NEW YORK — For seven innings, the Yankees offense sputtered in its chances to push ahead against the Rangers.
But one inning and a two-out rally was all the Yankees needed to strike and change the narrative of the game. The Yankees broke a tie game open with four runs in the eight inning and emerged with a 7-3 victory over the Rangers in front of 25,170 fans on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium
The victory capped a three-game sweep over the Rangers with a massive nine-game stretch against the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Rays looming over the final week and a half of the season.
In a 3-3 game against Rangers reliever Shane Patton in the eighth, Joey Gallo — the pull-happy lefty — blooped a two-out double into a vacated shallow left field and set the stage for Gleyber Torres' go-ahead RBI double into the right-field corner.
A booted ground ball by Yonny Hernandez provided another run and Gary Sanchez blew the game open with a two-run home run into center field.
The Yankees moved back into an AL Wild Card spot with Wednesday's win and the Blue Jays' 7-1 loss to the Rays in their afternoon matinee.
The Yankees weathered a patchy start from Corey Kluber, went down by three runs early and scored the tying run in the sixth inning without a hit and a wild pitch. Then, the offense erupted with two outs in the eighth.
After trailing 3-0 after the top of the fifth inning, Kyle Higashioka collected a big two-run double in the bottom of the fifth and Aaron Judge scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the sixth.
In a big spot, Corey Kluber could not deliver against the team with the second-fewest runs and second-lowest batting average in Major League Baseball.