NEW YORK -- As the New York Yankees came back twice from two-run deficits earlier in the game, Alex Rodriguez was in the middle of both rallies.
In the ninth, he didn't have to do anything but wave his hands to make sure they didn't need another one in the Yankees' 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Rodriguez, who had three hits and a home run, frantically waved Derek Jeter in from third after Detroit reliever Brayan Villarreal threw his second wild pitch of the inning.
Jeter, who had walked with one out and moved to third on another wild pitch when Curtis Granderson walked, slid in just ahead of the tag.
Detroit lost its fifth straight game, and also had to deal with an off-the-field incident involving left fielder Delmon Young, who was arrested Friday in New York and wasn't in the lineup.
Russell Martin also homered for the Yankees, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Former Yankee Austin Jackson had four hits, two runs and two RBI for the Tigers.
The Yankees tied the game, 6-6, in the eighth with a pair of singles by Rodriguez and Robinson Cano and a sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira off reliever Joaquin Benoit.
Three Yankees relievers held the Tigers scoreless in the last three innings. Mariano Rivera, who hadn't pitched since April 23, pitched a perfect ninth with the score tied to even his record at 1-1.
Tigers starter Justin Verlander allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits in six innings in a no-decision.
Trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees closed within a run, thanks partially to Young's replacement in left, Don Kelly. After Nick Swisher doubled with two outs, Raul Ibanez hit a liner that went off Kelly's glove, allowing Swisher to score to make it 6-5.
The Tigers chased Nova in the sixth, scoring two runs on Jackson's double, which followed a double by Jhonny Peralta and a single by Ryan Rayburn. Boone Logan gave up a RBI single to Prince Fielder, which resulted in the sixth and final run charged to Nova as Detroit took a 6-4lead.
Nova tied his career-worst by allowing 11 hits, in 5 1/3 innings.
Martin gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead with a two-run homer to right-center in the fifth.
Rodriguez brought the Yankees within 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning with his solo homer to right field.
The Tigers were without Young, who issued a statement apologizing following his arrest early Friday morning in New York for a hate crime harassment charge, according to reports.
Young, who reportedly got into a fight after screaming anti-Semitic epithets outside a hotel, was replaced in left field by Kelly.
"I sincerely regret what happened last night," Young said in a statement, adding he was taking "this matter very seriously" and promising he would "do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player."
Tigers manager Jim Leyland did not comment and general manager Dave Dombrowski was expected to speak to reporters sometime Friday night.
Young reportedly appeared at a bond hearing in Manhattan late Friday afternoon and was not seen at the ballpark by reporters before the game.
His replacement, Kelly, helped the Tigers score their first run in the second inning when they tied the game 1-1. Kelly walked and scored on a triple by DH Brad Eldred, who had been called up to replace Brandon Inge following Inge's release.
The run countered the Yankees' run in the first, when Rodriguez singled in Curtis Granderson, who had doubled.
Detroit added two more runs in the third off Nova, with four straight singles from the top of the lineup. Miguel Cabrera made it 2-1 with the 1,000th RBI of his career and Prince Fielder extended the lead to 3-1 with another RBI single.
Nova escaped further trouble by striking out Kelly and Eldred before getting Alex Avila on a ground ball.
NOTES: The Yankees had a moment of silence before the game for former 1B Bill "Moose" Skowron, who died early Friday morning in Illinois from lung cancer at 81. "It's too bad, "Derek Jeter said of Skowron, a Yankees fan favorite who played in the 1950s and '60s. "Moose is one of the guys you always look forward to seeing, whether it was here, Old-Timers' Day, in Chicago; he used to always come out when we played in Chicago. "I enjoyed getting to know him throughout the years." ... RHP Joba Chamberlain, who sustained a severe ankle dislocation in a trampoline accident while playing with his son during spring training, was at Yankee Stadium for the first time this season. Chamberlain, who was already rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, had lost some weight and said he was optimistic he could return this year. ... Manager Joe Girardi was ejected in the bottom of the seventh by home-plate umpire Joe West for arguing from the bench. It was his 18th career ejection, 15th as a manager. ... LHP Andy Pettitte is scheduled to throw about 95 pitches for Class AA Trenton (N.J.) on Monday in his next step toward returning to the majors, Girardi said. ... Rodriguez's home run in the fourth was his 288th as a Yankee, passing Bernie Williams for sole possession of sixth place on the team's all-time list. ... Tigers LHP Duane Below will start Monday in place of demoted LHP Adam Wilk, after throwing 12 scoreless innings in relief this year, Leyland said.