Where did the New York Yankees' offense go? The Yankees were beaten Wednesday night by the Detroit Tigers, 4-0, and have now scored just two runs combined in losing their last two games.
Detroit's Max Scherzer continued his splendid season start with eight scoreless innings at Comerica Park. Scherzer (5-0) had a season-high nine strikeouts while allowing just four hits in the quality start for the Tigers, who stopped a seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 win against the Yanks on Tuesday.
Magglio Ordonez belted two run homer while Brennan Boesch and Alex Avila each had a pair of hits in the win, Detroit's second in a four-game series.
The Yankees are in danger of losing their first series since an early April set in Boston. Freddy Garcia (1-2) allowed 10 hits and four runs in seven innings while fanning eight.
Scherzer, who had four straight strikeouts through the first and second innings, was rolling until a rough start of the eighth inning. After allowing the first two batters on, the righty got out of the frame with Derek Jeter fly out and a double-play grounder from Curtis Granderson.
The slight hiccup in the eighth left Tigers' manager Jim Leyland with the decision to bring in his young reliever Al Alburquerque in the ninth to face the heart of the potent Yankee line up and close out the game.
Alburquerque struck out Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano and then got Nick Swisher to ground out to end the game.
Three consecutive singles to start out the bottom of the second put Detroit on the board. Jhonny Peralta's liner up the middle ended the hitting burst and plated Martinez.
Detroit made it a 2-0 game in the third when Miguel Cabrera doubled down the third base line to bring across Boesch from first. The home team then doubled its lead on Ordonez's first home run of the season with a two-run shot into the left field seats.
-- Sports Network contributed to this report
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