Giancarlo Stanton joined the 400-homer club as the New York Yankees (69-69) picked up a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers (63-75) in the series opener on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, extending their win streak to four games.
It was a 1-1 game going into the bottom of the sixth inning when Stanton crushed a 451-foot two-run shot over the visitor’s bullpen, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Stanton became the fourth-fastest player in Major League history to hit 400 home runs (1,520 games), trailing Mark McGwire (1,412), Babe Ruth (1,475), and Alex Rodriguez (1,489).
DJ LeMahieu opened the scoring with a leadoff home run, his 15th of the season and seventh in the last 13 games. Gleyber Torres added a two-run double, while Jasson Domínguez doubled in his home debut.
Gerrit Cole tossed six innings of one-run ball, lowering his season ERA to an American League-best 2.90. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in 22 starts this season, the most in Major League Baseball.
Tommy Kahnle, Jonathan Loáisiga, and Clay Holmes turned in scoreless outings out of the bullpen.
The Yankees will try to win their third-straight series on Wednesday with Clarke Schmidt on the mound. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.