The Detroit Tigers took the lead in the first inning of their second game versus the New York Yankees, and they never gave it up. New York had a rally in the bottom of the ninth, but it fell short and the Yankees fell to 11-9 as things ended Tigers 7, Yankees 5.
Detroit struck immediately, with Austin Jackson taking a leadoff walk and stealing second. After two strikeouts Prince Fielder was given an intentional walk, but Andy Dirks took advantage of having two men on and hit a three-run homer to open things at 3-0 Tigers. Nick Swisher hit a solo shot in the bottom of the first, but that was all the Yankees could muster.
Detroit added three more in the top of the second, with Brennan Boesch driving in a run with a double to right and Miguel Cabrera following that with a single scoring two more. Things stood at 6-1 until a Curtis Granderson solo homer added one for the Yankees in the bottom of the seventh, but Miguel Cabrera answered that with a solo shot of his own in the top of the eigth.
Swisher tried to light a fire under the Yankees with another solo home run, his second of the game and fourth of the year. Alex Rodriguez got aboard on a walk, advanced via fielder's indifference, and scored on a Curtis Granderson single. Granderson advanced via fielder's indifference and scored on a Raul Ibanez double, but that was all the Yankees could muster.
The series is now split 1-1 with the Tigers. Sunday's game starts at 1:05pm, with CC Sabathia taking on Max Scherzer.