Detroit kicked off an eight-game road trip on Monday night by traveling to New York, but the Yankees got the best of Tigers’ ace Michael Fulmer for a 7-3 victory.
Fulmer (six-plus innings) struggled for the second time in three starts, surrendering six earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He also struck out five.
Yankees’ ace Luis Severino seemingly had his way with the Tigers’ lineup, but his 116 pitches knocked him out after five full innings. He allowed four hits and an earned run while striking out eight batters. The first five outs for the Tigers were all on strikeouts.
After plating the game’s first run in the fourth, the Yankees responded in the bottom of the inning with four runs. They never looked back.
Aaron Judge blasted home run No. 34 of the season for the Yankees and reached base via the walk two more times, scoring twice. Chase Headley was 3-for-4 with two RBIs and recently-acquired Todd Frazier also had two RBIs, but finished 1-for-4.
The Tigers were paced by James McCann who went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Nick Castellanos who finished 2-for-3 with two walks. As a team, Detroit out-hit the Yankees 9-to-7, but left 14 runners on base.
In Game 2 on Tuesday, Anibal Sanchez (2-1, 6.18 ERA) will take the mount for the Tigers, facing off against veteran starter C.C. Sabathia (9-3, 3.66) who is having a strong season.
Top 9th: Yankees 7, Tigers 3
Jonathan Holder remained on the mound for the Yankees.
For the third time on the night, Justin Upton struck out. Miguel Cabrera avoided an 0-fer game, singling on a liner to right with one out. Nick Castellanos didn't go down easily, either, singling through the left side of the infield. Victor Martinez was then hit by a pitch on an 0-2 count to load the bases.
Jonathan Holder would be replaced by closer Aroldis Chapman to avoid further damage.
Mikie Mahtook grounded softly to short and the Yankees got the force at second, but he beat out the throw to first, scoring Cabrera. James McCann ended the game with a swinging strikeout.
Bottom 8th: Yankees 7, Tigers 2
Warwick Saupold took the mound for the Tigers.
He got Todd Frazier on strikes, looking, to start the bottom half. Ronald Torreyes then grounded out to the pitcher and Tyler Wade grounded out to first.
Top 8th: Yankees 7, Tigers 2
Jonathan Holder replaced Dellin Betances on the mount to start the eighth.
James McCann and Dixon Machado recorded the first two outs on a strikeout looking and grounder to short, respectively. Ian Kinsler avoided a dreaded 0-for-5 day by singling to center on a line drive before Jim Adduci was the victim of yet another strikeout.
Bottom 7th: Yankees 7, Tigers 2
Michael Fulmer's command continued to be an issue in the seventh.
Jacoby Ellsbury was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the inning. As Clint Frazier was up to bat, Ellsbury stole second. Frazier then slapped a triple to left, easily plating Ellsbury. Aaron Judge then walked on five pitches, spelling the end of Fulmer.
Alex Wilson entered the game in relief.
The next batter, Gary Sanchez, plated Frazier on a sacrifice fly to left. Matt Holliday struck out swinging and Chase Headley followed with another swinging strikeout to end the seventh.
Top 7th: Yankees 5, Tigers 2
Dellin Betandes entered the game in relief for the Yankees.
Miguel Cabrera was called out on strikes as his struggles continued. Nick Castellanos followed Cabrera's punch-out with a walk on five pitches. Victor Martinez would then ground into a fielder's choice to third, forcing Castellanos out at second.
A passed ball by Gary Sanchez advanced Victor Martinez to second. Mikie Mahtook popped out to short to end the top half.
Bottom 6th: Yankees 5, Tigers 2
Dixon Machado entered the game as a defensive replacement for Jose Iglesias.
Chase Headley led off the home half of the sixth with a single to left. Todd Frazier flew out to right on a 2-0 count, holding Headley at first. Ronald Torreyes grounded into a fielder's choice as Headley was forced at second and he was safe at first.
Tyler Wade ended the inning by flying out to center.
Top 6th: Yankees 5, Tigers 2
The Yankees made a switch in the top of the sixth, replacing Luis Severino with Tommy Kahnle.
Mikie Mahtook was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game. James McCann then singled on a sharp line drive to third, moving Mahtook over to second.
Jose Iglesias failed to move the runners up, striking out swinging. Ian Kinsler then flew out to left field on the second pitch. Jim Adduci picked up the runners on base, though, singling sharply to left and scoring Mahtook while moving McCann to second.
Justin Upton struck out swinging to end the threat.
Bottom 5th: Yankees 5, Tigers 1
Michael Fulmer got off to a better start in the fifth than he did in the fourth inning, but the second batter torched him for a homer.
Clint Frazier grounded out to short before Aaron Judge, to no one's surprise, hit a home run to center.
Gary Sanchez grounded to short for the second out and Matt Holliday struck out swinging.
Top 5th: Yankees 4, Tigers 1
The Tigers couldn't make up any ground in the fifth.
