The New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday thanks to a dominant performance from starter Phil Hughes. The 25 year-old right-hander allowed just four hits and one run as he threw a complete game to get his fifth win of the season.
The only run Hughes allowed came off the bat of Prince Fielder who hit a solo home run. Along with throwing his first complete game of the year, Hughes reached a new season-high in strikeouts with eight.
The Yankees got on the scoreboard early for Hughes, as shortstop Derek Jeter blasted a leadoff home run in the first inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. First baseman Mark Teixeira added another run in the inning as he hit a sacrifice fly to score Curtis Granderson and give the Yankees a 2-0 lead before Hughes even took the mound.
In the third inning, Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run to stretch the Yankees lead to three.
Fielder's home run for Detroit in the fourth inning cut the lead back down to two, but the Yankees answered back in the fifth inning. With Granderson on base, Robinson Cano hit an RBI triple, then scored on an error by Detroit's second baseman Danny Worth.
The first four batters in New York's lineup, Jeter, Granderson, A-Rod, and Cano, combined to bat 6-17 with three RBI and five runs scored.
Starting the game for Detroit was Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, but the Yankees were able to score five runs on nine hits and four walks in six and a third innings off the Tigers' ace.
Next, the Yankees will travel home to play the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday at 7:05 PM ET.
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