Yanks’ Bats Back Burnett; Game 5 Thursday In New York
Led by a solid performance from starter A.J. Burnett, the Yankees mashed the Tigers 10-1 on Tuesday to force a decisive Game 5 Thursday night in New York.
Burnett walked three batters in the 1st, one intentional, but pitched out of trouble to keep Detroit off the board early. He was pulled by manager Joe Girardi after 5 2/3 innings of four-hit ball. The only run he allowed came on a solo-home run by the Tigers' Victor Martinez in the 4th.
Derek Jeter got the lead for New York in the 3rd with a two-run double to put the Yankees up 2-0. The lead grew to 4-1 in the 5th with a Curtis Granderson RBI double and an Alex Rodriguez sacrifice fly.
New York put up six runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach.
Granderson's glove came up big for the Yankees twice on Tuesday. He misread a line drive with the bases loaded and two outs in the 1st, but recovered to make the catch to end the inning. Then, when Burnett was pulled in the 6th with a runner on and a three run lead, he made a spectacular inning ending diving catch in the gap to rob Jhonny Peralta of a double and an RBI.
Game 5 is set for Thursday night at 8:00 in the Bronx on TBS. Ivan Nova is scheduled to pitch against Detroit's Doug Fister.
The winner of Game 5 will move on to play the defending American League Champion Texas Rangers, who eliminated Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Rangers' third baseman Adrian Beltre (right) belted three solo home runs to lead Texas to the 4-3 win in Game 4 of their ALDS, giving the Rangers a 3-1 series win.
Philadelphia holds a 2-1 series advantage over the Cardinals after a 3-2 victory Tuesday.
Ben Francisco's pinch-hit three-run homer in the 7th inning off of Jaime Garcia provided all the offense the Phillies needed.
The St Louis offense, meanwhile, pounded out 12 hits, but just three with runners in scoring position. The Cards stranded 14 runners.
The Diamondbacks came alive to beat the Brewers in Game 4 and now trail Milwaukee 2-1 in the playoff series.