Tigers defeat Yankees to take seriesMay 5, 2011 - 10:58 PM
The Tigers won the last three games of the series on the heels of a season- long seven-game losing streak. They captured the finale on Thursday despite scratching out just four hits.
Rick Porcello (2-2) earned the win after giving up two runs on eight hits in seven innings.
"To take three out of four from a team like that is a big lift, especially after the two series we were coming off of," said Porcello. "We needed these games for sure. Now we gotta keep going."
Yankees starter A.J. Burnett (4-2) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning, but was backed by shaky defense and took the loss. He gave up five runs -- two earned -- on three hits, a walk and two hit batters while striking out five.
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter missed the game after leaving Wednesday night's loss with a hip injury. The news got worse for New York when Eric Chavez went down with a small fracture in the fifth metatarsal (outside bone) in his left foot.
Starting for Alex Rodriguez at third base, Chavez was injured while legging out an RBI triple in the fourth inning. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he didn't know what the prognosis was, but wasn't optimistic considering the nature of the injury.
Chavez is playing his first season for the Yankees after a 13-year career with Oakland, the last three hampered by injury.
"He was frustrated," said Girardi. "As a manager you tell him, 'You're going to be back, you're going to get through this.' But I don't know how much that means right at this moment."
New York lost despite out-hitting the Tigers 10-4. Rodriguez went 2-for-2 with two runs scored after replacing Chavez, while Brett Gardner, Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez also had two hits apiece.
The Yankees were outscored 14-5 for their first three-game losing streak of the season.
"You're going to through this as a team, jut just have to fight your way out of it," said Girardi.
But the Yankees also committed three costly errors -- including two bad throws by Nunez from shortstop.
The Tigers scored three runs to take a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning. They loaded the bases with no outs after Victor Martinez singled, Magglio Ordonez walked and Burnett hit Ryan Raburn in the chest with a pitch.
Brandon Inge followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead. The other two runs scored when Nunez overthrew first base on Don Kelly's grounder.
Burnett finished the inning, but was replaced by Boone Logan to start the eighth. Boesch knocked Logan's fifth pitch into the first rows of seats behind right field to make it 6-2.
The Yankees got a run off closer Jose Valverde when Rodriguez scored on Gardner's single.
"We just ran out of innings," said Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher.
Burnett didn't surrender up a hit until the sixth, but he gave up a run in the first inning after hitting leadoff man Kelly with a pitch. Kelly went to third on Burnett's bad pickoff attempt, then scored on Boesch's sacrifice fly.
The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the fourth, but could have gotten more.
Chavez tripled past a diving Kelly in right-center field to score Curtis Granderson, tying the game at 1-1, pulling up a little between second and third base. Rodriguez came in to pinch run and scored on Nunez's single to give the Yankees a lead. They loaded the bases, but Swisher lined out.
After scoring against Burnett in the first, the Tigers didn't put another runner on base until the fourth, when Boesch reached on Nunez's first error.
Swisher made a diving catch in right to get Ordonez for the first out in the fifth. Burnett pumped his fist in thanks, then retired the next two batters.
But his no-hit bid was spoiled by Ramon Santiago, who smacked Burnett's first pitch in the sixth inning into right field for a single. Santiago eventually scored on Boesch's single to tie the game at 2-2.
"[Burnett] had it going early, but Santiago broke it open and we rolled from there," said Boesch.
The Tigers are headed out for six games on the road against Toronto and Minnesota, including a four-game series against the Blue Jays that starts Friday...The Yankees will wrap up a seven-game road trip with three games against Texas this weekend. They won two of three against the Rangers last month...Burnett fell to 4-2 lifetime against the Tigers.
- NEW YORK: 3
May 5 4:05 PM
- Brett Gardner singled to left scored Alex Rodriguez. Runner on first with two outs and Nick Swisher due up.
Yankees 3, Tigers 6 Top 9, 2 OutsMay 5 4:02 PM
- Miguel Cabrera struck out swinging. None on with one out and Alex Avila due up.
Yankees 2, Tigers 6 Bot 8, 1 OutMay 5 3:44 PM
- Don Kelly reached first on Eduardo Nunez's throwing error scored Ryan Raburn and Magglio Ordonez. Runner on first with two outs and Scott Sizemore due up.
Yankees 2, Tigers 5 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 5 3:24 PM
- Brandon Inge sacrifice fly out to left scored Casper Wells. On the play, Ryan Raburn advances to second and Magglio Ordonez advances to third. Runners on second and third and with one out and Ramon Santiago due up.
Yankees 2, Tigers 3 Bot 7, 1 OutMay 5 3:18 PM
- Miguel Cabrera grounded into a fielder's choice, third to second On the play, Brennan Boesch out at second to end the inning.
Yankees 2, Tigers 2 End 6May 5 2:56 PM
- Eduardo Nunez singled to right scored pinch-runner Alex Rodriguez. On the play, Russell Martin advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Brett Gardner due up.
Yankees 2, Tigers 1 Top 4, 2 OutsMay 5 2:10 PM
- Eric Chavez tripled to right center scored Curtis Granderson. Runner on third with two outs and Russell Martin due up.
Yankees 1, Tigers 1 Top 4, 2 OutsMay 5 2:04 PM
- Brennan Boesch sacrifice fly out to center scored Don Kelly. None on with two outs and Miguel Cabrera due up.
Yankees 0, Tigers 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 5 1:24 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 5 1:06 PM
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