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Yankees Highlights: Bombers slug six homers but pitching blows it against Tigers

Big nights from Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius weren’t enough as the lowly Tigers staged a comeback.

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In one of the weirdest games of the season, the Yankees somehow got roped into a back-and-forth slugfest with the league’s worst team. New York jumped all over Edwin Jackson and took a 6-0 lead into the third, but Aaron Boone tried and failed to coax easy innings from his lesser relievers against the lowly Detroit lineup, as the underbelly of the Yankee pitching staff frittered away the early advantage. By the time the dust settled, the Tigers had walked it off with a zany 12-11 victory.

Winner(s) of the Game

Let’s go with the pair of men that notched two-homer games: Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius. Gardner’s two home runs gave him 23 on the season, a career high:

Gregorius’ blasts gave him 16 on the year:

Honorable mention: They didn’t manage multiple homers, but Edwin Encarnacion and Gleyber Torres each went deep once, giving the Yankees six dingers on the night and an incredible 276 on the season.

Loser of the Game

Virtually anyone that toed the rubber for the Yankees. Nestor Cortes started and got knocked around in the third inning, finishing having yielding four runs in 2.1 innings. Luis Cessa gave up three runs in 2.2 innings, Jonathan Loaisiga gave up a run and recorded only one out, and even Adam Ottavino gave up a run in an inning of work. Chance Adams had the honor of surrendering the winning run, allowing hits to two of the first three batters he faced as the Tigers ended the game swiftly in the bottom of the ninth.