By Joe McDonald at 26 June, 2013, 8:32 am
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No matter that ace right-handers Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda were on the mound, Yankee Stadium yielded six home runs Tuesday night with Ichiro Suzuki — never known for the long ball, even in his prime — hitting the final homer to give the New York Yankees a 4-3 victory in their final at-bat against the Texas Rangers.
Ichiro's fourth homer of the season came against Tanner Scheppers and it broke a 3-3 tie after aces Darvish of Texas and Kuroda of New York got touched up with deep flies. Darvish only made it into the sixth inning in the all-Japan starting matchup, throwing 110 pitches and allowing solo blasts to Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix. Darvish has not been as sharp going back for the past several starts.
Right guy, right place: Kuroda allowed two homers to No. 9 hitter Leonys Martin over eight innings, but closer Mariano Rivera picked up a vulturous victory — his first of the season — by pitching a scoreless ninth. Earlier in the day, Mariano also was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters . What?
"Cheating": On the winning hit, Ichiro seemed to be expecting another fastball from Scheppers, who said he threw one too many. One of the Yankee announcers referred to Ichiro's approach on the fateful pitch as "cheating," when a batter starts his swing a tad early and opens up his hips in order to pull the ball. Hey, it ain't cheatin' if you win, which the Yankees hadn't been. The Yankees had hit only four homers, and had won only six times, in their previous 15 games.
Another New York team, another walkoff: But it's not in New York, it's not a victory and it's not the Yankees. It's the Mets, who fell 5-4 to the Chicago White Sox after Alexei Ramirez lined a game-ending single against LaTroy Hawkins in the bottom of the ninth. Here's the Hawk Harrelson version . Chris Sale struck out 13 over eight, but was denied a victory because of a hilarious error by the White Sox in the ninth that caused Mets announcer Gary Cohen to make the funniest sound in major league broadcast history .