DETROIT -- Nathan Eovaldi earned his first victory as a Yankee with seven-plus innings of one-run ball, silencing a mighty Tigers lineup before getting a boost by a Yankees outburst off Detroit's bullpen for a 5-2 victory Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
"I was really pleased. It's a great lineup," Eovaldi said. "[I] was able to keep the ball on the ground for the most part and make pitches when I needed to."
The win cooled off the Tigers from their best start since 1984, now 11-3. It also rewarded Eovaldi after no-decisions in his previous two starts. He didn't get out of the sixth inning in those outings, but he pitched into the eighth inning Tuesday. He retired the Tigers in order only once, but erased four baserunners with double plays, including two against Ian Kinsler following leadoff singles from speedy Anthony Gose.
"The double plays have been really helpful, keeping them from scoring a ton of runs, because we know how explosive they are," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've got some real timely ones."
Tigers starter Kyle Lobstein did his best to keep the game close before the Yankees broke it open with three runs in the seventh inning off Detroit's bullpen. He was out of the game before the Tigers scored a run of support, a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Yoenis Cespedes scoring J.D. Martinez following his one-out double.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Eovaldi escapes: Eovaldi gave up eight hits in seven-plus innings, but four double plays kept him mostly out of trouble. He worked through a potential jam in the fourth inning, when Miguel Cabrera led off with a single and Victor Martinez walked to bring up a pair of powerful bats with a chance to tie the game. Eovaldi promptly struck out J.D. Martinez with a slider and got Cespedes to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, ending the threat. More >
Lobstein labors early, recovers late: Lobstein looked early on like a pitcher who hadn't pitched in a week and a half, giving up a Mark Teixeira RBI double in the first inning. He recovered to allow no more runs and just two hits after the first, also getting the Yanks to hit into two double plays.
"Falling behind hitters is what got me in trouble, especially that first inning," Lobstein said, "and then I left one pitch up that was hit pretty well. Overall, though, I think I settled in nicely. I'd like to throw more strikes than that, try to get deeper in the game, but overall I was able to make some pitches to get out of some jams."
Pair of Bronx Bombers: Girardi decided to bench Carlos Beltran on Tuesday to get Chris Young's bat in the lineup. The move paid off, particularly in the seventh inning when Young led off with a homer to left, his fourth of the season. Shortstop Stephen Drew followed that blast with one of his own, giving the Yankees a three-run lead. With four homers, Young and Drew are tied for the team lead with Alex Rodriguez and Teixeira. More >
"We kind of opened it up a little bit and took advantage of some wildness on their part," Girardi said. "You get two big home runs. It's nice to have."
Bullpen blasted in seventh: Lobstein exited after six innings with a 1-0 deficit. Three batters later, the Yankees had a 3-0 lead on solo homers off Ian Krol, who struggled falling behind hitters. By inning's end, the Tigers had used four relievers in search of three outs. Lefty reliever Tom Gorzelanny walked the lefty-swinging Jacoby Ellsbury and allowed a single to the lefty-swinging Brett Gardner. Al Alburquerque walked both batters he faced, throwing just one strike. Blaine Hardy got Detroit out of the inning. More >
"Just going out there and facing a good lineup, it could be any team -- whoever's hot, really -- and when you can perform and give your team a good chance to win, that's big." -- Eovaldi
"We were pretty sloppy in the seventh inning. That's how I would describe it. Across the board, it was a little bit rough for us, and the Yankees took advantage of it." -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus
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Drew's seventh-inning home run off Krol was his first off a lefty since Aug. 21, 2013, when he hit one off then-Giants reliever Mike Kickham. He had hit 13 home runs off righties since then.
WHAT'S NEXT Yankees: Right-hander Adam Warren will make his third start of the season Wednesday night at Comerica Park. Warren struggled his last time out, allowing four runs on six hits, including two home runs, in four innings against the Rays. He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four career relief appearances against Detroit. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:08 p.m. ET.
Tigers:David Price will face the Yankees for the first time since they put up nine consecutive third-inning hits against him last Aug. 27 at Comerica Park. When asked Tuesday if he had erased the memories from the disaster, Price said, "What happened? I don't know what you're talking about."