Coming into Wednesday night, the Detroit Tigers had won six straight games, and 10 straight games at home. They would put the streak into Anibal Sanchez’s hands.
After Sanchez’s outstanding start last time out, it would be a little different this time around. He would only survive three innings while giving up seven runs on seven hits and got the loss.
CC Sabathia was rolling along until the seventh inning. Going into the seventh, the Tigers had managed to push across three runs to make it a 7-3 game.
The Tigers would mount a huge rally in the seventh. It started to unravel after a Casey McGehee error that allowed Miguel Cabrera to reach first and let Austin Jackson move up to third. Prince Fielder scored Jackson to cut the lead in half. After David Robertson came in for Sabathia, Delmon Young reached on an infield single. Andy Dirks then pinch-hit for Jeff Baker, who had a great debut. Collecting two hits and a pair of RBI.
Dirks scored Cabrera to cut the lead to three. Brennan Boesch got the second infield single of the inning, scoring Young, cutting the lead to two. Alex Avila pinch-hit for Gerald Laird and also came through with a bit knock scoring Dirks, and brought the Yankees lead down to one, after being down seven runs.
Phil Coke came out in the eighth. After retiring Derek Jeter, Coke could not get anyone out. Coke would give up two runs in the frame and the Yankees extended their lead back to three.
Omar Infante hit his second home run on the home stand, cutting the lead back down to two, but that would be the last time the Tigers mounted any offense.
Brayan Villarreal would not pitch much better than Coke did in the seventh. Villarreal retired Russell Martin and Ichiro, but then fell off. After a Jason Nix single, Jeter singled and Viarreal balked in a run, making it an 11-8 game. Robinson Cano put the final touches on the game with a single that scored Jeter putting the game out of reach.
Rafael Soriano set the Tigers down in order in the bottom of the ninth, securing a Yankees’ win and his 27th save of the year.
Tomorrow Doug Fister will take the mound against Hiroki Kuroda, trying to take the series from the Yankees and would end the home stand 6-1 with a victory tomorrow.
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