The New York Yankees won consecutive games for the first time in four weeks, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Tuesday as Gleyber Torres homered for the second night in a row.
Kyle Higashioka and Anthony Volpe also homered for the Yankees, who had not won back-to-back games since Aug, 2 against Tampa Bay and the next day against Houston. In defeating the Tigers in the first two games of a four-game series, New York won consecutive road games for the first time since June 28 and 29 at major league-worst Oakland.
Last-place New York (64-68), in danger of ending its streak of 30 consecutive winning seasons, has two chances against the Tigers to end its run of 10 winless series since a three-game sweep of Kansas City from July 21-23.
Detroit (59-73) has lost four straight.
Michael King made his second straight start, allowing three hits in four scoreless innings while throwing a season-high 61 pitches. Jhony Brito (5-6) followed and gave up two hits in 3 1/3 shutout innings.
Clay Holmes gave up Parker Meadows’ two-run single in the ninth. Holmes has allowed runs in five of his last six appearances, raising his ERA to 3.42 from 2.01.
New York has 17 homers in its last seven games.
Torres hit his 22nd homer in the first inning and Higashioka his 10th in the fifth. Both were off Tarik Skubal (3-3), who allowed three runs — two earned — and four hits in six innings. Skubal matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
Torres’ home run went 454 feet, the longest of his major league career. He has four homers in his last nine games.
Carson Kelly’s run-scoring passed ball gave New York a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Volpe homered in the ninth against Garrett Hill, giving the rookie 19 home runs to go along with 20 stole bases.
Detroit said its Oct. 1 season finale against Cleveland has sold out. That is expected to be Miguel Cabrera’s final major league game.
Yankees ace RHP Gerrit Cole (11-4, 2.95) is scheduled to start on Wednesday night against a Tigers opener and LHP Joey Wentz (2-10, 6.62).