ARLINGTON -- Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia had a night to remember. But afterward, he said it was not enough.
"It was obviously a good game, but I want to help the team win, and unfortunately, we were one run short tonight," Arencibia said after the Rangers lost to the Yankees, 12-11, on Tuesday night.
The Rangers would not have been close without Arencibia. He finished the night 4-for-5 with two doubles and two home runs. The second home run was a grand slam, and he drove in a career-high seven RBIs.
"Tremendous night," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I mean, two doubles to start off, back it up with two home runs, a grand slam. He had a tremendous night. He kept us in the ballgame."
"He was swinging well tonight," Yankees starter Brandon McCarthy said. "He was the guy that hurt us all night long."
It was the eighth time Arencibia has hit two home runs in a game, and the third time he has done it in Arlington. The grand slam, coming in the seventh inning, was the third of his career, and the first for the Rangers this season.
This was the third time in Rangers history that a player had a minimum of 12 total bases and seven RBIs in a game. Josh Hamilton had 18 total bases and eight RBIs in his four-homer game against the Orioles on May 8, 2012, and Jose Canseco had 14 total bases and eight RBIs against the Mariners on June 13, 1994.
Arencibia has now played in 12 games since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock after the All-Star break, and he is 11-for-44 (.250) with five home runs and 16 RBIs. He played in 20 games for the Rangers prior to being sent to the Minors on May 20, and went 8-for-60 (.133) with one home run and six RBIs.
"Obviously, like I said, I had a good game," Arencibia said. "I felt good and confident, made adjustments in Triple-A, and that's what I was doing. Not every day to that extent, but I was consistently having good games and driving the ball. Tonight, it was a testament to the work down there, but again, I want to help the team win. And obviously I tried my best, but it didn't happen tonight."
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.