Slumping Rangers Lose to Yankees 3-1

New York Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi had a no hitter in the seventh when Texas Rangers rookie Nomar Mazara led off the inning with a single. The Yankees won 3-1 at Texas against the slumping Rangers. Eovaldi (1-2) got the victory.

Texas started Triple-A call-up Cesar Ramos in place of ace Cole Hamels, who has a sore groin injury believed to be minor. Ramos (0-1) took the loss, giving up sole homers to outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury and second baseman Starlin Castro, and finished with a line of six innings pitched, nine hits and three earned runs.

The only Rangers run was on a eighth-inning homer by catcher Brett Nicholas, his second of the season. New York pitchers Eovaldi, Dellin Betances and closer Andrew Miller held Texas to three hits.

Rangers relievers Phil Klein, Jake Diekman and Tom Wilhelmsen threw three innings without giving up a run, with one hit, four strikeouts and no walks.

Hamels threw 26 pitches in training Monday and could return to the rotation on Saturday.

Texas (10-10) has lost four games in a row, dropping a half-game out of first in the A.L. West behind the Seattle Mariners (10-9).

On Tuesday, the Rangers pitch A.J. Griffin (2-0) against Luis Severino (0-2). Severino, 22, is the youngest starter thus far in the Major League season.