ARLINGTON (AP) – Derek Jeter had four hits to stretch his hitting streak to 13 games, Alex Rodriguez belted career home run No. 632 and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 on Monday night.
CC Sabathia (2-0) struck out eight over eight innings for his 11th career win against the two-time defending American League champion Rangers, who won their first five series this season.
The big left-hander was pitching with an extra day of rest after the Yankees’ scheduled series finale at Boston was rained out Sunday night, a day after New York overcame a 9-0 deficit for a 15-9 win over the Red Sox.
Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.
New York has won 10 of 13 since being swept in three games at Tampa Bay to start the season.
Josh Hamilton homered for the Rangers.
Derek Holland (2-1), the 25-year-old left-hander who signed a $28.5 million, five-year contract extension this spring, has never beaten the Yankees. He gave up seven runs and nine hits with four walks and one strikeout in six innings.
Holland is 0-5 with a 9.26 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) against New York.
Rodriguez hit a three-run homer, his third of the season, in the fifth for a 6-1 lead. The Rangers hadn’t given up more than five runs in a game before that, and Jeter added an RBI double in the sixth.
New York went ahead to stay when Curtis Granderson blooped a two-run single into short right-center with two outs in the first. Jeter led off the game with an infield single and Robinson Cano also had a single.
It was the 42nd career four-hit game for Jeter, who is batting .450 (27 for 60) during his current hitting streak and raised his season average to .411.
All of his hits came in the first six innings against Holland before he struck out in the ninth against Koji Uehara.
No. 9 batter Chris Stewart drew a leadoff walk in the Yankees fifth and scored on Nick Swisher‘s sacrifice fly. Rodriguez homered later in that inning, the ball landing in the reconfigured visitors’ bullpen just beyond the left-center wall.
Hamilton’s AL-leading eighth homer was a 422-foot solo shot to right-center in the sixth to get Texas within 7-2. The homer came a couple of pitches after his bat flew out of his hands on a swing and landed in the front row of seats past the Rangers dugout.
Before that homer, Hamilton was 1 for 15 with six strikeouts in his career against Sabathia.
No Rangers player had ever gotten his eighth homer quicker in a season – Hamilton’s coming in the 17th game. Rodriguez needed 18 games to hit his eighth homer in 2002, his second of three seasons in Texas when he went on to hit a career-best 57 homers.
Ian Kinsler led off the Rangers first with a single and scored when Hamilton grounded into a double play.
Craig Gentry had a two-run double in the seventh for the Rangers.
NOTES: Yu Darvish (2-0) makes his second home start for Texas on Tuesday night against Hiroki Kuroda (1-2). It will be the seventh matchup of Japanese starting pitchers in major league history, the first since Kuroda was with the Dodgers and faced Hisanori Takahashi of the Mets on July 22, 2010. … Sabathia is 4-0 in five starts against Texas during his four seasons with the Yankees. … Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte will make the next start in his comeback Wednesday for Double-A Trenton.