Yankees Rally To Defeat Tigers

It was supposed to be a bit easier than it was, but at the end of the game the Yankees posted yet another win against the Detroit Tigers. Bernie Williams broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with an RBI single that scored Drew Henson to give the Yankees the lead for good. Jose Contreras was bailed out of a sub-par outing as the Yanks took home a 4-2 victory.

With one out in the eighth inning, Jorge Posada drew a walk from Detroit reliever Francisco Rodney. Henson was called upon to pinch run for Posada, making his second appearance of the season. Ruben Sierra grounded a ball up the middle for a base hit that moved Henson over to second. Williams followed with a base hit to right field to plate the go-ahead run. Hideki Matsui drove home an insurance run with a sacrifice fly just one batter later.

The Yanks originally took the lead in the first inning on Posada's two-RBI single. Posada was batting in the cleanup spot while Jason Giambi received the day off. The catcher was hit on the hand by a foul tip that may have facilitated his removal in the eighth. John Flaherty caught the ninth.

The Tigers tied the game up in the fifth inning against Contreras, who looked sharp up until that point. With one out, Brandon Inge singled and stole second base. Posada's throw to second went awry and Inge moved all the way to third on the error. Ramon Santiago then cut the lead to 2-1 with an RBI single.

One out later, Bobby Higginson walked to load the bases. Dmitri Young then drew a five-pitch walk from Contreras to tie the game. Felix Heredia relieved Contreras and got Carlos Pena to line out to first to end the inning without anymore issue.

Heredia lasted two innings and didn't allow a run, lowering his ERA to 1.12 since becoming a Yankee a few weeks ago. Jeff Nelson, Gabe White and Mariano Rivera combined to hold the Tigers scoreless for the final 2 2/3 innings. White (1-0) earned his first win as a Yankees and Rivera picked up his 34th save of the year. Rivera is now second in the American League in saves behind Oakland's Keith Foulke who has 39.

Henson now has scored two major league runs, despite being 0/2 with no walks in his major league career. Both runs have come as a pinch runner.

Rodney (0-3) took the loss in relief of Nate Robertson. Rodney allowed two runs in an inning of work. Robertson pitched very well in just his fifth start of the season, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. The 26-year old also struck out five Yankees.

Game two of the three-game series is on Wednesday at 7:05 pm. Gary Knotts (3-5, 4.74) will get the start for the Tigers. Andy Pettitte (17-8, 4.35) will look to rebound from a horrible start as he takes the mound for the Yankees.

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