Tarik Skubal leads Detroit Tigers to Sunday win, 6-2, over New York Yankees and rare series sweep


Associated Press

DETROIT — Rookie Tarik Skubal pitched six shutout innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat New York 6-2 Sunday for their first home series sweep of the Yankees in 21 years.

“We’ve been picking things up for a couple weeks now, but it is still great to see this group go out and sweep a team like the Yankees,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “That’s a massive momentum boost heading into a road trip.”

New York was outscored 15-5 with 36 strikeouts during the series and went 1 for 25 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Gleyber Torres had two errors and third baseman Gio Urshela one that contributed to a four-run third inning and a 6-0 lead for Detroit (22-31).

Michael King allowed four runs — two earned — three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings in an erratic audition to replace injured Corey Kluber in the rotation that was no better than Deivi Garcia’s on Saturday.

New York loaded the bases with two out in the ninth, but Michael Fulmer struck out Aaron Judge, the 12th strikeout by Tigers pitching.

Skubal (2-7) allowed three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts in his third big league win. Skubal became the first Tigers rookie to strike out at least eight batters in three straight starts.

Nomar Mazara hit a two-run double in the bottom half of the first, with Miguel Cabrera running through a stop sign to score on an off-line throw by left fielder Clint Frazier.