NEW YORK -- A Tigers starter kept the Yankees' lineup quiet for the second game in a row as Jordan Zimmermann tossed seven shutdown innings in Detroit's 2-0 win on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.
Zimmermann was hitting his spots for much of the afternoon, and the Yankees' only real scoring chances came in the third and in the sixth innings. He was removed after the seventh inning due to the second rain delay of the day. Play resumed at 8:01 p.m. ET after a three-hour and 11-minute delay, which Yankees right-hander Dellin Betances followed with the sixth immaculate inning in franchise history.
"I had good command of all four pitches," Zimmermann said. "The only real trouble I'm having is throwing up and in to lefties. But for the most part, I was able to command all my pitches and throw strikes and let the guys behind me work."
Judge led off the sixth with a single, and Sanchez followed with a double. Zimmermann, however, got the hot-hitting Didi Gregorius and the slumping Matt Holliday to pop out. Chase Headley struck out to end the threat.
"We're not doing our job when we're getting some opportunities to score, and that was the difference in the game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Right now, we're not swinging the bats. It's not just one guy. It's more than one guy, and we've got to get it going."
The Tigers scored a run off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning when Justin Upton doubled down the left-field line with runners on first and second and nobody out. The ball wasn't hit particularly well -- it had just a 7 percent hit probability, according to Statcast™ -- but it nonetheless gave Detroit the early lead.
The Tigers' second run came in the fourth inning, when Ellsbury twice bobbled James McCann's single to center field, allowing a hustling Mikie Mahtook to score all the way from first on the play.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Striking first: The first three Tigers batters recorded hits on the first five pitches they saw from Tanaka, giving them a 1-0 lead on Upton's double. However, Tanaka found his form and retired the next three hitters to avoid further trouble.
Buckling down: Clinging to a 2-0 lead, Zimmermann escaped a no-out jam with two runners in scoring position unscathed. After two popouts, Zimmermann took advantage of home-plate umpire Dan Bellino's generous outside corner for strike two to Headley before fanning him on a changeup to retire the side.
"I think you've just got to find the ways to get situational hitting, whether it's hitting a ground ball or a sac fly," Headley said. "As a group, we haven't done that well lately. Quite frankly, that's probably cost us at least a game, maybe two games."
"Have as much fun as possible. Talk to teammates. We entertained ourselves for about an hour with a sock today. Had a lot of fun and then we went out there and got a W." -- Shane Greene, on how the Tigers passed the time during the rain delays
Just before the game went into the second delay, Gardner was ruled safe at first on a grounder to first baseman Miguel Cabrera with two outs in the seventh. The Tigers challenged and the call was overturned, as the throw from Cabrera to Zimmermann was ruled to have beat Gardner, sliding headfirst, to the bag.
WHAT'S NEXT Tigers: Detroit's three-city road trip continues Thursday in Baltimore, where Matthew Boyd (5-5, 5.30 ERA) tries to continue his recent roll to open a four-game series against the Orioles with a 7:05 p.m. ET game at Camden Yards. Boyd is 3-0 with three quality starts in as many outings since rejoining the Tigers' rotation.
Yankees:Sonny Gray will make his Yankees debut as they head to Cleveland to face the Indians in a four-game series beginning on Thursday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Gray brings a 6-5 record and a 3.43 ERA to New York.