NEW YORK—Shin-Soo Choo hit a go-ahead single and a three-run homer in a 10-run third inning that chased CC Sabathia from his shortest start in six years as the Texas Rangers routed the reeling Yankees 15-4 Saturda.
Shoo and Prince Fielder each had two hits in the third, when Texas sent 14 batters to the plate. Fielder finished with three RBIs and hit his third homer in a two games, a two-run drive in the seventh off Branden Pinder.
Every starter had at least one hit for Texas. The Rangers, who rode a seven-run third Friday to a 10-9 win, won their fourth straight and at 20-23 are three games under .500 for the first time since they were 6-9. New York lost its fifth in a row.
The game was such a rout that Garrett Jones, a right fielder and first baseman, relieved for the Yankees. In the first pitching appearance of his eight-season big league career, he worked around a walk and a hit batter to get the final two outs of the ninth on a groundout and flyout.
Nick Martinez (4-0) beat New York for the first time in three career starts. The 18th-round draft pick, who has a 1.96 ERA, allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings, including a pair of solo home runs. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 15 consecutive starts.
Shortstop Didi Gregorius, right fielder Carlos Beltran and catcher John Ryan Murphy all made fielding miscues in the third, the highest-scoring inning for the Rangers since an 11-run third against Houston in a 16-5 win over Aug. 29, 2013, according to STATS.
New York’s season has been split into three segments: a 3-6 start, an 18-6 spurt that built a four-game AL East lead and their first 1-9 skid since May 28-June 7, 2005, which has dropped them to 22-21 overall.
Sabathia (2-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, his briefest outing since June 21, 2009, against the Marlins, when he left after 1 1/3 innings because of a tight left biceps. He had been 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in four career starts with the Yankees when New York entered with a losing streak of four games or more.