Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) – Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-for-2 with two runs
scored and two walks in the New York Yankees’ 2-1 win over the Detroit Tigers
on a cold Thursday afternoon.
Brian McCann’s RBI groundout in the eighth inning produced the game-winning
run for the Yankees, who took the final three games of this four-game set.
New York starter Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run on three hits while striking
out six and walking two over 6 1/3 innings. Dellin Betances (3-0) picked up
the win after tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings, while Andrew Miller pitched a
perfect ninth for his sixth save of the season.
The Yankees, who went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded
seven, finished 7-3 on a 10-game road trip.
Victor Martinez drove in the lone run for the Tigers. Anibal Sanchez got the
start and gave up one run on one hit while striking out eight and walking four
over 6 1/3 frames.
Tom Gorzelanny (0-1), who got the final two outs of the seventh, stayed on to
pitch the eighth for Detroit with the game tied at 1-1. Ellsbury led off with
a double to left-center field, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and
scored on McCann’s groundout to put the Yankees ahead.
Earlier, the Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the first. Anthony Gose led off with a
double, moved to third when Ian Kinsler grounded out and scored on Martinez’s
New York’s Carlos Beltran struck out swinging with runners on second and third
in the third to keep it a one-run game.
Beltran came up again with a man on third and one out in the sixth, but struck
out swinging again for the second out. The Yankees did score the tying
run, however, as Ellsbury crossed the plate on a balk by Sanchez. Tigers
manager Brad Ausmus came out to argue and was ejected.
The Tigers put men on the corners with two outs in the seventh. Betances was
called in from the bullpen and retired Nick Castellanos to end the threat.
Detroit announced before the game that closer Joe Nathan will miss the
remainder of the season because of a right elbow injury that will require
surgery … J.D. Martinez had two doubles for the Tigers, who went 0-for-5
with runners in scoring position and stranded four.