The Detroit Tigers roasted the New York Yankees to avoid the sweep on Sunday. The Tigers dropped 12 runs on 15 hits to secure a 12-4 victory over the Yankees.
Anibal Sanchez toed the slab for the Tigers and got early help to push himself to the top. Sanchez finished with 7.0 innings pitched, giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. The veteran struck out five batters over 106 pitches. Sanchez picked up the win and is 6-7 with a 4.59 ERA.
Sanchez got first inning help from both Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. With Miguel Cabrera on first, V. Martinez hit a 406 foot home run to right field to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
"It was nice to see him turn on some balls," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of the switch-hitting Victor Martinez, who was batting left-handed.
Just minutes later, J.D. Martinez hit a home run to left, scoring Yoenis Cespedes to give the Tigers a 4-0 lead.
J.D. Martinez continued his tear with a home run in the fifth inning and a home run in the sixth inning. The one in the fifth was a solo home run and a three-run homer in the sixth.
"I definitely got anxious. I just knew that I was feeling good," Martinez said. "I don't think he threw me one strike."
Martinez finished 3-for-5 with six RBI. He is now hitting .275/.333/.516 on the season. V. Martinez went 3-for-6 with four RBI and has proven that he can bat like he did during the 2014 season.
"It was just one of those days where you take swings and you're actually hitting the ball how you want to hit it," J.D. Martinez said. "There's not too many of those days, so you've just got to take advantage of them."
The three home run game for Martinez was the first for Detroit since Cabrera on May 19, 2013. It was also the first time against the Yankees since Charlie Maxwell in 1959.
"It's pretty cool just to say the first time you did it was here," J.D. Martinez said. "This is the pinnacle of baseball."
Andrew Romine hit his first home run of the season (third of his career) in the sixth inning to extend Detroit's lead to 12-2 over the Yankees.
"To be able to come back after an embarrassing night ... is big for us," Romine said only hours after losing 14-3 on Saturday.
Masahiro Tanaka struggled, but threw 5.0 innings, while giving up seven runs (five earned runs) on 10 hits and two walks. Tanaka received the loss and now has a 4-3 record with a 3.17 ERA.
"I was missing spots and I was missing them by a far margin so I wasn't really sharp today," Tanaka said through a translator.
Danny Burawa made his MLB debut, but it did not go as planned. The young reliever gave up four runs on three hits and a walk over just 0.2 innings of work. Burawa now owns a 54.00 ERA. Burawa was sent back to Triple-A Scranton after the game.
Yankees infielder Stephen Drew hit a home run in both the seventh inning (off Sanchez) and in the ninth inning.
The ninth inning home run for Drew was against Joakim Soria, who is the Tigers regular closer. After giving up the home run, Soria finished up the game to give the Tigers a win.