Mark Teixeira belted a three-run homer in the seventh inning to lift the New York Yankees to a 5-3 comeback victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Curtis Granderson, with a double and a home run, helped spark the Tigers to a 3-2 lead in support of rookie left-handers Lucas French and Taiwanese reliever Ni Fu-te.
When hard-throwing right-handed reliever Joel Zumaya (3-3) came on to pitch, the Yankees rallied.
Derek Jeter fisted a lead-off single to right, Johnny Damon doubled high of the wall in right field and Teixeira turned on a 3-1 fastball and launched the decisive blast into the second deck in right.
“You don’t try to overswing when a guy is throwing that hard and I put a good swing on it,” Teixeira said of Zumaya, who hit 99mph on the radar gun during the inning.
Asked about Teixeira’s 22nd roundtripper of the year, New York manager Joe Girardi grinned.
“Three-run homers are nice, especially late in a game,” he said.
Phil Hughes (4-2) registered six outs, all by strikeout, to pick up the win in relief of starter A.J. Burnett in the team’s first game following the All-Star break.
“I guess the break gave me a little rest. I felt strong out there,” said 23-year-old Hughes, who is thriving this season out of the bullpen after being groomed as a starter.
“It’s nice to be in the game when it matters and counts,” he said. “I guess I’ve kind of found a comfort zone out there.”
After a rain delay of nearly an hour, Mariano Rivera came on to seal the victory in the ninth for his 24th save.
The victory improved the Yankees to 52-37 and dropped AL Central leading Detroit to 48-40.
RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 1
In Toronto, Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer to lift Boston over Toronto.
Boston’s Clay Buchholz pitched five-and-two-third innings to earn his first major league win in more than a year, in his first start this season.
Youkilis went long in the first inning to set the Red Sox away for a fourth straight win. The Blue Jays have lost 13 of 16 to drop a season-worst three games below .500.
TWINS 5, RANGERS 3
In Arlington, Texas, Jason Kubel hit a tiebreaking three-run homer to set up Minnesota’s win over Texas.
Kubel’s homer in the third, after consecutive hits, put the Twins up 5-2 before both side’s pitchers took control.
ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 3
In Oakland, California, Rajai Davis scored the go-ahead run from first base on an errant pickoff attempt as Oakland snapped a four-game home losing streak to Los Angeles.
In other AL action, it was:
• Rays 8, Royals 7
• White Sox 12, Orioles 8
• Mariners 6, Indians 2
Chase Utley hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th inning as the Philadelphia Phillies edged the Florida Marlins 6-5 on Friday and extended their National League winning streak to seven.
The Phils were up 4-1 when pitcher Cole Hamels left after a rain delay midway through the sixth inning. The bullpen blew the lead and then escaped several jams in the final innings.
With the score 4-4, Jimmy Rollins led off the 12th with a single, took second on a sacrifice and came home on Utley’s single. Jayson Werth singled home another run.
In the bottom of the 12th, Philadelphia closer Brad Lidge, pitching for the first time in a week, walked two and gave up a run on a wild pitch but hung on to earn his 19th save.