The New York Yankees scored seven runs off starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez in a 12-8 win that ended the Detroit Tigers’ six-game winning streak in Major League Baseball.
Sanchez dropped to 1-2 after giving up the runs, all earned, in three innings at Comerica Park in Detroit last night. Four Detroit relief pitchers surrendered another five runs.
“We just didn’t pitch very well,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland told reporters.
Curtis Granderson hit his 30th home run of the season and drove in four runs to tie his season high, while Mark Teixeira’s sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Derek Jeter to give the Yankees a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers closed to 8-7 in the seventh inning before the Yankees pulled away to log their seventh win in 19 games.
C.C. Sabathia improved to 12-3 after giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out seven batters in 6 2/3 innings.
The Yankees (64-46) lead the five-team American League East by 4 1/2 games over the Baltimore Orioles (60-51), who defeated the Seattle Mariners 9-2 last night.
The Tigers (60-51) are a half game behind the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox.