Gardner Lifts Yankees Over Tigers 5-4

Robert Rogers/ MLB Photos via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  Brett Gardner has done it again.

He launched a solo home run off Jose Veras in the ninth inning, and the Yankees held on to top the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday.

Gardner delieved his second game-winning hit in the past three games, providing a much-needed spark to a struggling offense.

Mariano Rivera (3-2) came on to pitch the ninth inning, but game up two solo home runs to Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, blowing his third-straight save for the first time in his illustrious career.  He picked up the victory thanks to Gardner.

"There’s always a first time," Rivera said. "I don’t pay attention to that stuff. Just go out there and do my job. The last three opportunities, I haven’t done it. You have to continue battling."

Alex Rodriguez had a productive day, going 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs.  He hit his 648th-career homer off of Tigers ace Justin Verlander in the third inning.

Alfonso Soriano hit a solo home run in the 4th inning for his 2,000th-career hit.  The Yankees took two of three games from the Tigers this weekend, winning their first series since July 5-7.

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