NEW YORK, NY (WTVB) - The Tigers late comeback yesterday against the Yankees was spoiled when Brett Gardner lifted a two-out, solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 win over Detroit. The New York victory allowed the Yankees to take the series 2-games-to-1 with reliever Jose Veras suffering the loss for the Tigers after serving up Gardner’s walk-off home run. Mariano Rivera gave up solo homers to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to allow the Tigers to tie the game in the top of the ninth. Rivera picked up the win despite blowing his third straight save for the first time in his illustrious career. Alex Rodriguez hit his first home run of the season and surpassed Stan Musial on the all-time RBI list with a single in the third inning.
It was a no decision for Detroit starter Justin Verlander, who pitched seven innings and allowed four earned runs on 7 hits with nine strikeouts. Detroit arrived in New York Friday with a 12-game winning streak and a 7 game lead in the in the Central Division over the second place Indians and they are still seven up on Cleveland as the Tigers get ready to wrap up their ten game road trip with a 3-game series against the White Sox beginning tonight in Chicago.
Yesterday, the White Sox lost 5-to-2 to the Twins while the Cubs fell 8-to-4 at St. Louis.