Jeter, whose 15-game hitting streak ended, reached first on a walk, went to second on Curtis Granderson’s walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch by Brayan Villarreal at Yankee Stadium. When a pitch to Alex Rodriguez caromed off Avila’s glove, Rodriguez began waving for Jeter to head home.
“I’m at third. When Aviles turns around, I couldn’t see it,” Jeter told reporters. “You really can’t see where the ball is. I saw Alex.”
Rodriguez had a run-scoring single in the first inning, followed by a solo home run in the fourth. Russell Martin blasted a two-run homer in the fifth and Nick Swisher scored on an error by Don Kelly in the sixth.
Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly scored Rodriguez to tie the game at 6-6 in the eighth before Jeter secured the win for the Yankees (11-8).
Brad Eldred hit a run-scoring triple to tie the game at 1-1 in the second and Miguel Cabrera got his 1,000th run batted in when he and Prince Fielder each hit scoring singles in the third as the Tigers (10-10) took a 3-1 lead.
Austin Jackson hit a two-run double and Fielder drove him home in the sixth for Detroit, which had a 6-4 advantage.
Mariano Rivera (1-1) pitched a perfect inning, striking out one for the win. Villarreal (0-1) gave up one run in one-third inning to take the loss.
At Coors Field in Denver, Scott Hairston became the 10th member of the Mets (11-9) to hit for the cycle in New York’s 18- 9 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Hairston hit a single in the second inning, a home run in the fourth, a triple in the fifth and a double in the sixth.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a home run and a single to account for five of his six runs batted in during the Rockies (10-9) 11-run fifth inning.
Matt Reynolds (3-0) allowed two hits in one inning for the win, while Manny Acosta (0-1) surrendered seven runs on five hits in one-third inning for the loss.
In other American League games, it was Oakland 5, Baltimore 2; Cleveland 3, the Los Angeles Angels 2; Seattle 9, Toronto 5 (10 innings); Tampa Bay 8, Texas 4; Kansas City 7, Minnesota 6; and Boston 10, the Chicago White Sox 3.
In the National League, it was the Chicago Cubs 5, Philadelphia 1; Houston 6, Cincinnati 4; Arizona 5, Miami 0; Atlanta 6, Pittsburgh 1; the Los Angeles Dodgers 3, Washington Nationals 2; San Diego 5, San Francisco 3; and St. Louis 13, Milwaukee 1.
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