NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees knocked out Yu Darvish after he threw 110 pitches in 5 1/3 innings and allowed solo home runs to Travis Hafner, Brett Gardner and Jayson Nix among seven hits.
After striking out four times against left-handed reliever Neal Cotts and once against Tanner Scheppers in the eighth, the Yankees began their first walk-off win when Chris Stewart drew a four-pitch walk against Scheppers (5-1).
Stewart was thrown out at second on a force play, but Brett Gardner avoided the double play when Elvis Andrus' throw deflected off of Scheppers' glove. Gardner, however was caught stealing on the first pitch of Ichiro's at-bat, but that became irrelevant when Ichiro hit a 1-2 pitch into the right field seats.
Mariano Rivera (1-0) capped an outstanding showing by the New York bullpen by retiring David Murphy on one pitch to end the ninth after allowing a two-out single to Mitch Moreland. Before Rivera's 11-pitch inning, David Robertson worked around a single and a walk in the eighth.
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda gave up two solo home runs to rookie Leonys Martins and was at 99 pitches when the Cuban outfielder came up for his third at-bat.
New York manager Joe Girardi went to Boone Logan, who gave up the go-ahead hit Sunday against Tampa Bay. This time, Logan needed just three pitches to strike out Martin on a slider.
In the first, Darvish loaded the bases by giving up three straight one-out singles, but the Yankees failed to score as Lyle Overbay and Zoilo Almonte struck out.
Texas took a 1-0 lead in the third when Martin extended his hitting streak by lining a 2-2 slider from Kuroda over the right field wall. The Rangers ran themselves out of the inning when Ian Kinsler was caught stealing second as Andrus struck out.
Texas scored an unearned run in the fourth as the result of a throwing error by third baseman David Adams on a ground ball hit by Adrian Beltre. Beltre scored when Mitch Moreland hit into a force play at second.
The Yankees made it 2-1 leading off the fourth with Hafner's 12th home run of the season. They stranded two runners in the inning when Chris Stewart grounded to third for the third out.
Texas answered quickly as Martin hit a 2-2 slider into the right field seats in the top of the fifth. Gardner made it a one-run game with a home run to start the bottom of the inning.
After Gardner's blast, the Yankees had first and third and one out, but Overbay struck out and Almonte grounded out.
NOTES: Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira had a cortisone shot Monday for his ailing right wrist that landed him on the disabled list last week just 15 games after he returned. Teixeira has yet to do any baseball-related activities and met with team doctors Tuesday. The Yankees did not have an update, but manager Joe Girardi expressed some concern. "I've said before that it's tricky. What he had is a tricky injury," Girardi said. ... Texas DH Lance Berkman said that he does not have a significant injury and returned to the lineup after sitting out the weekend series in St. Louis as a precaution. .... Yankees SS Derek Jeter and 3B Alex Rodriguez continued their rehabs from an ankle and hip injury, respectively. Jeter took batting practice and fielded ground balls. Rodriguez had a few simulated at-bats. However, according to ESPNNewYork.com, Rodriguez angered Yankees GM Brian Cashman by posting on Twitter that he had been cleared to begin playing rehab games. ... Several Rangers participated in baseball activities Tuesday as RHP Alexi Ogando (right shoulder inflammation) threw his second bullpen session, INF Jeff Baker (sore right thumb) hit off a tee, and RHP Colby Lewis (sore back) and LHP Matt Harrison (back surgery) long-tossed.