NEW YORK, NY - NEW YORK (AP) — Jasson Domínguez broke a third-inning tie with his first Yankee Stadium home run, and New York got back over .500 for the first time in three weeks with a 4-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
Domínguez homered for the third time in five games since his big league debut Friday, a 110.2 mph line drive off Beau Brieske (1-3) that landed in the first-row seats behind the right-field wall. The ball was caught barehanded by a fan wearing a Subway Series T-shirt.
On a sultry night with a gametime temperature of 90 degrees, the 20-year-old switch-hitter was among four rookies in the Yankees starting lineup. He went 3 for 4 for his first multihit game, leaving him with a .333 average, five RBIs and a 1.1143 OPS. Shelley Duncan, his Triple-A manager this year, is the only other Yankees player with three homers in his first five games, achieving the feat in 2007.
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 6: Jasson Domínguez #89 of the New York Yankees celebrates a home run while crossing the plate during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on September 6, 2023, in New York, New York. (Photo by New York Yankees
New York, which entered 69-69 for the first time since 1969, matched its longest winning streak this year at five and has won eight of nine since falling to 62-68. Trying to avoid their first losing record since 1992, the Yankees have just 23 games left to overtake three teams for the final AL wild card.
Detroit pitcher Matt Manning left after he was hit on the right foot by a 119.5 mph comebacker off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning. The 25-year-old right-hander, the ninth overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft, missed 2 1/2 months this season after he was hit on the foot by a comebacker off the bat of Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk.
Clarke Schmidt (9-8) won for the first time in five starts, allowing three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired 16 in a row between Kerry Carpenter’s RBI single in the first and Spencer Torkelson’s single leading off the seventh. Matt Vierling singled and Andy Ibañez chased Schmidt with an RBI single.
Parker Meadows greeted Wandy Peralta with a sacrifice fly that cut New York’s lead to one run.
Detroit loaded the bases against Peralta in the eighth on pinch-hitter Javier Báez’s single and a pair of two-out walks before Greg Weissert struck out Matt Vierling.
Clay Holmes, pitching for the fourth time in five days, got three straight outs for his 18th save in 21 chances.
DJ LeMahieu’s run-scoring single tied the score 1-1 in the second. Oswald Peraza, another of the Yankees’ rookies, hit a run-scoring double in the third as part of a three-hit night and Gleyber Torres singled in a run off José Cisnero in the fourth for a 4-1 lead.
Yankees: LHP Nestor Cortes, limited to one start since May 20 because of rotator cuff inflammation, will start a throwing program this weekend but is unlikely to unlikely to pitch again this season, manager Aaron Boone said. ... RHP Keynan Middleton was put on the 15-day injured list because of right shoulder inflammation, a move retroactive to Sunday, and LHP Matt Krook was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Yankees LHP Carlos Rodón (2-4, 5.70) was set to start Thursday night in the series finale against LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-7, 3.11).