Chapman, Yankees hold off Tigers in 9th

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DETROIT, MI - JUNE 2: Chase Headley #12 of the New York Yankees dives into home plate to score against the Detroit Tigers on a single by Rob Refsnyder of the New York Yankees as third base coach Joe Espada #53 of the New York Yankees looks on during the seventh inning at Comerica Park on June 2, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

DETROIT (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman pitched out of his own bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth inning, helped by a slick double play and New York held off the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday night.

After scoring against relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, Detroit was down 5-3 going into the ninth. The Tigers quickly loaded the bases against Chapman on a single, a walk and a bunt single.

Shortstop Didi Gregorius then scampered up the middle to field a hard grounder by J.D. Martinez and made a glove flip to second baseman Starlin Castro, who caught the ball with his bare hand and let go a strong, off-balance relay. A run scored on the play, with the potential tying run moving to third.

The Yankees chose to pitch to Tigers star Miguel Cabrera, and Chapman retired him on a routine grounder for his eighth save.

Jacoby Ellsbury drove in three runs for the Yankees in a makeup game from a rainout on April 10. New York had lost three straight.

 

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