Eric Chavez had nine hits during these four games in Detroit, none of them bigger than today’s game-winning, opposite-field home run. On back-to-back pitches, Mark Teixeira tied the game with a solo shot in the eighth, then Chavez gave the Yankees a 4-3 win with his 12th homer of the season (his second of the series). The Yankees had a 2-0 lead earlier in the game, but they lost it in a wild and controversial fifth inning. After Alex Avila tied it on a two-run homer, the Tigers took the lead on a two-out double that third-base umpire Tim Welke seemed to initially call foul before quickly signalling fair. Whether because of Welke or not, Raul Ibanez misplayed the ball, letting Quintin Berry score on the play. Joe Girardi was ejected, and the play stood as the difference before those eighth-inning homers. Hiroki Kuroda allowed three runs through 6.1 innings but took a no-decision. Rafael Soriano got a four-out save, putting the tying run at third base with no outs in the ninth before getting out of the jam. Untuck!
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