NEW YORK -- Although he went 0-for-4 and saw his 15-game hitting streak come to an end, Derek Jeter played a pivitol role in the Yankees' 7-6 win over the Tigers on Friday night.
After walking with one out in the ninth, he took second on Curtis Granderson's free pass and advanced to third on Brayan Villarreal's wild pitch. With Alex Rodriguez at the plate, Jeter scampered home with the game-winning run on Alex Avila's passed ball.
"As much as I'd like to say that was great baserunning tonight, basically all I had to do is run," Jeter said. "But that's how you win games sometimes; being aggressive. We caught a break."
Prior to the game, the Yankees captain wasn't thinking about his hitting accomplishments.
"You have good swings, you get hits sometimes, sometimes you don't," Jeter said. "That's the extent of it. I don't like to think about it, therefore I don't like to talk about it. If you talk about it, you think about it."
Jeter entered play on Friday having batted .456 (31-for-68) with four homers and 13 RBIs over the 15-game stretch since April 9, tied for the longest hitting streak in the American League this year.
The shortstop also leads the Major Leagues with 34 hits, and he boils down his success to simply staying back on the ball more -- something he struggled to do in 2010 and for the early part of '11 before his calf injury.
"You're pleased, but I don't think I'm any different today than I was a month ago," Jeter said. "I'm still the same regardless. Obviously you're pleased with the results, but I don't do back flips when I get a hit, you know what I mean? I try to have the same approach every day."