Yankees top Tigers 4-3, Dominguez hits first Bronx HR

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New York Yankees 4, Detroit Tigers 3

NEW YORK — In the third inning, Jasson Domínguez smashed his first home run at Yankee Stadium, breaking the tie and helping New York secure a 4-3 win against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night. This victory also marked the Yankees’ return to a winning record, crossing the .500 threshold for the first time in three weeks.

In his fifth game since making his big league debut last Friday, Domínguez launched his third home run. This time, it was a scorching 110.2 mph line drive off Beau Brieske (1-3), and it found its mark in the first-row seats just beyond the right-field wall. Remarkably, a fan sporting a Subway Series T-shirt made a barehanded catch of the ball.

On a steamy evening with a game-time temperature soaring to 90 degrees, the 20-year-old switch-hitter was one of four rookie players featured in the Yankees‘ starting lineup. He excelled, going 3 for 4, which marked his first multi-hit game. This performance boosted his batting average to .333, and he also accumulated five RBIs and an impressive 1.1143 OPS. The only other Yankees player to hit three home runs in his first five games was Shelley Duncan, who achieved this feat back in 2007, during his tenure as a Triple-A manager this year.

New York, previously holding a record of 69-69 for the first time since 1969, extended its winning streak to five games, equaling its longest run of victories this year. The team has now secured eight wins in its last nine games, rebounding from a 62-68 slump. The Yankees, determined to avoid their first losing season since 1992, face the challenge of having just 23 games remaining to surpass three other teams and secure the final AL wild card spot.

In the first inning, Detroit pitcher Matt Manning had to exit the game after being struck on the right foot by a 119.5 mph comebacker hit by Giancarlo Stanton. This unfortunate incident mirrored an earlier setback for the 25-year-old right-hander, who, as the ninth overall pick in the 2016 amateur draft, endured a 2 1/2-month absence earlier this season due to a similar injury when he was hit on the foot by a comebacker off the bat of Toronto’s Alejandro Kirk.

Clarke Schmidt (9-8) secured his first victory in five starts by pitching 6 1/3 innings, permitting three runs and yielding five hits. He displayed remarkable consistency by retiring 16 consecutive batters, beginning with Kerry Carpenter’s RBI single in the first inning and extending until Spencer Torkelson’s lead-off single in the seventh. Schmidt’s impressive streak came to an end when Matt Vierling singled, and he ultimately departed the game after Andy Ibañez delivered an RBI single.

Parker Meadows initiated the scoring against Wandy Peralta with a sacrifice fly, narrowing New York’s lead to just one run.

In the eighth inning, Detroit managed to load the bases against Peralta thanks to a single by pinch-hitter Javier Báez and two consecutive two-out walks, but their hopes were dashed when Greg Weissert struck out Matt Vierling.

Clay Holmes, making his fourth appearance in the last five days, secured three consecutive outs to earn his 18th save in 21 opportunities.

DJ LeMahieu leveled the score at 1-1 with his RBI single in the second inning. Oswald Peraza, one of the Yankees’ rookie sensations, contributed to the offensive display with a run-scoring double in the third, showcasing a three-hit performance. In the fourth, Gleyber Torres added to the lead by singling in another run against José Cisnero, extending the Yankees’ advantage to 4-1.

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In the series finale on Thursday night, Yankees left-hander Carlos Rodón (2-4, 5.70) was scheduled to take the mound against Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (10-7, 3.11).

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