Robertson's gem leads Tigs over Yanks

It wasn't quite as impressive as Mike Maroth's one-hitter on Friday night, but Nate Robertson was determined to have a better showing than his first appearance against the Yankees this season - when they torched him for 7 runs in less than 2 innings. Robertson's 8 innings coupled with a big day from Carlos Pena gave the Tigers a win, a series split, and a season series victory over the Yankees.

Nate Robertson came out determined to shut down the Yankees - something he wasn't able to do less than 2 weeks ago in the Bronx, when the Yankees hit Robertson hard and chased him after less than 2 innings of work.

There would not be a repeat performance on Sunday, as Robertson came with his A-game. Robertson went 8 innings, allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and struck out 3 Yankee batters to earn his 9th win of the year. Ugueth Urbina came on in the 9th and closed it out for his 15th save.

Jon Lieber would take the loss for New York, giving up 4 runs in 6 2/3 innings of work.

At the plate, the star for the Tigers was 1B Carlos Pena, who has been cold as of late. Pena went 3-for-3 with a Home Run (his 12th) and 2 runs scored. Marcus Thames had 2 hits and an RBI as well.

The Yankees got their 2 runs off Ruben Sierra's 2-run Home Run in the 4th inning. The Home Run leaves Sierra just 5 shy of the 300 mark for his career.

Again at 3 games under .500, it's now time for the Tigers to mix it up with their division foes. First up is a 2-game set with the Twins at Comerica Park, before Kansas City makes a visit for another 2 games, and then it will be off to the Windy City for 3 games with the division-leading Chicago White Sox. Jason Johnson will face Terry Mulholland, game time is 7:05pm on Fox Sports Detroit.


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