Sabathia wins 16th as Yanks topple Tigers

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Bronx, NY - CC Sabathia struck out nine over seven strong innings to pick up his American League-leading 16th win, as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-2, in the second contest of a four-game series.

Robinson Cano and former Tiger Curtis Granderson each hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who had scored a total of one run over their last two games, both defeats.

Nick Swisher added a two-run single for New York, which played without starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He had an MRI on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a low grade strain of his left calf.

Sabathia (16-5) allowed five hits and two runs, while walking three batters. The powerful southpaw won his third straight start as the Yankees remained tied with Tampa Bay for first place in the AL East. The Rays pounded Texas on Tuesday.

Justin Verlander (13-8) was charged with five hits and three runs over five innings and lost for the third time in his last four decisions.

Austin Jackson homered on the first pitch of the game and Brandon Inge also went deep off Sabathia, but the Tigers had their three-game winning streak snapped.

Entering Tuesday, Sabathia had allowed just one homer in his last 13 starts, but Jackson changed that immediately by hitting the game's first pitch over the wall in left field.

Brett Gardner singled and Derek Jeter walked to start the bottom of the first. Cano walked with one out to set up Swisher's two-run base hit to left. The Yankees loaded the bases again, but Marcus Thames grounded into a 1-2-3 double play.

Granderson homered to right to start the bottom of the second and Sabathia escaped trouble in the fourth, fanning Inge to leave two men on base.

Gardner doubled to right off Daniel Schlereth in the sixth and scored on Jeter's single to right.

Inge homered in the next inning, but Cano hit one over the wall in right to start the bottom half of the frame. Ramiro Pena, who started for Rodriguez, drove in Swisher with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Jorge Posada has three steals in his last nine games. The three steals for this season equal a career-best, set in 2006...Tigers second baseman Carlos Guillen didn't play due to a sore left knee...David Robertson pitched a scoreless eight inning for the Yankees and hasn't allowed a run in his last 17 appearances...Posada singled in the fifth inning for his 1,558th career hit, tying Thurman Munson for 17th place on the Yankees' all-time hits list...Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is headed for an MRI exam after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. He has been on the disabled list since July 19 with a groin injury.


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