DETROIT (AP) — Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez each homered off Justin Verlander, and Phil Hughes pitched a four-hitter to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Jeter homered on the first pitch of the game, and Rodriguez hit a long solo shot in the third inning. Hughes (5-5) didn’t need much support in throwing his first career complete game of nine innings — last Aug. 10 he went all six innings in a rain-shortened game against the White Sox.
Hughes struck out eight and walked three.
Verlander (5-4) allowed five runs — three earned — and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings. He’s now lost three straight starts for the first time since 2008.
Prince Fielder homered for the Tigers.
Jeter had two hits, and his homer gave him his 1,799th run, tying him with Ted Williams for 17th on the career list.