Yankees 4, Rangers 3: Four home runs? Sure, why not!

I’m sorry but did that just really happen?

Not only did the Yankees win on a walk off home run – it was their first time doing that sort of thing all season – but did that same home run actually come off the bat of Ichiro Suzuki? Why yes, yes it did.

In a night where the big attraction was the matchup between Japanese aces Hiroki Kuroda and Yu Darvish, it was the Japanese hitter not exactly known for his home run prowess though he has been known to hit a few who delivers the big blow. Don’t you just love baseball?

And Ichiro wasn’t the only one who went deep. In fact, that’s how the Yankees got all four of their runs: solo home runs. Jayson Nix, Brett Gardner and Travis Hafner also went deep tonight to help lead the Yankees to victory over the Rangers.

Both Kuroda and Darvish didn’t factor into the decision and Mariano Rivera, who came in to pitch the top of the ninth, in a tie game, got his first win of the season.

Texas centerfielder Leonys Martin hit two home runs off Kuroda, while Darvish gave up Hafner’s, Gardner’s and Nix’s. Reliever Tanner Scheppers gave up the walk off to Ichiro.

The Yankees are now 16-5 against the Rangers since being ousted by them in the 2010 ALCS and more importantly are 42-34 on the year and keeping pace with first place Boston who are at the moment, up 10-4 in their game against the Colorado Rockies.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.