June 5, 2018 / 5:09 AM / 2 months ago

MLB: Tigers top Yanks, salvage doubleheader split

Leonys Martin reached base three times and scored twice, and the Detroit Tigers salvaged the second game of a day-night doubleheader by topping the New York Yankees 4-2 on Monday evening at Comerica Park.

Jun 4, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (42) and center fielder Leonys Martin (12) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Martinez had two hits and an RBI and James McCann scored and knocked in a run for the Tigers, who dropped the opener 7-4.

Winning pitcher Mike Fiers (5-3) gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. He notched six strikeouts. Shane Greene allowed a hit but struck out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.

Jun 4, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers catcher James McCann (42) and relief pitcher Shane Greene (61) celebrate after defeating the New York Yankees at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Giancarlo Stanton smashed his 13th homer for the Yankees, who saw their five-game winning streak snapped. Brent Gardner contributed a run-scoring triple.

Aaron Judge struck out five times in the nightcap and went 0-for-9 during the doubleheader, fanning eight times. The eight K’s represent a major league record for a doubleheader.

Domingo German (0-4) gave up four runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings.

The Tigers struck first in the second inning. Martin led off with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Ronny Rodriguez’s deep sacrifice fly. That gave Rodriguez his first major league RBI.

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The Yankees knotted the score the next inning when Clint Frazier singled and Gardner smoked a triple to center.

Detroit took a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Martin slapped a leadoff single, and McCann brought him home with a double to left-center. German retired the next two batters and probably should have gotten out of the inning.

Jeimer Candelario hit a bloop to left that third baseman Miguel Andujar and left fielder Gardner chased. Miscommunication ensued, and the ball dropped in for a gift double.

Stanton, who was hit by a Fiers pitch in the third, got some revenge when he led off the sixth with a homer to left. Fiers departed with two outs and two on, but reliever Louis Coleman, after walking Frazier to load the bases, bested Gardner with a flyout.

Coleman recorded three strikeouts in the seventh, including Judge and Stanton.

German’s night ended when Cabrera drilled a double down the left field line. Adam Warren came in and gave up an RBI double down the right field line to Martinez.

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