The Detroit Tigers won their sixth straight game on Tuesday night. With a 6-5 victory over the New York Yankees. The Tigers climbed to a season high 10 games over the .500 mark at 60-50, still 1.5 games behind the White Sox.
Rick Porcello pitched for the Tigers on Tuesday. Porcello was coming off a strong start against the Red Sox when he went six innings and gave up one earned run. It would be the same story against the Yankees. Porcello went 6 2/3 innings and surrendered three earned runs and eight hits, while striking out three Yankees on Tuesday.
The only time the Yankees mounted any offense of the 23-year-old sinker baller was in the fourth inning when Eric Chavez hit a two out, two run homer that put the Yankees temporary ahead. An Ichiro double that would score Nick Swisher in the seventh would be the last time the Yankees scored off Porcello.
The Tigers’ offense was once again impressive. Miguel Cabrera hit his 29th, and second homer in two days off of Phil Hughes tonight, giving him 95 RBIs at just the beginning of August.
Brennan Boesch, Alex Avila, and Andy Dirks all had good nights at the plate. Boesch would have two of the best at bats during the game while collecting two hits. Avila got two hits and a walk in four plate appearances. And Dirks was looking like his old self collecting three hits and two RBIs.
Jose Valverde had some trouble locking down the game in the ninth. After retiring Mark Teixeira, Chavez singled, followed by a Raul Ibanez walk. Ichiro would single in Chavez to make it a 6-4 game. Then Russel Martin nearly tied the game with a double that made it 6-5. Valverde would finally get Curtis Granderson to pop up to end the game and earn his 22nd save of the season.
The Yankees have now lost seven of their last 10 games, but still hold a 5.5 game over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East.
Tomorrow the Tigers look to extend their winning streak to a season high seven games. Anibal Sanchez, who went six innings and gave up a run in his home debut, will face off against the Yankees’ ace CC Sabathia.
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