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Avila key in Tigers comeback win over Yankees

(Tuesday, August 5)

Final Score: Detroit 4, New York 3 (12 innings)

Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Alex Avila’s solo home run in the top of the 12th inning put the Detroit Tigers ahead for good in a 4-3 come-from-behind decision over the New York Yankees.

Avila, who earlier came through with an RBI single that tied the contest in the seventh inning, belted an offering from Matt Daley (0-1) into the bleachers in right center to make David Price’s first outing as a Tiger a victorious one, though the newly acquired hurler ultimately didn’t factor in the final outcome.

Price made a strong initial impression, however, racking up 10 strikeouts while allowing three runs in 8 2/3 innings. Two of the eight hits the former Tampa Bay ace surrendered were solo homers by Brian McCann and Martin Prado.

Andrew Romine also had a solo homer to help the Tigers bounce back from a 2-1 setback in Monday’s opener of this four-game set. Victor Martinez contributed two hits and an RBI to the triumph.

Prado and Jacoby Ellsbury each finished 2-for-5 with an RBI for New York, which had a three-game winning streak halted. Hiroki Kuroda matched Price through the first seven innings, yielding three runs on six hits.

Price had been on the hook for a loss in his Detroit debut before his new teammates struck for single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings to erase a 3-1 deficit.

Romine ended a string of 14 consecutive outs recorded by Kuroda by clubbing a slider into the right-field seats to get the Tigers within a run, while Avila’s two-out hard single to right in the seventh brought in Martinez from second and knotted the score.

It remained deadlocked until Avila swatted his eighth homer of the season with one out in the top of the 12th, shortly after Joakim Soria (2-4) retired the Yankees in order during his lone inning of work.

Joe Nathan followed with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 12th to record his 23rd save, surviving a scare on a deep fly ball from New York’s Chase Headley that was hauled in by J.D. Martinez at the wall for the first out.

Kuroda gave up singles to two of the first three Detroit hitters, which was followed by Victor Martinez’s run-producing groundout that quickly sent the Tigers ahead. The veteran didn’t permit another baserunner until Romine’s homer, however, to help enable the Yankees to surge in front.

McCann evened the game with a second-inning blast off the second-deck facade in right, and the light-hitting Brendan Ryan drilled a double off Price to open the bottom of the third before eventually scoring the go-ahead run.

Price got the next two out to briefly keep Ryan on the basepaths, but Ellsbury sliced a pitch just inside the third-base bag for a double and a 2-1 Yankees’ edge.

Prado hammered a 2-0 fastball from Price over the wall in left to extend New York’s margin in the fifth.

Game Notes

The Yankees have been involved in 16 straight games decided by two runs or less, the longest streak by any team since a 16-game run by Baltimore in 1975 … Price has now allowed three earned runs or fewer in a career-best 13 consecutive starts … Detroit reliever Joba Chamberlain, who spent his first seven major league seasons with the Yankees, tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Price while facing his ex-team for the first time … Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter left the game in the ninth inning after being hit in the left hand by a Dellin Betances pitch … McCann has now homered three times off Price this season.

BOX SCORE

Final(12) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Detroit « 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 0
NY Yankees 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
W:J.Soria(2-4) L:M.Daley(0-1) S:J.Nathan (23)
HR: DET- A.Romine (2), A.Avila (8) NYY- B.McCann (12), M.Prado (1)
Detroit AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Rajai Davis CF-LF 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .301
Ian Kinsler 2B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .288
Miguel Cabrera 1B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .311
Victor Martinez DH 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .324
  Don Kelly PR-DH 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .255
Torii Hunter RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .271
  Ezequiel Carrera PR-CF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250
J.D. Martinez LF-RF 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .312
Nick Castellanos 3B 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .259
Alex Avila C 5 1 2 2 0 0 1 0 0 .220
Andrew Romine SS 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .212
Totals 43 4 8 4 0 0 2 0 10
NY Yankees AB R H RBI 2B 3B HR W K AVG
Brett Gardner LF 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .283
Derek Jeter SS 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Jacoby Ellsbury CF 5 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 .277
Mark Teixeira 1B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .229
Carlos Beltran DH 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 .248
  Ichiro Suzuki PR-DH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .271
Brian McCann C 5 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 .236
Chase Headley 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .245
Martin Prado RF 5 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 2 .250
Brendan Ryan 2B 3 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .206
  Stephen Drew PH-2B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .177
Totals 43 3 8 3 3 0 2 0 12

LOB_Detroit 6, NY Yankees 6. 2B_J.Ellsbury, M.Prado, B.Ryan. HR_A.Romine (2) off H.Kuroda, A.Avila (8) off M.Daley, B.McCann (12) off D.Price, M.Prado (1) off D.Price. SF_V.Martinez. S_B.Gardner. SB_V.Martinez (3), I.Suzuki (7).

Detroit IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
David Price 8.2 8 3 3 0 10 2 112-78 3.11
Joba Chamberlain 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 26-14 2.93
Joakim Soria (W 2-4) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 13-8 3.65
Joe Nathan (S 23) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9-7 5.31
NY Yankees IP H R ER BB SO HR PC-ST ERA
Hiroki Kuroda 7.0 6 3 3 0 5 1 91-58 3.97
Dellin Betances 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 18-11 1.46
Shawn Kelley 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 6-3 3.22
David Huff 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 12-7 1.88
Esmil Rogers 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 18-14 5.84
Rich Hill 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4-1 0.00
Matt Daley (L 0-1) 1.1 1 1 1 0 1 1 13-9 5.02

R.Hill pitched to 1 batter in the 11th.

PB_B.McCann.
HBP_by J.Chamberlain (D.Jeter), by D.Betances (T.Hunter), by R.Hill (E.Carrera). 
T_4:11. A_40078.
Umpires_Home,Mike Muchlinski; First, Tom Woodring; Second, Mark Wegner; Third, Mike Winters.

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