The Yankees got back to .500 on Friday night with an 8-6 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park. Jordan Montgomery got the start for the Yankees, going six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while striking out four and walking none. The Yankees got on the board first in the top of the second thanks to a two-run, inside-the-park home run by Aaron Hicks off of Mike Fiers. It was a high fly ball towards right center that caromed off the wall and rolled away from the center fielder Leonys Martin and allowed Hicks to come all the way around. The Yankees added to the lead later on with three runs in the fifth, coming from an RBI double by Brett Gardner to score Miguel Andujar, an RBI single by Aaron Judge to score Gardner, and Didi Gregorius reaching on a throwing error by second baseman Dixon Machado that allowed Judge to score, giving the Yanks a 5-0 lead.
The Tigers got on the board in the next half inning on a solo home run by James McCann off of Montgomery, cutting the Yankees’ lead to four runs. After a solo home run by Hicks in the sixth that did in fact leave the yard to make the score 6-1, Mike Fiers was lifted from the game by manager Ron Gardenhire, having gone 5 ⅔ innings, allowing eight hits, six runs, and striking out four and walking one. Buck Farmer came on to get the next four outs, allowing no runs with four strikeouts over an inning and a third of work. The Tigers cut into the Yankees’ lead a bit more with two runs in the seventh to make the score 6-3.
The Yankees responded quickly to the Tigers’ two runs with another two of their own coming on an RBI single by Ronald Torreyes to score Miguel Andujar and a sac fly by Didi to score Gardner and make it an 8-3 game. Dellin Betances came on in the eighth and did not look good. He gave up three runs on a solo homer by Jeimer Candelario and RBI singles by McCann and Jose Iglesias to make the score 8-6. After a scoreless top of the ninth, Aroldis Chapman came on looking for his second save of the season. He would get just that, striking out the side to end the game. The Yankees move to 7-7 on the season, and look to get back above the .500 mark tonight as Starlin Castro and the Marlins come into town. Giancarlo Stanton will get his first look at Miami as an opposing player.