The Tigers got two home runs in the first inning off Ivan Nova, and then another run off of C.C. Sabathia in the fifth (Nova left in the third inning, requiring Phil Hughes to step in). Robinson Cano had a solo home run in the fifth and the Bombers scored another run in the seventh, but they left a small village on the bases as they could never get the key hit.
In the second, Mark Teixeira hit a one-out double, but was stranded when Swisher grounded out and Posada struck out. Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter were on base in the third, but the Yankees couldn't drive them home. The Yankees loaded the bases in the fourth with one out, but Russell Martin and Brett Gardner popped out to end the threat. They loaded the bases again in the seventh with one out, but A-Rod struck out and after Teixeira drew a walk to score their second run, Swisher struck out.
Perhaps their best chance at winning the game came in the 8th. With two outs, Brett Gardner singled. With Jeter at the plate, Gardner took off for second and Jeter lifted a deep blast to right that looked like it had the distance, but settled into the rightfielder's glove for the third out. In the 9th with one out, Robinson Cano hit a blast to center, but his bat was broken on the swing and Austin Jackson made an easy catch. That left it up to A-Rod, who struck out on a 1-2 fastball, igniting the Tigers' celebration.
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