DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera drove in one of four runs in the fifth inning on a 4-for-4 day and the Detroit Tigers beat the New York Yankees 8-4 Saturday.
Max Scherzer (1-0) gave up four runs in five-plus innings to pick up the win in a shaky start, his first of the season.
Phil Hughes (0-1) allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits in four-plus innings on a day he was originally scheduled to make a rehabilitation start in the minors.
Darin Downs and Joaquin Benoit combined to pitch three scoreless innings to end the game for the Tigers.
Detroit led 5-1 after five innings. New York pulled within a run in the sixth, then let Detroit go ahead 7-4 in the home half.
The Tigers will play for a series sweep Sunday in a matchup of aces, Detroit’s Justin Verlander and New York’s CC Sabathia.
Prince Fielder, one of six Tigers to drive in a run, had two RBIs a day after a two-homer, five-RBI performance against the Yankees.
Jayson Nix, filling in for Derek Jeter’s injured backup, Eduardo Nunez, failed to field a routine grounder that allowed leadoff batter Austin Jackson to reach first. Jackson advanced to third on Cabrera’s single and scored on Fielder’s sacrifice fly.
Vernon Wells sent a 2-0 pitch into the left field seats in the second to make it 1-all. Torii Hunter kept it tied by throwing out Brennan Boesch — easily — on Francisco Cervelli’s fly to right.
Jackson hit his first of three singles in the four-run fifth in which Hunter, Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta each had an RBI.