The New York Yankees staved off elimination Tuesday night with a 10-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of their American League Division Series at Comerica Park in Detroit. Game 5 will be held at Yankee Stadium Thursday (8 p.m. ET/TBS).
The Yankee offense showed up just in time. So did center fielder Curtis Granderson's glove.
The Yankees got 13 hits, breaking open a 4-1 game with a six-run eighth inning. Brett Gardner had two hits and two RBI for New York, and Russell Martin, Alex Rodriguez and Jesus Montero each had two hits, Derek Jeter drove in two runs with a third-inning double.
Granderson's glove helped make the offensive outburst possible. With an unsettled A.J. Burnett having walked the bases full in the first inning, Granderson made a lunging catch of a Don Kelly line drive that would have cleared the bases and possibly been an inside the park home run, ending the first inning. Burnett ended up getting the win, going 5.2 innings and giving up just one run on four hits and four walks.
Granderson also ended the bottom of the sixth inning with another spectacular catch. After Kelly singled to chase Burnett, Rafael Soriano entered the game. Jhonny Peralta lifted Soriano's first pitch left-center field and Granderson tracked it down, using a head-long dive to catch the ball and end the inning.
Jeter gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead in the third inning. With Jorge Posada on second and Martin on first Jeter drove a Rick Porcello pitch just over the head of center fielder Austin Jackson. Posada scored easily and Martin barely beat the relay home.
Victor Martinez homered in the fourth inning for Detroit, making the score 2-1. In the fifth inning, the Yankees extended their lead to 4-1 on an RBI double by Granderson and a sacrifice fly by Rodriguez.
The Yankees will pitch Game 1 winner Ivan Nova on Thursday, while Detroit will counter with Doug Fister. Those were the two pitchers who came on when the suspended Game 1 of the series was resumed on Saturday.