Same old story: Rivera blows save, Yanks win anyway

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Updated: August 11, 2013

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – While Mariano Rivera continues to struggle, Brett
Gardner keeps picking his teammate up.

Gardner’s solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted
the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers, a game in which
Rivera blew a third consecutive save opportunity.

One of those failures came in Friday’s opener of this three-game set, when
Miguel Cabrera socked a game-tying two-run homer off Rivera (3-2) in the ninth
inning. Two days later, the legendary closer surrendered a pair of solo
shots — one to Cabrera and one to Victor Martinez — in the top of the ninth
to squander a 4-2 Yankee lead.

Gardner also had the deciding hit, an RBI single in the 10th inning, in
Friday’s 4-3 verdict over Detroit.

Alex Rodriguez came through with two big hits, a solo home run and an RBI
single, in by far the Yankee slugger’s most productive game returning from
offseason hip surgery earlier in the week. Alfonso Soriano also homered for
New York — his 2,000th career hit.

Martinez finished 3-for-5 and Brayan Pena also collected three hits, including
a solo homer, but the Tigers lost a series for the first time since dropping
two of three at Kansas City from July 19-21. Detroit had won 13 of 14 entering
Sunday’s matchup.