Damon's power contributes to Yanks' four-run sixth vs. Tigers
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
DETROIT -- If the Yankees were dragging from their early-morning exit from Comerica Park on Saturday, their offense lent few signs of needing a pick-me-up.
Melky Cabrera legged out a three-run triple and Johnny Damon also tripled and homered for the Yankees, who gleaned eight solid innings from 15-game winner Chien-Ming Wang in a 7-2 victory over the Tigers.
Backing Wang (15-6), the Yankees opened up the game in the sixth with a rarity of back-to-back triples off Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman, who lost his sixth consecutive decision.
Cabrera sliced a bases-loaded drive down the right-field line for a three-base hit; Bonderman's next pitch was ripped to center field, where Curtis Granderson attempted a diving catch, but the ball ticked off his glove and fell to the ground as Damon raced for third.
Bonderman (10-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out none. He surrendered a two-run double up the left-center-field gap to Hideki Matsui in the first inning -- one of three hits for Matsui, who has hit safely in 44 of 48 games -- before Damon hit a solo home run, his eighth, leading off the third.
Wang had won four of his last five decisions but, over that span, struggled at times with aggressiveness and trusting his sinker.
He was much improved on Saturday, limiting Detroit to two runs (one earned) and five hits in an eight-inning, two-walk, six-strikeout performance that helped the Yankees bounce back from a crushing extra-inning loss that spilled into Saturday morning.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.