By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Curtis Granderson snapped out of a short slump by
hitting his 30th homer and driving four runs, helping the New York
Yankees beat Detroit 12-8 Wednesday night and ending the Tigers’
six-game winning streak.
Down 7-0, the Tigers chased CC Sabathia and closed to 8-7 in the
The AL East-leading Yankees, who had lost 12 of their previous
18 games, then pulled away. Detroit had won 10 in a row at home,
matching its best streak in 13 seasons at Comerica Park.
Granderson batted sixth for the first time since May 15 because
he had two straight 0-for-5 games and just four hits in his
previous 25 at-bats. The lineup shakeup seemed to work as he hit an
RBI single in the first, a home run in the third and a double in
the seventh. He matched his season high for RBIs.
The previous night, Granderson popped up with runners on second
and third to end a 6-5 loss to his former team.
CC Sabathia (12-3) gave up five runs _ three earned _ and eight
hits while striking out seven over 6 2-3 innings.
Anibal Sanchez (1-2) gave up seven runs, seven hits, walked two
and hit two batters over three-plus innings. He made his third
start since being traded from Miami to Detroit.
Omar Infante’s solo homer in the eighth off David Robertson
pulled the Tigers within 10-8.
Eric Chavez and Granderson hit RBI singles in the first for a
2-0 lead. Sanchez hit Robinson Cano and walked Chavez in the third
before Granderson homered.
Nick Swisher’s RBI single chased Sanchez in the fourth and Mark
Teixeira’s sacrifice fly gave the Yankees a seven-run lead.
Jeff Baker, playing for the first time since the Tigers acquired
him Sunday from the Chicago Cubs, hit a two-out double in the
fourth and scored on Brennan Boesch’s single. Baker’s two-run
single in the sixth pulled Detroit within four runs.
NOTES: Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez, who went on the disabled list
July 25 with a broken left hand, is scheduled to have an X-ray
Monday in New York. … The Tigers previously won 10 straight at
Comerica Park in 2006 when they went on to play in the World Series
for the first time since 1984. … New York’s 13-game errorless
streak ended when Cano bobbled a grounder in the sixth, the second
baseman’s first miscue in the field since June 25. … Detroit CF
Austin Jackson, acquired from New York as part of the Granderson
trade, extended his hitting streak to 11 games. … Casey McGehee,
playing in his third game since joining the Yankees, had his first
hit with his new team.
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