January 29, 2023

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Yanks win 6th straight on Donaldson walk-off

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NEW YORK — Josh Donaldson connected for a game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning, helping to power the Yankees to a perfect homestand with a 5-4 victory over the Tigers on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees celebrated their sixth walk-off victory of the year, and their sixth consecutive winning homestand against the Angels (3-0) and Detroit (3-0). Facing Gregory Soto, Anthony Rizzo moved Judge to third base on an infield single, then stole second before Donaldson lifted a deep fly ball to left field.

Detroit briefly took the lead in the eighth on run-scoring hits by Miguel Cabrera and Javier Báez, an advantage reclaimed in the home half of the eighth as Rizzo stole second, advanced on an error and scored on Gleyber Torres’ slow tapper up the third-base line.

Joey Gallo put New York on the board in the fifth inning, connecting for his sixth homer of the year, a two-run shot to right field off Rony García. The blast was Gallo’s first since May 15. LeMahieu provided the Yanks with a lead in the seventh, trotting to first base on a four-pitch free pass from Alex Lange.

Jordan Montgomery started for New York and continued a string of solid performances from the Bombers’ rotation, limiting the Tigers to two runs and five hits over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision. Both Tigers runs off Montgomery scored in the fourth inning, on a Báez RBI double and a Daz Cameron RBI single that second baseman Gleyber Torres attempted to backhand.

Yankees starters have fired at least six innings in a season-high 10 consecutive starts.

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