DETROIT, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Curtis Granderson broke out of a slump Wednesday, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer to power the New York Yankees past Detroit 12-8.
Granderson was demoted from the Yankees' leadoff spot to sixth in the lineup after going 2-for-20 with six strikeouts, but the the New York center fielder turned it around Wednesday, driving in four runs overall.
Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez each contributed two RBI, while Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with a run-scoring single as the American League East-leading Yanks took their first win a four-game series.
CC Sabathia (12-3) struck out seven over 6 2/3 innings, extending his unbeaten streak to eight starts. The left-hander yielded five runs (three earned) on eight hits and walked one.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (1-2) was pounded for seven runs on seven hits, lasting only three full innings.
Omar Infante homered while Jeff Baker and Brennan Boesch each drove in two runs for second-place Detroit, which remained one-half game behind the American League Central-leading Chicago White Sox.