NEW YORK — Shane Greene capped a series of fine starting pitching, working into the ninth inning and then watching closer David Robertson get pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera to ground into a double play as the New York Yankees edged the Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Thursday.
Robertson relieved after Ian Kinsler led off the ninth with a single, and he walked Victor Martinez. Robertson came back to induce Cabrera to bounce into a double play and got Don Kelly to softly line out to shortstop with a runner on third for his 31st save and New York’s fifth win in six games.
Stephen Drew’s RBI ground-rule double was the only extra-base hit in a game dominated by Greene and fellow 25-year-old starter Rick Porcello.
The Yankees took two of three in games started by the Tigers’ Cy Young Award winners with spectacular efforts from their rotation. New York’s rookie followed up by pitching the best game of them all against the AL Central leaders.
Greene (3-1) gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five while pitching into the ninth inning for the first time in his career.
Greene didn’t permit a runner past second until Ezequiel Carrera advanced to third on Kinsler’s single in the sixth. The right-hander got out of it with his second double play.
Overall, Yankees starters yielded three earned runs in 27 1-3 innings to the Tigers’ six runs in 29 2-3 innings. Max Scherzer, David Price and Justin Verlander — the last three AL Cy Young Award winners — started the previous three games.
Porcello (13-6) gave up nine hits in seven innings and struck out five. The Yankees loaded the bases in the seventh but the New Jersey-born Porcello got Martin Prado to ground his 110th pitch to shortstop Andrew Romine.
The Yankees gave Greene all the support he needed in the fourth. Carlos Beltran and Chase Headley singled before two-out Drew’s drive bounced just inside the line in left field and hopped into the stands.
Tigers: Right fielder Torii Hunter’s left hand was still swollen and he was unable to play for a second straight game. He was hit by a pitch Tuesday night. ... Cabrera was not in the starting lineup for the second time this season. He was 1 for 10 in the four-game series.
Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira didn’t play, a day after getting stitches in his left pinkie after he was spiked while sliding home Wednesday night. Manager Joe Girardi said Teixeira is day to day. ... Ace Masahiro Tanaka played catch again. “He’s got to get built up to 120 feet,” Girardi said of the step needed for Tanaka to throw a bullpen. “I think he was 60-90 today.”
Brewers 3, Giants 1
MILWAUKEE — Wily Peralta became the first 14-game winner in the majors this season, earning his fifth straight victory and pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 3-1 on Thursday.
Peralta (14-6) struck out a career-high nine in 6 2-3 innings. He gave up seven hits and walked one.
Peralta began the day tied for wins with four pitchers in the NL and two in the AL.
After escaping a first-inning jam, Peralta threw effectively until the seventh. He left with two outs and two on, and Jeremy Jeffress retired Hunter Pence on a fly ball to preserve a 3-1 lead.
Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 34th save.
Jake Peavy (0-3) gave up three runs in 5 2-3 innings in his third start since being acquired from Boston.
Nats 5, Mets 3
WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted Washington past the New York Mets 5-3 Thursday and gave the Nationals a season-high 4 1/2-game lead in the NL East.
The Nationals take that margin over the reeling second-place Braves into a three-game series that opens Friday at Atlanta. The Braves were off Thursday after an 0-8 road trip against the Dodgers, Padres and Mariners.
Harper’s shot to left on a 1-0 pitch off righty Carlos Torres (5-5) after Ian Desmond’s leadoff walk was only the fourth homer of an injury-plagued season for the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year.
It was the second game-winning homer of Harper’s career. The other came July 25, 2013, against Pittsburgh.
Cubs 6, Rockies 2
DENVER — Rookie Javier Baez hit two more homers and drove in four runs Thursday, leading the Chicago Cubs over the Colorado Rockies 6-2.
The Cubs’ 21-year-old prized prospect also singled to back rookie Kyle Hendricks (3-1).
Baez homered in his major league debut Tuesday, delivering a game-deciding shot in the 12th inning at Coors Field.
Baez led off the sixth inning with a shot down the left-field line against starter Yohan Flande (0-4). Baez hit a two-run shot off reliever Juan Nicasio into the Colorado bullpen in right in the eighth.
Castro followed Baez’s shot in the sixth with his 12th home run. It was the fourth time this season Chicago has hit back-to-back homers.
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