Tigers’ Magglio Ordonez celebrates his two-run home run in the sixth inning in Detroit on Monday. Standing beside him is Yankees catcher Jose MolinaAP photo
DETROIT — Justin Verlander and Magglio Ordonez kept the Detroit Tigers rolling, and the New York Yankees slumping.
Verlander had a season-high nine strikeouts and Ordonez hit a two-run homer off CC Sabathia to lead the Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Yankees on Monday night.
The Central Division-leading Tigers have won three straight, matching a season high.
New York has lost a season-high four in a row, equaling the most consecutive losses it had last season.
Verlander (1-2) pitched seven-plus scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and no walks and resembled the rising star he was in his first two seasons, not the pitcher who struggled last year and in his first four starts this season.
Sabathia (1-2) gave up four runs on six hits in another disappointing performance for the pitcher the Yankees gave a $161 million, seven-year contract last winter. He did, though, pitch his 27th career complete game and first with the Yankees. He pitched 10 last year with Cleveland and Milwaukee.
Detroit got to Sabathia right away with two hits in the first inning, including Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single.
CLEVELAND — Jason Bay took another star closer deep.
The Boston outfielder hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Cleveland’s Kerry Wood to give the Red Sox their 11th straight win.
Bay fell behind 0-1 before pulling a 99-mph fastball from Wood (0-1) into the left-field seats as Boston extended its longest winning streak since 2006.
Bay’s third hit sent the Red Sox to another drama-filled win. They were coming off an emotional three-game sweep at Fenway Park over the rival New York Yankees, a series that began with Bay connecting for a two-run, two-out homer in the ninth off Mariano Rivera.
In his last four games, Bay has nine hits with two homers and nine RBI.
Cleveland’s Cy Young winner Cliff Lee and Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield matched strikes and zeros for seven innings.
BALTIMORE — Michael Young homered, David Murphy broke a tie with a two-run single in the sixth inning and Texas rallied to beat Baltimore.
Matt Harrison (1-2) gave up four runs in the first two innings, then retired 16 straight batters before Robert Andino hit a two-out single in the seventh. The left-hander allowed seven hits in seven innings to earn his first win in four starts.
Texas trailed 4-0 after the second before coming back against starter Jeremy Guthrie and Matt Albers (0-1). The Rangers took three of four from the Orioles to hand Baltimore its first home series loss.
Texas got its first run back in the fourth when Hank Blalock doubled and scored on a single by Marlon Byrd. Young hit his sixth homer in the fifth after Murphy hit a two-out single.
The Rangers then took the lead against Albers with a three-run sixth. Blalock singled and Chris Davis walked before Taylor Teagarden hit an RBI single. Ian Kinsler drew a two-out walk before Murphy lined a single to center.
CHICAGO — The scheduled game between the Seattle Mariners and Chicago White Sox has been postponed because of rain.
It will be made up today as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:05 p.m.
John Danks had been slated to start Monday night for the White Sox against Seattle’s Chris Jakubauskas.