DETROIT — Masahiro Tanaka came off the disabled list and pitched seven solid innings and Aaron Judge’s record-breaking strikeout streak ended at 37 games as the New York Yankees pummeled the Detroit Tigers 13-4 on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Tanaka (9-10) was making his first start since Aug. 9 after recovering from shoulder inflammation. He held the Tigers to three runs and six hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out four.
Judge had struck out at least once in every game in which he appeared since July 8. The rookie slugger walked on full counts during his first three trips to the plate and added an RBI single. Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-hit for Judge in the seventh inning.
Gary Sanchez hit a pair of two-run homers, including a mammoth blast in the first inning, for New York (67-57). Sanchez’s long ball to left field traveled an estimated 493 feet, according to Statcast, the second-longest homer in the majors this season behind only a 495-foot blast by Judge.
Aaron Hicks hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs. Todd Frazier had three hits, including a two-run triple, for the Yankees.
Nick Castellanos hit two home runs, including an inside-the-park homer, and Ian Kinsler added an RBI double for Detroit (54-70). Matthew Boyd (5-7) was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings, equaling his shortest start of the season.
Sanchez’s monstrous blast followed Hicks’ one-out single in the first. The Yankees tacked on another run in the inning when Judge walked and scored on Tyler Austin’s sacrifice fly after advancing to third on Didi Gregorius’ double.
A leadoff walk to Judge set the stage for the Yankees’ four-run third. Austin knocked in Judge with a single. Frazier ended Boyd’s night two batters later with his two-run, opposite-field triple. Ronald Torreyes’ sacrifice fly off Warwick Saupold made it 7-0.
The Tigers got one back in the bottom half on Kinsler’s two-out RBI double.
Hicks’ fielder’s choice and Judge’s single brought home the runs during New York’s two-run fifth.
NOTES: Detroit 3B Nick Castellanos is still expected to get an audition in right field this season. Management wants to see how Castellanos handles the switch, which would create a spot for top prospect Jeimer Candelario. “He’s not ready to go out there right now,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “The biggest thing is his comfort level.” ... Yankees 1B Greg Bird appears to be close to returning from the 60-day disabled list. Bird, who is recovering from a right ankle bruise, collected four straight two-hit games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. “You hope he can make a big impact for us,” manager Joe Girardi said. ... Detroit won four of the last five meetings. ... The Yankees began a stretch of 39 games in 41 days.