Jim Adduci grounded out to first after a long at-bat to start the inning. Justin Upton was then called out on strikes but Miguel Cabrera looked to start a two-out threat with a walk. Nick Castellanos followed suit, walking on four straight pitches.
Victor Martinez struck out swinging to end the threat.
Bottom 4th: Yankees 4, Tigers 1
The fourth inning proved to be Michael Fulmer's most stressful yet.
Aaron Judge walked on four pitches and then Gary Sanchez reached base on a fielding error, putting two runners on with no outs.
Matt Holliday then walked to load the bases after an eight-pitch at-bat. Chase Headley doubled on a line drive to center, scoring two runs. Todd Frazier then singled to right, plating two more runs.
Ronald Torreyes finally recorded the first out of the inning, flying out to center. Tyler Wade was then retired on a called strike three. Jacoby Ellsbury then grounded out on a fielder's choice to second to end the long inning.
Top 4th: Tigers 1, Yankees 0
The pitching duel continued in the fourth, despite the Tigers finally getting on the board.
Nick Castellanos flew out to center and Victor Martinez grounded off Luis Severino to third baseman Todd Frazier who threw to first for the second out. After an eight-pitch at-bat, Mikie Mahtook singled on a line drive to left and a fielding error by Clint Frazier allowed him to advance to second.
James McCann doubled to right, bringing in the game's first run. Jose Iglesias then reached on a fielding error by Yankees' shortstop Ronald Torreyes, moving McCann over to third. Ian Kinsler then flew out to right.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Ronald Torreyes lined out to short to start the home half of the third for the Yankees. Tyler Wade smacked a liner to left field for the Yankees second base hit of the game.
Jacoby Ellsbury then flew out to center and Clint Frazier also lined out to center on the first pitch to end the third.
Top 3rd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Luis Severino recorded his sixth strikeout, getting Jim Adduci swinging to start the third.
Justin Upton flew out to left and Miguel Cabrera flew out to center to end the inning quickly.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Gary Sanchez grounded out to second to start the home half of the second. Matt Holliday then struck out on three pitches before Chase Headley recorded the Yankees' first hit on a grounder up the middle.
Todd Frazier ended the inning with a soft groundout to Michael Fulmer.
Top 2nd: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Mikie Mahtook led off the second inning by getting hit in the center of the back by a Luis Severino fastball.
The next batter, James McCann, struck out swinging. Jose Iglesias then struck out, Severino's fifth. Ian Kinsler ended the inning and recorded the first non-strikeout for the Tigers with a groundout to short.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
Michael Fulmer took the mound for the Tigers, coming off a strong eight-inning start against the Royals.
It didn't take long for him to strike out Jacoby Ellsbury looking. Clint Frazier then grounded out softly to second, but nearly beat the throw to first. Hot-hitting Aaron Judge struck out looking to end the first.
Top 1st: Tigers 0, Yankees 0
The trade deadline has come and gone and the Tigers remained relatively quiet.
A rumored trade piece, Ian Kinsler, led off the game with a swinging strikeout against Yankees' ace Luis Severino. Recently called up outfielder Jim Adduci followed suit with a foul tip into the glove of Yankee catcher Gary Sanchez for the second strikeout.
Justin Upton became the first baserunner of the game, singling sharply to left field. Miguel Cabrera earned a five-pitch walk as the Tigers threatened with two outs. Nick Castellanos loaded the bases with an infield hit as he hustled down the line, beating out a throw from a diving second baseman.
Victor Martinez then struck out on a checked swing that went too far.
The trade deadline has come and gone and, so too, have several Tigers.
Greene could earn his first save by facing his former team when they Tigers take on the Yankees on Monday night. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.
The Tigers lineup for the opener in the three-game series boasts a familiar look since outfielder J.D. Martinez was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks two weeks ago. Infielders Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias, whose names surfaces in trade rumors, remain with the Tigers, and are in the Monday's lineup.
So is right-hander Michael Fulmer (10-8, 3.35 ERA), who draws the start against Yankees right-hander Luis Severino (7-4, 3.03 ERA, 145 strikeouts in 127.2 innings) in a battle between talented young pitchers.
TIGERS AT YANKEES
First pitch: 7:05 p.m. Monday, Yankee Stadium, New York
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 47-56, fourth place in the American League Central Division, 10 games behind the Cleveland Indians, and eight games behind a wild-card spot. The Yankees are 56-47, first place in the AL East.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Jim Adduci, RF
3. Justin Upton, LF
4. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
5. Nick Castellanos, 3B
6. Victor Martinez, DH
7. Mikie Mahtook, CF
8. James McCann, C
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Michael Fulmer, RHP
1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF
2. Clint Frazier, LF
3. Aaron Judge, RF
4. Gary Sanchez, C
5. Chase Headley, 1B
7. Todd Frazier, 3B
8. Ronald Torreyes, SS
9. Wade Tyler, 2B
SP: Luis Severino, RHP