NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson hit a 10th-inning sacrifice fly, and the New York Yankees came from behind twice to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 to reach the one-third mark of the season at 39-15, the best in the major leagues in 21 years.
Joey Gallo‘s two-run homer in the fifth off overcame an early deficit and the Yankees won for the 10th time in 12 games, completing a three-game sweep of the Tigers and extending their winning streak to six. Their 39-15 record is the winngest after the season’s first third since the 2001 Seattle Mariners were 42-12.
Anthony Rizzo tied the score 4-4 in the eighth after he was hit near the left knee by a bounced pitch, stole second and continued to third when second baseman Jonathan Schoop allowed the ball to bounce off his glove for an error. Rizzo slid home when third Harold Castro‘s high throw on Gleyber Torres‘ RBI grounder glanced off Eric Haase‘s mitt for another error.
With Aaron Judge as the automatic runner in the 10th, Rizzo reached on an infield single off off Gregory Soto (2-3) that Schoop knocked down on the right side of second. Donaldson followed with a drive to the left-field warning track for his 13th big league walkoff, the his second this year and the Yankees’ sixth.
Michael King (3-1) struck out the side in the 10th.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. New York ended a streak of five straight games allowing one run or fewer, its most since six in a row from Sept. 24-30, 1978.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera had his 245th game of three hits or more and reached four times. His tying single off Miguel Castro in a two-run eighth was his 3,036th hit. Pinch- runner Kody Clemens – son of Roger – scored on Javier Baez‘s single under Rizzo’s glove at first for a 4-3 lead.
Baez hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Daz Cameron as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
Detroit starter Rony García allowed Gallo’s homer over four innings against the team who left him unprotected in the 2019 winter meeting draft.
Aaron Hicks was 0 for 2 with runners in scoring position, dropping to 4 for 35 RISP this year. … Gallo, hitting .176, was booed when he took a called third strike with the bases loaded in the seventh.
Tigers: 3B Jeimer Candelario (left shoulder) left in the second after trying to make a diving catch on Donaldson’s double. . LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (sprained left ribcage) threw a bullpen session and could begin a rehab stint with Triple-A Toledo later this week. . OF Austin Meadows (vertigo) homered in a rehab game for Toledo and could return Tuesday. Meadows has been on the IL since May 16. RHP Tyler Alexander (sprained left elbow) pitched two innings in Triple-A Toledo. OF Robbie Grossman (strained neck) could start a rehab assignment.
Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (right shoulder inflammation) is to throw off flat ground for the first time Monday. LHP Zack Britton (elbow) threw his first bullpen session at Tampa, Florida, since Tommy John surgery last Sept. 9.
Tigers: LHP Tarik Skubal (4-2, 2.15 ERA) opens a three-game series against Pittsburgh LHP Jose Quintana (1-2, 2.32) in Detroit.
Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon (6-1, 2.30), who retired the first 21 hitters against the Angels, opens a three-game series at Minnesota.