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Granderson inside-the-park HR highlights Tigers' victory over Yanks

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DETROIT -- The New York Yankees hit the ball hard Sunday. The Detroit Tigers just kept making all the plays.

The Tigers used three early homers and three late defensive gems to beat the Yankees 5-4, and can win their first series since mid-July with a victory in the series finale Monday night.

"We've had some bad moments this year, but the one thing about this team is that they always give it everything they have," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That's the thing that makes a manager proud."

The Tigers moved within 5½ games of the Seattle Mariners in the wild-card race. Detroit began the day 2½ games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

"We knew how much we needed this one," said Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya, who pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. "A big game against the Yankees means a lot of emotion."

New York fell 2½ games behind Seattle, and seven behind Boston in the AL East.

"We're all right," manager Joe Torre said.

After third baseman Brandon Inge made a spectacular play in the eighth, part-time first baseman Carlos Guillen bailed out Tigers closer Todd Jones with two tough plays in the ninth.

Hideki Matsui started the inning with a grounder between first and second, but Guillen, who moved from shortstop to first before the eighth inning, ranged far to his right to get the ball, then threw across his body to Jones covering first.

"That was an incredible play," Jones said. "I didn't think he could get to the ball, but when he did, I figured I better get myself over to the bag."

After Jason Giambi's single, Guillen snared Robinson Cano's hard-hit grounder and started a game-ending 3-6-3 double play.

"They caught everything we hit," Torre said. "With our offense, normally we can overcome that."

Guillen, Detroit's All-Star shortstop, has been playing first base in the late innings of games because of a bad back.

"I'm comfortable there," said Guillen, who started playing first base in last year's World Baseball Classic. "I'm just trying to enjoy it and do the best I can."

The Yankees were without Derek Jeter, who rested a sore knee, while Detroit's Ivan Rodriguez was ejected after arguing with home-plate umpire Sam Holbrook after the top of the fourth inning.

Bobby Seay (1-0) was awarded the win after pitching two scoreless innings of relief. The Tigers needed five pitchers after rookie starter Jair Jurrjens left in the second inning because of a sore shoulder.

"It's been a long time coming," said Seay, who hadn't won since 2001. "This feels good."

Phil Hughes (2-2) lost for the first time since his major league debut on April 26. He allowed five runs and four hits, including three homers, in six innings. He walked one and struck out six.

"We lost, so it was a bad start," he said. "That's the only way you can look at it."

The Tigers had only four hits in the game, none after the third inning.

Curtis Granderson, who leads the majors with 21 triples, led off the Detroit first with an inside-the-park homer. Granderson hit a slicing liner down the left-field line that got by Matsui and rolled to the wall, and he easily beat Alex Rodriguez's relay to the plate.

"Once it got by Matsui, I was thinking about third, but then I saw Gene Lamont waving," he said. "He kept waving and I kept running."

Placido Polanco singled, and after Hughes retired the next two hitters, Guillen homered deep into the right-field stands.

Giambi made it 3-1 in the second with a homer that landed in almost the same spot as Guillen's. Jurrjens left the game without throwing another pitch, and was replaced by Chad Durbin.

Marcus Thames gave the Tigers a 5-1 lead in the third with a two-run homer, but Cano made it a one-run game with a three-run shot off Durbin in the fourth.

The Yankees put two runners on with one out in the fifth, but Seay replaced Durbin and retired Bobby Abreu and Alex Rodriguez to end the inning.

Inge started Detroit's defensive show when he robbed Melky Cabrera of a leadoff single in the eighth. Cabrera's hard bouncer up the middle deflected off Zumaya's glove and rolled toward the third-base line, but Inge made a barehanded pickup and threw Cabrera out at first.

Zumaya, in his third outing since returning from the disabled list, then retired Abreu and struck out Alex Rodriguez to end the inning. He was activated Tuesday after missing more than three months because of a sprained middle finger.

"I haven't had a strikeout in a while, so it felt really good to get A-Rod," he said.

Notes

  • Granderson was the fourth Tiger to hit an inside-the-park homer in Comerica Park's eight seasons.
  • The game was delayed for approximately five minutes while Durbin warmed up after Jurrjens' injury.
  • Cano's homer, which landed in the bushes beyond the center-field fence, was estimated at 431 feet.
  • Polanco extended his major-league record streak of errorless games at second base to 150.
  • Jurrjens was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game with inflammation in his right shoulder.
 
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Curtis Granderson sprints around third for a first-inning leadoff inside-the-park homer.  (Getty Images)
Curtis Granderson sprints around third for a first-inning leadoff inside-the-park homer. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

R. Cano
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, DH4000011 .263
Melky Cabrera, CF4010000 .292
Bobby Abreu, RF4120001 .291
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4000024 .305
Hideki Matsui, LF4110010 .307
Jason Giambi, 1B4121012 .267
    Shelley Duncan, PR0000000 .298
Robinson Cano, 2B4113001 .304
Wilson Betemit, SS3000010 .226
Jose Molina, C3010000 .239
Totals3448406  
Batting
HR - Jason Giambi (12, Jurrjens), Robinson Cano (14, Durbin)
RBI - Jason Giambi (29), Robinson Cano 3 (74)
2-OUT RBI - Robinson Cano 3 (30)
SB - Bobby Abreu (21, 2nd base off Jurrjens/Rodriguez)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Wilson Betemit (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Phil Hughes (L,2-2) 6455163 5.35
Kyle Farnsworth 1000020 4.21
Luis Vizcaino 1000100 3.66
Pitches-Strikes - Phil Hughes 97-65, Kyle Farnsworth 17-12, Luis Vizcaino 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Phil Hughes 2-11, Kyle Farnsworth 1-0
Batters Faced - Phil Hughes 24, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Luis Vizcaino 4
Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF3211100 .288
Placido Polanco, 2B4110002 .334
Marcus Thames, DH3112112 .248
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000012 .355
Carlos Guillen, SS-1B3112000 .303
Ivan Rodriguez, C1000010 .276
   a- Mike Rabelo, PH-C2000020 .273
Sean Casey, 1B3000000 .279
    Ramon Santiago, SS0000000 .286
Brandon Inge, 3B3000010 .238
Cameron Maybin, LF3000020 .182
Totals2954528  
a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 4th
Batting
HR - Curtis Granderson (17, Hughes), Marcus Thames (15, Hughes), Carlos Guillen (19, Hughes)
RBI - Curtis Granderson (60), Marcus Thames 2 (42), Carlos Guillen 2 (87)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Guillen 2 (33)
SB - Curtis Granderson (16, 2nd base off Hughes/Molina)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Guillen-Santiago
Detroit Tigers
Jair Jurrjens 1.1211021 3.60
Chad Durbin 3533021 4.79
Bobby Seay (H,10; W,1-0) 2000010 2.82
Joel Zumaya (H,5) 1.2000010 4.43
Todd Jones (S,33) 1100000 4.47
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 23-15, Chad Durbin 53-32, Bobby Seay 22-14, Joel Zumaya 18-12, Todd Jones 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chad Durbin 2-5, Bobby Seay 1-4, Joel Zumaya 3-1, Todd Jones 2-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 6, Chad Durbin 14, Bobby Seay 6, Joel Zumaya 5, Todd Jones 3
Game Information
Attendance - 43268
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Rick Reed, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Hunter Wendelstedt