DETROIT -- Austin Jackson singled three times and scored three runs on Saturday and defending Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera drove in a run for the fifth straight game to lead the Detroit Tigers to an 8-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
Max Scherzer allowed a run in five innings before weakening in the sixth, giving Detroit its fifth straight start of at least five innings.
Torii Hunter had three hits, scoring twice and driving in a run, and Cabrera reached base all five times he batted (three singles, double, walk).
An overruled call at first base in the sixth played a big part in the game. Two walks plus an RBI single by Travis Hafner chased Scherzer, then a walk off Al Alburquerque loaded the bases.
Former Tiger Brennan Boesch smoked a liner that Prince Fielder caught, then ran to first in an attempt to double off Vernon Wells. First base umpire Brian O'Nora signaled safe and a surprised Prince called for time in the middle of the diamond. Home plate umpire Jerry Layne reversed the call after a short conference, a decision that seemed to be upheld by replays.
Francisco Cervelli then walked and Lyle Overbay grounded a two-run single to right, drawing New York to a 5-4 deficit, before Lance Nix grounded into an inning-ending forceout.
Singles by Jackson and Hunter plus an RBI forceout by Cabrera and an RBI single by Andy Dirks in the bottom of the sixth pushed the margin back to 7-4.
The Tigers took a 5-1 lead, chasing starter Phil Hughes in the fifth. Hunter doubled in a run and scored on a ground single up the middle by Cabrera, who now has an RBI in all five games this season. Victor Martinez hit a sacrifice fly and Jhonny Peralta had an RBI single.
New York managed just one run in the second from a home run, triple and double -- because of a double play.
Wells' leadoff home run, his second homer of the season, enabled the Yankees to tie the score 1-1 and offset an unearned by the Tigers in the first.
Then Boesch tripled to right -- a ball that glanced off Hunter's glove as he reached the wall -- and was thrown out at home trying to score on a fly ball to Hunter. Overbay doubled but was stranded when Nix was called out on a 1-and-2 slider.
Jackson reached first on an error by Nix, playing short in place of injured Eduardo Nunez, in the first. He went to third on a one-out single by Cabrera and scored on Fielder's sacrifice fly to center.
A sacrifice fly by Dirks off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth accounted for Detroit's final run.
NOTES: Detroit catcher Alex Avila could have left the game at any time Saturday, his wife in a local hospital awaiting the birth of their first child, a daughter. He took his wife to the hospital after Friday's 8-3 win over the New York Yankees and a labor induction was hoped for. Manager Jim Leyland scheduled Sunday off for Avila, with catcher Brayan Pena starting in his place. ... Starter Hughes (upper back) was taken off the disabled list Saturday by New York to start against Detroit. Right-hander Cody Eppley was optioned to the minors to create a spot on the 25-man roster. Eppley appeared in two games, allowing four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Right-hander David Phelps was scheduled to start Saturday. "We don't really have a long guy if we start Phelpsie," manager Joe Girardi said. "We wanted (Hughes) to make one more (rehab) start -- but he'll make it here." ... Leyland said he'll start infielder Ramon Santiago for a second straight game Sunday, moving him from second to short, with left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo making his first start in a Detroit uniform in the same game against Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia. "I don't like them to sit on the bench too long," Leyland said of using his reserves. "That goes against what you have a 25-man roster for." ... Nunez was not in Saturday's starting New York lineup and might not play Sunday either after suffering a bruised right biceps when hit Friday by a pitch thrown by right-hander Doug Fister. "He'll be a couple of days," Girardi said. Nunez said he didn't even try to throw Saturday, his arm was so sore. "I'll try (Sunday)," he said. "I thought it was broken. I think I was lucky." ... Detroit did not intend to place Avila on the three-day Paternity Leave list when his wife gave birth. ... The Tigers are off Monday before hosting Toronto in a three-game series. That meant Don Kelly would be the backup catcher to starter Pena.