Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Mark Teixeira had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Curtis Granderson went deep for a second straight night against his former team, as the New York Yankees beat Detroit, 9-5, in the third portion of a four-game series.
Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit consecutive homers off Jeremy Bonderman (6-9) in the opening inning and Granderson added another off the right-hander in the fifth, as the Yankees won their second in a row and remained in a tie with Tampa Bay atop the AL East.
Dustin Moseley (3-2) allowed five hits and four runs over five innings to get the win.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was out of the lineup a second straight night due to a strained left calf muscle.
Miguel Cabrera belted a pair of solo homers for the Tigers, who had a three- game winning streak broken in Tuesday's 6-2 loss. Cabrera has four homers in his last four games and 30 this year. It's the sixth time in his career he has hit 30 homers in a season.
Bonderman surrendered six hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over five frames to lose his third straight start. He fell to 3-9 lifetime against the Yankees.
"It's not good, it seems to be the way it's going for me lately," Bonderman said.
The game got a bit testy late when Cabrera was hit by a pitch from Chad Gaudin in the eighth inning. A pitch from Enrique Gonzalez said behind Derek Jeter in the bottom of the inning.
"Luckily I didn't get hit tonight," Teixeira said. "If you are part of it, if you are one of those who are getting plunked it's not fun. I've never been big on beanball wars. It's not baseball. Hopefully there won't be any more of that."
Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the first, and one out later Teixeira homered to right field. Cano followed by lining an 0-1 pitch over the wall in right.
Cabrera went deep leading off the second and clubbed No. 30 with two down in the fourth, but the Yankees widened the gap to 6-2 in the bottom half. Austin Kearns walked and Ramiro Pena, who started again at third base, tripled to center field. Gardner then doubled to center, and he scored later in the frame when the Tigers committed two errors on one play - by Cabrera and second baseman Ramon Santiago.
Don Kelly hit a two-run homer in the away fifth inning, but Granderson made it a 7-4 game with a shot over the wall in right.
The Yankees loaded the bases in the seventh, and Kearns roped a two-run double to left-center off Gonzalez.
The Tigers then filled the bases with nobody out in the eighth, but managed just one run after David Robertson entered the game. Brandon Inge lofted a sacrifice fly to left, and Alex Avila grounded into a force play at third and Kelly grounded back to the mound.
Game Notes: Bonderman has lost seven of his last eight decisions against the Yankees dating back to May 29, 2006. He has surrendered 18 home runs over his last 14 starts after he allowed just two home runs in his first nine outings (eight starts) of the season...Earlier Wednesday, the Tigers placed infielder Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list with a deep contusion in his left knee. The team also recalled infielder Will Rhymes from Triple-A Toledo...Tigers manager Jim Leyland was ejected in the eighth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Eric Cooper...Robertson wasn't charged with a run in the eighth inning. He has not allowed a run in his last 18 appearances...The triple was Pena's first extra-base hit since May 8, and only his second this season.