garcia to secure his fifth save.
Cole allowed three runs and a season-high nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. It was Cole’s shortest start since lasting 2 1/3 innings June 9, 2022, at Minnesota when he allowed five homers.
Corey Seager hit an RBI single two batters in and Texas scored twice in the second. Jonah Heim homered and Leody Taveras hit an RBI double as the AL West-leading Rangers lost for the third time in five games.
Texas starter Nathan Eovaldi allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Marcus Semien opened with a double and Seager made it 1-0 with a base hit.
After Cole finished the 27-pitch first with three strikeouts, the Yankees ran themselves out of the bottom half.
Gleyber Torres was easily doubled off second after running to third on Bader’s popup. Semien raced out to make a sliding basket catch in short right field and Torres was easily thrown out after he reached third.
Heim blasted the first pitch of the second into the right field bleachers for his 11th homer, and Taveras ripped a double down the left field line for a 3-0 lead.
DONALDSON GETS A BREAK
3B Josh Donaldson was held out of the starting lineup for the third straight game and had a lengthy conversation with Aaron Boone, prompting the manager to be about 30 minutes late for his pregame news conference.
Donaldson is hitting .125 (8 for 64) in 21 games this year. Since returning from a hamstring injury June 2, the veteran is 6 for 48 with 14 strikeouts.
“This is just a stretch, I felt like I wanted to give him a couple of days to kind of work through and that was kind of my decision on that through this little stretch, but I expect him to get consistent at-bats,” Boone said.
Donaldson’s only appearance against Texas occurred in the 10th inning when he batted for Billy McKinney and struck out against Will Smith (note surname reference if used in gamer).