NEW YORK -- After dropping the first three games of their series against fellow top American League contender New York Yankees, the Texas Rangers survived a wild, back-and-forth game to salvage the finale Thursday.
Texas eventually prevailed with a 10-6 win at Yankee Stadium, after blowing an early 4-0 lead.
The Rangers pounded out 16 hits, with eight players providing at least one and the first six players in the lineup having at least two. David Murphy had three hits and two RBIs, while Adrian Beltre knocked in three runs and had a pair of hits.
Tanner Scheppers got his first major-league win in his first decision despite giving up a run on two hits while recording just one out.
Boone Logan (4-1) gave up two runs on a pair of hits as the Rangers scored three times in the seventh off Logan and Joba Chamberlain to regain the lead, 7-5.
Andruw Jones homered for New York, whose lead over the Rangers for the AL's best record dropped back to 1 1/2 games. Ichiro Suzuki, starting in center field for a resting Curtis Granderson, had three hits.
Down 9-6 in the bottom of the eighth, the Yankees brought the tying run to the plate and had runners on second and third with two outs after Ichiro blooped a double off diving center fielder Craig Gentry's glove. But Mike Adams struck out Raul Ibanez to end the inning.
After the Yankees' five-run sixth erased the Rangers' 4-0 lead, Texas countered with three in the seventh off relievers Cody Eppley and Logan.
Murphy's one-out double off Logan brought home a run charged to Eppley, and Gentry followed Mitch Moreland's intentional walk with a two-out, two-strike, two-run single to center to give Texas a 7-5 lead.
The Yankees closed within 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh, but the Rangers added a pair of insurance runs off Chamberlain, who had given up the hit to Gentry in the seventh.
Elvis Andrus led off the eighth with a double to right and reached third when Nick Swisher bobbled the ball in the corner for an error. Andrus scored on Beltre's sacrifice fly to left to make it 8-6. Geovany Soto added a two-out RBI single to give Texas a 9-6 lead.
Trailing 4-0, the Yankees stunned the Rangers with five runs in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead.
Rangers starter Derek Holland had kept the Yankees scoreless and limited them to one hit through five, but they chased him seven batters into the inning, reaching him for four hits and tying the game on Jones' two-run homer.
The Yankees took the lead thanks to an error by rookie Mike Olt, who started in right field for the first time in his young career. With second baseman Ian Kinsler and right fielder Nelson Cruz struggling, Rangers manager Ron Washington wanted to give them a day off and opted for Olt in right. Casey McGehee's long fly popped out of Olt's glove for an error and Russell Martin followed with a single off of Scheppers to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead.
The Rangers' revamped lineup got on the board quickly against Ivan Nova, scoring two in the first on a two-run single by Beltre. But Beltre started a trend of early wasted opportunities for Texas, getting thrown out trying to stretch it to a double.
The Rangers loaded the bases in the third with no one out, with help from a pair of walks, but Nova managed an impressive escape. He struck out Josh Hamilton before getting Beltre to ground into a fielder's choice at the plate and striking out Murphy to exit the inning without allowing a run.
Texas made it 4-0 in the sixth, as the inning was sparked by a ball Jones lost in the sun for a double by Hamilton. Murphy's RBI single brought Hamilton home and a fielder's choice grounder scored Texas' fourth run.
Nova allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, while Holland gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits in the same number of innings.
NOTES: Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano was out of the lineup with a stiff neck for the second game in a row, but he pinch hit in the eighth and stayed in the game. ... Derek Jeter extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Chamberlain's ERA rose to 9.00 after he allowed two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings.