Tigers top Yanks, salvage doubleheader split

The Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 4-2. (Reuters pic)

DETROIT: Leonys Martín reached base three times and scored twice, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged the second game of a day-night doubleheader by topping the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday evening at Comerica Park.

Víctor Martínez had two hits and an RBI and James McCann scored and knocked in a run for the Tigers, who lost their previous match against the Yankees 7-4.

Winning pitcher Mike Fiers (5-3) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He notched six strikeouts. Shane Greene allowed a hit but struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.

Giancarlo Stanton smashed his 13th homer for the Yankees, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. Brent Gardner contributed a run-scoring triple.

Aaron Judge struck out five times in the nightcap and went 0-for-9 during the doubleheader, striking out eight times in total. The eight strikeouts represent a major league record for a doubleheader.

Domingo Germán (0-4) gave up four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Tigers struck first in the second inning. Martín led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Ronny Rodríguez’s deep sacrifice fly. That gave Rodríguez his first major league RBI.

The Yankees knotted the score the next inning when Clint Frazier singled and Gardner smoked a triple to centre field.

Detroit took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Martín slapped a leadoff single, and McCann brought him home with a double to left-center. Germán retired the next two batters.

Jeimer Candelario hit a bloop to left that third baseman Miguel Andújar and left fielder Gardner chased. Miscommunication ensued, and the ball dropped in for a gift double.

Stanton, who was hit by a Fiers pitch in the third, got some revenge when he led off the sixth with a homer to left. Fiers departed with two outs and two on, but reliever Louis Coleman, after walking Frazier to load the bases, bested Gardner with a flyout.

Coleman recorded three strikeouts in the seventh, including Judge and Stanton.

Germán’s night ended when Cabrera drilled a double down the left field line. Adam Warren came in and gave up an RBI double down the right field line to Martínez.