Series: Game 3 of 4

New York leads 2-1 (as of 9/7)

Game 1: Thursday, September 5
Detroit 3Final
New York 9
Game 2: Friday, September 6
Detroit 1Final
New York 8
Game 3: Saturday, September 7
Detroit 2Final
New York 1
Game 4: Sunday, September 8
Detroit 4Final
New York 6

Tigers 2

(52-90, 21-50 away)

Yankees 1

(88-53, 44-25 home)

    4:05 PM ET, September 7, 2002

    Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

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    W: F. German (1-0)

    L: M. Mussina (16-9)

    S: J. Acevedo (28)

    Tigers end Yankees' four-game winning streak

    NEW YORK -- The Detroit Tigers were looking for a way to win at Yankee Stadium -- so they called in the Toledo Mud Hens.

    Omar Infante, one of nine players the Tigers brought up from their Triple-A team Saturday, lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning for his first major league hit to lift Detroit to a 2-1 victory over Mike Mussina and the New York Yankees.

    Eric Munson, also recalled earlier in the day, homered into the upper deck as the Tigers won for just the third time in 17 games.

    Franklyn German (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his big league debut.

    "We haven't won too often lately, so I have to talk about our guys,'' Detroit manager Luis Pujols said. "We beat a tough pitcher, yes, but I have to give credit to my guys. These guys have been winning in the minor leagues for the last two years. That's a good atmosphere to bring up here.''

    Toledo was eliminated from the International League playoffs Friday night.

    Alfonso Soriano got three hits, stole his 40th base and picked up his 90th RBI for the Yankees, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. New York's lead over Boston in the AL East was cut to 8½ games.

    Mussina (16-9) matched a season high with 10 strikeouts. He gave up two runs on five hits in eight innings, falling to 15-4 career against the Tigers.

    "Pitching well is only so gratifying,'' Mussina said. "Losing is not what we're all about out here.''

    Detroit snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Yankees dating to last year -- all at Yankee Stadium.

    Chris Truby reached on an infield single with one out in the eighth and went to second on catcher Jorge Posada's error on a wild pickoff attempt.

    Infante reached out and lined a 3-1 pitch into center, scoring Truby with the go-ahead run.

    Acquired from Oakland on July 6 in the three-team trade that sent pitcher Jeff Weaver to the Yankees, German retired Juan Rivera with two on to end the sixth and then worked a scoreless seventh.

    "It was exciting. I hear people talking about Yankee Stadium and the crowds, and you feel kind of moved,'' German said through a translator.

    Oscar Henriquez pitched a hitless eighth, getting Nick Johnson on a long fly to left with a runner on to end the inning.

    Juan Acevedo got three outs for his 28th save in 34 chances. After pinch-hitter John Vander Wal's leadoff double in the ninth, he retired Soriano and Derek Jeter, then fanned Jason Giambi to preserve the win.

    The Yankees stranded 11 runners.

    "You can only get so much information on guys that you've never seen before,'' New York manager Joe Torre said. "We had a couple of chances.''

    Brian Powell, who had lost six of his last seven starts, pitched well for the Tigers. He gave up one run and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking four.

    Munson hit a 2-2 pitch from Mussina into the upper deck in right field with two outs in the second inning. It was Munson's second home run in the big leagues, and first this season. The promising slugger was picked third overall out of Southern California in the 1999 draft.

    "It was pretty fun,'' Munson said. "My first at-bat, I still had a little bit of the jitters. That's pretty cool for me. That's something I don't do every day. I saw it hit up there. I was just trying to get around the bases as fast as I could, I didn't really know what to do.''

    That was the only hit allowed by Mussina until the seventh, when Damion Easley led off with a single. He went to second when left fielder Rivera bobbled the ball for an error, but Mussina escaped without any damage by striking out Bobby Higginson and Robert Fick.

    Soriano tied it with a two-out single in the fourth.

    Game notes

    Yankees pitcher David Wells lost two teeth and was punched in the head when he was attacked by a man waving a butter knife at a diner early Saturday, police said. Rocco Graziosa, 27, was arrested and charged with assault and menacing. Wells pitched a complete game Friday night as New York beat Detroit. ... The Tigers released pitchers Jose Lima and Jose Paniagua. ... Rivera started for the Yankees in place of slumping LF Rondell White, who has one hit in his last 26 at-bats and eight in his past 80. ... Soriano needs five homers to become the fourth 40-40 player in major league history. ... Detroit improved to 21-50 on the road this season.

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