But Jeter's solid effort was dampened by New York's 10-3 loss to Texas, a defeat that puts the Yankees in a 3-1 deficit and on the brink of elimination in the ALCS.
"We're trying to win games," Jeter said. "To be honest with you, it's kind of hard to sit here and feel good about anything."
After grounding out in his first at-bat, Jeter blasted Rangers starter Tommy Hunter's third-inning pitch off the left-field wall for a triple, narrowly missing a homer and giving the Yankees a two-out baserunner. He scored on Curtis Granderson's ensuing base hit, marking his 32nd career run scored in an LCS, which passed Williams for the most all time in either league.
With Williams looking on as part of a capacity crowd at Yankee Stadium, Jeter erased another record by the former Yankees outfielder in the fifth, when he belted his 30th career postseason double, a mark that eclipses Williams. The leadoff two-bagger came off Rangers reliever Derek Holland and marked his 10th in LCS play, a mark that ties Jeter with Williams and former Yankees player Hideki Matsui for the most all time.
Through the first five innings of Tuesday's game, Jeter went 2-for-3 with a run scored and is now three hits shy of tying Manny Ramirez (59) for the most all-time LCS hits. Jeter played in his 50th career LCS game on Monday, surpassing Ramirez on the all-time list.
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