Tigers go down without much swinging in NY

Detroit Tigers second baseman Dawel Lugo, top, can’t handle a throw as the Yankees’ Tyler Wade steals during the seventh inning Saturday in New York. (AP photo)


Associated Press

NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven strong innings for his first win since July, rookie Gleyber Torres hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Saturday.

The Yankees got only two hits, but won for the 11th time in 15 games.

Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 3 and struck out twice in his Yankees debut. The former NL MVP batted leadoff and played right field, a day after being acquired from San Francisco.

Tanaka (10-5) gave up one run and seven hits for his first victory since July 31. He was 0-3 with a 4.40 ERA in five August starts.

Torres connected in the fifth off Daniel Norris (0-3) for the Yankees’ first run.

Norris, reinstated from the disabled list and making his first big league appearance since April 29, was pulled later in the inning with cramping in his left calf. He had been sidelined for most of the season with a strained left groin.

Norris fanned seven, including six of the first 10 New York batters.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the first and scored on a sacrifice fly by Victor Martinez.