Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Shane Greene tossed seven strong innings,
while his New York Yankee teammates battered David Price en route to an 8-4
victory at Comerica Park.
Price (12-10) was tagged for nine consecutive hits during a third inning in
which New York scored all eight of its runs to avenge a 5-2 defeat in
Tuesday's opener of this three-game set.
"Maybe in a Little League game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of the nine
straight hits. "Sometimes it just happens. The game doesn't always make
The 2012 AL Cy Young recipient gave up 12 hits in all before being removed
with still none out in the third. Price, coming off a complete-game one-hit
loss to his former Tampa Bay squad last Thursday, had worked at least six
innings in 19 consecutive starts coming in.
"You don't want to lose a game, you don't want to lose any game," said Tigers
manager Brad Ausmus. "(Price) has been so good. He's human. He had an off
night and we'll move on."
Derek Jeter knocked in two runs during the frame and Jacoby Ellsbury and Brian
McCann each finished with a pair of hits and an RBI to help the Yankees close
within 2 1/2 games of Seattle for the AL's second Wild Card.
Greene (4-1) did his part as well, notching eight strikeouts and holding
Detroit to two runs on five hits.
Victor Martinez had a solo homer for the Tigers, winners of three straight
coming in, with Torii Hunter ending 2-for-5 with an RBI in the loss.
Price was able to get out of a 28-pitch opening inning unscathed and induced a
double-play ball to work out of a jam in the second, but fell completely apart
as the Yankee bats erupted in the third.
Ellsbury began the barrage with a leadoff single and Jeter sent him home with
a double to right for the game's first run. Martin Prado continued the hit
parade with a single before Mark Teixeira socked an opposite-field double to
give New York a 2-0 edge.
Carlos Beltran and McCann followed with singles to bring in two more runs,
with a base hit from Chase Headley preceding back-to-back bases-loaded RBI
singles from Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli that extended the margin to
Price was then mercifully relieved by Blaine Hardy, who surrendered
consecutive sacrifice flies to Ellsbury and Jeter that capped the eight-run
Greene, meanwhile, didn't permit a hit until Hunter singled to begin the
bottom of the fourth in front of Miguel Cabrera's double into the left-field
corner that got Detroit on the board.
Martinez smacked his 26th homer of the season in the sixth and scored the
Tigers' third run two innings later, drawing a walk and coming around on Nick
Hunter plated Ian Kinsler with a two-out single in the ninth to close out the
Gardner returned to the Yankee lineup after missing three straight games with
a bruised right ankle and went 1-for-4 ... New York moved to 5-0 in Greene's
starts on the road ... Martinez eclipsed his previous career high for homers
in a season, hitting 25 with Cleveland in 2007 ... Ellsbury has gone 11-for-21
with three homers over his last eight games and is 9-for-16 off Price this
year ... Cabrera has now hit in eight straight.