Four-run sixth gives Rocket the winAbreu's two-run shot off left-field foul pole seals the deal
After five innings of surviving on Posada's second-inning solo shot and little else, the Yankees' offense came alive in the sixth off Detroit starter Chad Durbin. Abreu clubbed his 14th home run, a two-run shot to left that zipped over outfielder Cameron Maybin and into the seats.
Robinson Cano and Andy Phillips tacked on run-scoring singles to left, extending the Yankees' lead and closing the book on Durbin's start. The right-hander was charged with four runs on six hits in five-plus innings, walking one and striking out one.
The timing of New York's rally put Roger Clemens in position to earn his fifth victory of the season. Clemens scattered 10 hits over six innings of two-run ball, striking out eight -- including his 1,000th whiff as a Yankee -- and walking none.
He was touched most notably by the 20-year-old Maybin, who logged his first Major League hit in the third inning, then homered in the fifth off Clemens, a straightaway shot that bounced off the black seating area beyond the center-field wall.
Ryan Raburn's fourth-inning sacrifice fly accounted for Detroit's other run off Clemens, who cut down another potential Tigers run on a snappy double play that ended the third inning. Clemens struck out Marcus Thames and then darted to his left to intercept a throw to second from Jorge Posada, who had fired down when Maybin took off for second base. Clemens then ran the ball to the third-base line, catching Brandon Inge leaning toward the plate on a steal gone awry.
Kyle Farnsworth turned in his fourth consecutive scoreless effort with a 1-2-3 seventh inning, striking out two. Luis Vizcaino pitched the eighth before handing the ball off to a rested Mariano Rivera for the ninth inning, who shrugged off a blown save and loss earlier in the week to securing his 20th save.