Just like Game 3 on Monday, the Tigers had a great opportunity to put some runs on the board in the first inning. A.J. Burnett was struggling with his control and walked Austin Jackson, Miguel Cabrera (intentionally) and Victor Martinez. Don Kelly came up with the bases loaded and two outs and hit a rocket to center field. Curtis Granderson initially misread it, but he recovered and made a leaping catch to get the Yankees out of the inning.
Rick Porcello was cruising through the first two innings, but he ran into some problems in the third. Jorge Posada was grazed by a pitch and given first base. He was the first base runner of the game for the Yankees, and one batter later Russell Martin also reached base by singling to center. Brett Gardner struck out, but Derek Jeter hit a ball over Jackson's head in center field. Both Posada and Martin scored, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Burnett recovered from his shaky start by retiring six straight batters. Delmon Young was walked with two outs in the third inning, but the Tigers weren't able to get anything out of it since Cabrera grounded out in the next at-bat.