Justin Verlander took a perfect game to the fourth inning, before the Yankees finally got a baserunner. The offense was able to stay alive after that and the Yankees snapped a streak of 16 straight games decided by two or less runs.
Detroit scored their one and only run in the first inning. Rajai Davis lead off with a grounder to Derek Jeter, which was bobbled, allowing Davis to reach. A wild pitch allowed Davis to take second, then he advanced to third as Ian Kinsler ground out. The run scored off of a sac fly by Miguel Cabrera.
The Yankees couldn't get anything going until the fourth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury singled to break up the perfect game. In the next inning, Chase Headley was able to tie the game with a home run to the second deck in right. Brian McCann gave the Yankees the lead in the 7th, by dropping a home run into the Yankees' bullpen.
Chris Capuano had a fantastic outing, going 6.2 innings with zero earned runs, just five hits and a walk. He struck out 8 batters, including Cabrera and Victor Martinez. He was pulled from the game after giving up back-to-back singles. Adam Warren came in to get Davis to ground out for the final out. Things got interesting in the 8th inning, when Warren came out again and had to work out of the jam caused by the shoddy defense behind him. With one out, Cabrera drew a walk. Stephen Drew then made consecutive errors, first booting a grounder hit by V-Mart, then throwing it way past Mark Teixeira, allowing Cabrera to advance to third base. With runners on the corners, Warren was able to get J.D. Martinez to strikeout, and Nick Castellanos to fly out to end the inning, but not before both batters worked a full count.
The 8th inning was clearly the most exciting inning of the game. Brett Gardner led off the eighth with a single, followed by a walk to Ellsbury. The Tigers were playing no doubles, which allowed Tex to hit an RBI single through the hole in left. Beltran followed with a single of his own. McCann then grounded into a force out, with Beltran out at second. The ball was then thrown to first, where McCann was safe because no one was even covering first. Ellsbury scored, and Tex was called out at the plate. The Yankees eventually decided to challenge the play, and it was determined that Tex was safe. Unfortunately, Tex also appeared to jam his pinky into Bryan Holaday's foot while sliding his hand over the plate, and he was removed from the game in the 9th inning. It didn't look good.
David Huff was able to get the last three outs of the game, giving them a 2-1 lead in the series. The Yankees will finish off the four game series against the Tigers tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 pm EST. Yay random weekday games. Shane Greene will take the mound against Rick Porcello.