The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Sunday to finish the three game series. Yankees starter C.C. Sabathia was dominant, giving up just four hits and two runs in eight innings pitched.
Sabathia, who improved his record to 3-0, had his best outing of the year after getting off to a rough start this season. He lowered his ERA down to 4.58 with this game and also had eight strikeouts.
Since it wasn't a save situation, closer Mariano Rivera was given the day off so set up man David Robertson pitched the ninth inning. The All-Star right-hander retired all three batters he faced with two strikeouts, giving him 15 strikeouts and no runs allowed in 10 innings pitched this year.
The Yankees got on the board early in the second inning after Detroit starter Max Scherzer struggled to find his control. With the bases loaded, Curtis Granderson walked to make it 1-0, followed by an Alex Rodriguez RBI infield single to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
After Detroit scored in the fourth inning to make it 2-1, Granderson answered in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run to give the Yankees a two run lead once again.
Detroit cut the lead down to one again in the sixth inning, but the Yankees answered in the seventh with two more runs. A-Rod picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice ground ball and Robinson Cano followed that up with an RBI sacrifice fly. In the eighth inning, outfielder Andruw Jones hit a solo home run to make it 6-2, which was the final score.
Though the Yankees won, there was some bad news for New York. Right fielder Nick Swisher, who is currently leading the AL in RBI and extra-base hits, left the game in the third inning with a tight hamstring. Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't believe he'll be placed on the disabled list, but Swisher will get an MRI to be safe. With left fielder Brett Gardner already on the DL, the Yankees will have to use veterans Andruw Jones and Raul Ibanez at the corner outfield positions if Swisher misses any time.
The Yankees will play the Baltimore Orioles at 7:05 PM ET on Monday night. Hiroki Kuroda will start for New York and Jason Hammel will start for Baltimore.
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