DETROIT (AP) — Luis Severino struck out 10 over eight innings to win his seventh straight decision, Austin Romine hit a three-run homer in a six-run fourth inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-4 Monday to extend their winning streak to five.
Gleyber Torres and Greg Bird also homered for the AL East-leading Yankees, who improved to a big league-best 38-17. New York is 21 games over .500 for just the second time since ending the 2012 season at 95-67; the Yankees were 91-70 last year before losing their regular-season finale.
Severino (9-1) allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits while walking none. He is 7-0 in 10 starts since losing at Boston on April 10.
Jonathan Holder allowed two unearned runs in the ninth, and Aroldis Chapman struck out Victor Martinez with a runner on second for his 14th save in 15 chances.
New York is 15-1 against the AL Central since mid-September.
Drew VerHagen (0-2) allowed seven runs, seven hits — including three homers — and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Detroit has lost two in a row following a four-game winning streak.
Torres, who made his big league debut on April 22, became the first Yankees player under 22 to hit 10 home runs in a season since Mickey Mantle from 1951-53.
Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double in the first, but Torres tied the game in the third when he became the fifth New York player to reach double digits in home runs this season; Jeimer Candelario leads the Tigers with nine.
Bird led off the fourth with his second homer, Miguel Andujar and Clint Frazier had RBI singles and Romine hit his fourth homer for a 7-1 lead.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone hopes there can be a schedule adjustment on July 8-9. New York is scheduled to play in Toronto at 8:05 p.m. on July 8, and last Thursday’s rainout at Baltimore was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader starting at 4:05 p.m. on July 9. “Hopefully it is something that gets worked out,” he said. “But I also know it’s way out of my hands and way out of my control.”
The Yankees were delayed briefly in Baltimore after a radar problem on their charter and arrived in Detroit at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. On May 17, the Yankees were forced to spend a night in Dulles International Airport outside Washington, D.C., after the plane had mechanical problems in bad weather. New York had another lengthy delay at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on May 24.
Yankees: Frazier was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to serve as New York’s 26th player in the doubleheader. He started the first game in left field.
Tigers: C John McCann sat out the first game after leaving Sunday’s game with an intercostal strain. McCann warmed up pitchers between innings and was hoping to play in the nightcap.
New York RHP Domingo German (0-3, 5.45) and Detroit RHP Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.45) were scheduled to start the night game.
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