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MLB: N.Y. Yankees 6, Detroit 1

By MIKE RABUN   |   Aug. 17, 2007 at 11:41 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- Andy Pettitte gave up five hits and a run through eight innings Friday night as the New York Yankees downed Detroit, 6-1.

Pettitte (10-7) won his fourth straight start in a game that was delayed by rain for 75 minutes prior to the first pitch.

Jason Giambi hit two solo homers to help the Yankees end a three-game losing streak. Bobby Abreu and Andy Phillips each had three hits, as the Yankees moved within five games of division-leading Boston in the American League East.

Nate Robertson (7-10) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on 10 hits in six innings.

Detroit slipped into second place in the American League Central, a half game behind Cleveland.

Giambi's first homer came as he led off the fourth, giving the Yankees a 3-1 lead. He added a long shot to right in the eighth.

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