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Yankees Top Tigers, 6-2

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - CC Sabathia struck out nine over seven strong innings to pick up his American League-leading 16th win, as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers, 6-2, in the second contest of a four-game series.

Robinson Cano and former Tiger Curtis Granderson each hit a solo homer for the Yankees, who had scored a total of one run over their last two games, both defeats.

Nick Swisher added a two-run single for New York, which played without starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez. He had an MRI on Tuesday and was diagnosed with a low grade strain of his left calf.

Sabathia (16-5) allowed five hits and two runs, while walking three batters. The powerful southpaw won his third straight start.

Justin Verlander (13-8) was charged with five hits and three runs over five innings and lost for the third time in his last four decisions.

Austin Jackson homered on the first pitch of the game and Brandon Inge also went deep off Sabathia, but the Tigers had their three-game winning streak snapped.