Fulmer gets 5th straight win as Tigers beat Yankees

Detroit Tigers, Michael Fulmer
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Fulmer (32) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Sunday, June 12, 2016, in New York.

NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer dominated on Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, winning his fifth straight start while extending his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings to lead the Tigers over New York 4-1 Sunday.

With Whitey Ford, Reggie Jackson and several more Hall of Famers and World Series MVPs on hand for the pregame festivities, the 23-year-old Fulmer by far was the biggest star of the afternoon.

Fulmer (7-1) blanked the Yankees on two hits for six innings and left with a 2.52 ERA. He’s won six consecutive decisions overall — in a tremendous string of five starts, he’s yielded just one run and 13 hits in 34 1/3 innings.

Fulmer struck out three and walked three, mixing a fastball in the mid-90s (mph) with an effective changeup. He escaped his only serious jam by retiring Carlos Beltran on a flyball with the bases loaded to end the fifth.

Before this season, Fulmer had never pitched above Double-A. The Tigers got him last July in a trade that sent slugger Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.

Ian Kinsler homered, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Tigers won for the seventh time in nine games. He homered and had five RBIs in Saturday night’s win.

The Yankees lost their second in a row following a five-game winning streak. This loss ended a stretch in which New York played 40 games in 41 days, going 23-17 in that span.

Chase Headley hit an RBI single in the eighth off Justin Wilson. Francisco Rodriguez closed for his 19th save in 20 chances.

Michael Pineda (3-7) gave up two runs and struck out eight in six innings. He started out strong, but Miguel Cabrera singled to open the fourth and Victor Martinez then hit a liner that appeared to glance off Pineda’s right hip for a single.

Pineda seemed shaky after that, with Nick Castellanos getting a sacrifice fly later in the inning and Martinez adding an RBI grounder in the fifth. Kinsler hit his 13th homer, a two-run drive off Anthony Swarzak in the seventh.

One player in pinstripes did hit a home run during the day, but it was former Yankees star Hideki Matsui celebrating his 42nd birthday with a second-deck shot off David Cone in the Old-Timers’ exhibition.

MIGGY MOVES UP

Cabrera doubled in the first for his 2,400th career hit. At 33 years old, he became the fifth-youngest player to reach that mark, the Elias Sports Bureau said. Tigers great Ty Cobb was the youngest to do it at 31.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: DH Alex Rodriguez was out of the starting lineup. He’s hitting .211 with seven homers and 21 RBIs. “We just felt he needed a day,” manager Joe Girardi said.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matt Boyd (0-1, 3.38 ERA) starts Monday night in Chicago vs. White Sox RHP James Shields (2-8), who got hit hard in his first outing after being acquired from San Diego.

Yankees: After a day off, New York and RHP Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.42) visit LHP Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 8.81) and Colorado. Eovaldi is 6-0 with a 3.86 ERA in his last nine starts.

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