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NYY@TEX: Borbon's great bunt gives Rangers the lead

ARLINGTON -- Neftali Feliz returned to the closer's role on Saturday night, and his 1-2-3 ninth put the exclamation point on a terrific night for the Rangers' bullpen.

Feliz was the fourth of four relievers that held the Yankees to one run over six innings, and the Rangers, after blowing a five-run lead, were able to pull out a 7-5 victory before a sellout crowd of 49,574 at the Ballpark in Arlington.

"The bullpen did a great job," Rangers infielder Michael Young said. "That was the story of the game."

Young had something to do about it as well with a season-high four hits, including his second home run. Mitch Moreland had three hits, and Julio Borbon drove in three runs with a two-run triple and a sixth-inning squeeze bunt that brought home the go-ahead run.

The seven runs came after the Rangers had scored five or less in eight of their previous nine games. This was only the Rangers' third win in their last 10 games and they needed more than five runs to win it.

"Our record is not where we want it to be, but I'm proud of the way we're battling," Young said. "We're still taking a good approach offensively, and if we can keep doing that, we'll be fine."

Young hit a home run to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first. David Murphy's third home run led off the Rangers' four-run second, and Borbon also had his two-run triple that inning off Yankees starter Bartolo Colon. That gave the Rangers a 5-0 lead, but starter Derek Holland couldn't take advantage of the prosperity.

Holland has been plagued by one bad inning in his last four starts, and the third inning on Saturday night was just that and more. He pretty much made his feelings clear on the subject.

"Embarrassing," Holland said. "I just didn't execute my pitches. I gave it away."

Holland walked Jorge Posada to lead off the third. He was able to get Russell Martin to ground into a double play, but the inning was far from over.

Instead Derek Jeter doubled, Curtis Granderson walked and Mark Teixeira hit a high pop that fell into shallow center field for a run-scoring single. Holland then walked Alex Rodriguez to load the bases.

That brought up Robinson Cano, and he hit a slicing line drive into left-center field. Borbon, racing over from center, tried to make a diving catch and missed completely. The ball rolled all the way to the wall, and Cano ended up at third with a three-run triple.

Holland, after walking Nick Swisher, got out of the inning by striking out Andruw Jones. But his night ended when he walked Posada to open the fourth.

"A fall-apart inning," Holland said. "Every game it has been one inning, and I could feel it tonight. I kept telling myself, 'This is the inning, we're here, let's battle one pitch at a time.' But I didn't execute my pitches."

The bullpen saved him. Brett Tomko took over and pitched two scoreless innings. He gave up a game-tying home run to Swisher to open the sixth, but that was the last run for the Yankees on the night.

Tomko faced one more batter, getting Jones on a grounder to short, and Rangers relievers ended up retiring 12 of the last 13 batters they faced. Arthur Rhodes struck out two to end the sixth, Darren Oliver pitched two scoreless innings and then Feliz retired the side in order in the ninth. It was his sixth save of the season and first since coming off the disabled list on Friday.

"A great night for the bullpen," Rhodes said. "We kept the game close, and our offense was hitting the ball all over the field. It was just a great night."

Rhodes ended up getting his first victory when the Rangers scored two in the bottom of the sixth to take a 7-5 lead against the Yankees' bullpen.

"We were able to keep our heads in the game and kept fighting," Borbon said. "We kept believing we were going to still put more runs on the board."

Moreland, facing left-handed reliever Boone Logan, led off the sixth with a double and went to third on Chris Davis' line-drive single to right. That brought up Borbon, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi went to the mound to warn against the squeeze. The Rangers waited until the third pitch and, with the count 1-1, Borbon dropped a bunt that scored Moreland. Borbon was barely thrown out at first by Logan.

"We knew they were going to do something," Logan said. "Really, I just needed to throw strikes and get the out. He put down a perfect bunt, I charged it as best I could and there was no chance at the plate. It's frustrating."

The Rangers are now 3-for-3 on executing the squeeze bunt this season, but they weren't through. Right-hander David Robertson took over for Logan and, after Ian Kinsler grounded out, Young bounced a single up the middle to give the Rangers a 7-5 lead.

On this night, that was more than enough for the bullpen. Comments