DETROIT, May 2 (UPI) -- Nick Swisher's ninth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run Monday and the New York Yankees beat Detroit 5-3, handing the Tigers their seventh straight loss.
With the score tied 3-3, Mark Teixeira drew a one-out walk from Tigers reliever Jose Valverde (2-1) and went to second on an Alex Rodriguez single. Swisher then lined a hit to center field and Teixeira slid home under the tag, putting the Yanks ahead.
Rodriguez scored on Valverde's wild pitch and New York used Mariano Rivera's 11th save in the bottom of the frame to secure its fifth win in six games.
Joba Chamberlain (2-0) got credit for the victory with a scoreless eighth in relief of starter Bartolo Colon, who held the Tigers to three runs on seven hits over seven frames.
Alex Avila socked a pair of solo homers and Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI for Detroit.