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NYY@TEX: Swisher called safe in disputed play

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba wasn't even asked about getting thrown out of Sunday's game against the Yankees. He made his feelings clear from the start.

"I don't want to talk about it," Torrealba said after the Rangers went down for the 10th time in their last 14 games in a 12-5 loss to the Yankees at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Torrealba's frustration reflected an afternoon in which the Rangers led, 4-0, after two innings against Yankees starter CC Sabathia, only to have their bullpen allow nine runs over the last five innings. The Yankees hit five home runs on the afternoon, including two by shortstop Derek Jeter and a grand slam by catcher Francisco Cervelli off rookie reliever Cody Eppley in a six-run eighth.

"We were there, we just couldn't stop them late in the game," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I used everything I had down there today."

Washington had to because he was forced to start Dave Bush for only the second time this season. Bush was called upon when the Rangers decided to scratch Alexi Ogando because of the blister on his right index finger.

Bush had not pitched since May 1 against the Athletics when he threw 64 pitches in a relief appearance. He threw 71 pitches over three innings in a spot start on April 13 against the Tigers.

The Rangers, after Bush was given a four-run lead, were hoping they could get at least five innings out of him on Sunday, especially after four relievers were needed over six innings in Saturday's 7-5 win. Bush couldn't quite get there.

He had a long third inning, when the Yankees scored two runs on three hits and an error by third baseman Adrian Beltre. That made it 4-2. Bush came back to retire the side in order in the fourth, but he was at 64 pitches and "running out of gas," as Washington put it.

"I was getting a little tired," Bush said. "But I had a pretty easy fourth inning and wanted to see if I could get three more outs. There wasn't many balls hit hard, so I wanted to go as long as I could."

He lasted just three more pitches. Jeter led off the fifth by hitting a 1-1 pitch over the wall in right-center field for his first homer of the season. That's when Washington went to get Bush and bring in Ryan Tucker. Washington had Tucker ready at the start of the inning but, with the bullpen used so heavily on Saturday night, he wanted one more inning out Bush.

"We tried to get as much out of him as we possibly could," Washington said. "I was hoping to get him through that inning, but once Jeter got him, that was it. We tried to get as much out of certain guys as we possibly could."

The Yankees were able to tie it against Tucker on a single by Curtis Granderson, a double by Mark Teixeira that fell just beyond center fielder Julio Borbon and an RBI grounder by Alex Rodriguez.

Tucker pitched a scoreless sixth, but the Yankees took the lead in the seventh when Arthur Rhodes gave up back-to-back home runs to Jeter and Granderson. Rhodes has a career 7.52 ERA against the Yankees, which is the highest for any pitcher with a minimum of 80 innings against them since World War II.

"We have a lot of power in our lineup," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We put a lot of hits up today, which was really good to see. We didn't do that on the road trip. We swung the bats really good today. Those home runs can provide a big lift for your club."

That left the Yankees with a 6-4 lead, and the Rangers added one in the bottom of the seventh when Beltre beat out an infield single to score Elvis Andrus from third base. It was still a ballgame at that point, but everything changed in the eighth, and it was the first play of the inning that left the Rangers fuming.

With Eppley on to pitch, Nick Swisher hit a grounder to first baseman Mike Napoli. He fielded the ball and raced Swisher to the bag. First-base umpire Andy Fletcher ruled that Napoli missed stepping on the bag and called Swisher safe, even though replays showed Swisher also missed the bag. Napoli, Torrealba and Washington all pleaded their case to no avail, although at that point, nobody was thrown out of the game.

"I thought I nicked the bag," Napoli said.

The inning unraveled from there. Singles by Jorge Posada and Brett Gardner loaded the bases, and Cervelli smashed a full-count fastball over the center-field wall for his first career grand slam.

"I thought it was a good pitch," Torrealba said. "Obviously, a 3-2 count and you don't want to walk the guy, and then we went right at him and he was able to get good wood on the ball. You have to give him credit, too."

Teixeira later hit a two-run home run to make it 12-5. That was it, although Torrealba got in one more word. He flied to left in the bottom of the eighth and said something to Fletcher as he crossed first base and headed to the dugout. Fletcher ejected him quickly.

"Obviously, you know what happened, so I don't want to talk about it," Torrealba said.

"You guys saw it," Napoli said. "They hit the ball and they scored a lot of runs. It just kind of spun downhill for us. They beat us. We have to forget about it and get back out there tomorrow. We're in a little grind right now, but we have to keep battling." Comments