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 seventh inning.
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.