Price debuts, Avila homers in 12th

BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- David Price gave his new team a chance to win. Later, his catcher delivered the deciding stroke.

Price struck out 10 in his Detroit debut and was long gone when Alex Avila homered in the 12th inning to lift the Tigers over the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

"Happy it's over and happy we won," Price said. "Finally feel part of the team."

Price pitched 82⁄3 innings and left with the score 3-all.

The AL Central leaders got Price from Tampa Bay last Thursday in a three-team deal minutes before the trading deadline. The lefty ace got to keep his No. 14 -- center fielder Austin Jackson, who wore it with the Tigers, was sent to Seattle in the big swap.

Price leads the majors in strikeouts (199) and innings (179 1-3).

"He really looked exactly like he did in Tampa, except he had the Tiger uniform," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Bushy bearded Joba Chamberlain relieved Price, and the crowd booed the formerly clean-shaven Yankees reliever.

"I was a little worried about him being amped up, being in New York," Ausmus said.

Chamberlain got four outs without permitting a hit.

The Yankees are in the midst of facing Detroit's three Cy Young Award winners. They edged Max Scherzer on Monday, and will next see Justin Verlander on Wednesday night.

Avila homered with one out off Matt Daley (0-1).

Joakim Soria (2-4) got the win. Joe Nathan earned his 23rd save in 28 tries, retiring Chase Headley on a leadoff drive that was caught at the right-field wall.

"Two strikes, you know, you're not taking a full-blown normal swing. But, yeah, I felt I got enough of it that it had a chance. Unfortunately, it came up just short," Headley said.

This was the Yankees' 16th straight game decided by two or fewer runs, and they're 9-7 in that span. It's the longest such streak in the majors since a 16-game stretch by Baltimore in 1975, the team said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter exited with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Dellin Betances in the ninth. Hunter was listed as day-to-day.

"You always think the worst," he said, his hand bandaged. "I thought it was broke."

Brian McCann and Martin Prado hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who had won three in a row.

The Tigers tied it at 3 in the seventh, helped by some smart swinging by Victor Martinez. The cleanup man led off by hitting an easy grounder to the uncovered left side of the Yankees' overshifted infield for a single and scored on a two-out single by Avila.

Andrew Romine homered in the Detroit sixth.

PHILLIES 2, ASTROS 1, 15 innings

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard singled in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 15th inning to lift Philadelphia over Houston.

Patrick Henry grad Marc Krauss pinch hit for the Astros and struck out.

METS 6, NATIONALS 1

WASHINGTON -- Zack Wheeler allowed one run in 62/3 innings to win his fourth consecutive decision, and Daniel Murphy's two-run single helped the New York Mets beat NL East-leading Washington.

MARLINS 6, PIRATES 3

PITTSBURGH -- Adeiny Hechavarria had two hits and drove in a run during a decisive five-run rally in the eighth inning to help Miami beat Pittsburgh.

ORIOLES 9, BLUE JAYS 3

TORONTO -- Chris Davis homered and Caleb Joseph and Jonathan Schoop added back-to-back shots as Baltimore topped Toronto.

CARDINALS 3, RED SOX 2

ST. LOUIS -- Jon Jay hit an RBI single with two outs in the eighth inning to break a tie and led St. Louis over Boston.

RANGERS 16, WHITE SOX 0

CHICAGO -- Robinson Chirinos homered twice, and Colby Lewis pitched a six-hitter to lead Texas to a 16-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox, the largest shutout victory in Rangers' history.

TWINS 3, PADRES 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Kennys Vargas hit a three-run homer in his first home game for Minnesota, powering the Twins past Jesse Hahn and San Diego.

BREWERS 4, GIANTS 3

MILWAUKEE -- Gerardo Parra snapped a tie with a home run in the seventh -- his first hit since been acquired by the Brewers -- and Milwaukee recorded the final out of its victory against San Francisco when video replay overturned a safe call at first base.

MARINERS 4, BRAVES 2

SEATTLE -- Felix Hernandez allowed one run in eight innings, extending his major league record streak of games with at least seven innings and two or fewer runs to 15, and Seattle handed Atlanta its seventh straight loss.

ROYALS 12, DIAMONDBACKS 2

PHOENIX -- Billy Butler had a three-run homer among his four hits, Nori Aoki hit a grand slam, and Kansas City gave Danny Duffy rare run support by bashing Arizona.

CUBS 6, ROCKIES 5, 12 innings

DENVER -- Javier Baez homered in the 12th inning in his major league debut, and the Chicago Cubs beat Colorado.

Wellington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who have won four of five.

DODGERS 5, ANGELS 4

LOS ANGELES -- Juan Uribe scored on David Freese's errant throw to the plate in the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the Freeway Series with a 5-4 triumph over the Los Angeles Angels.

ATHLETICS 3, RAYS 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jason Hammel pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning to snap a four-start losing streak since being traded to Oakland, leading the Athletics past Tampa Bay.

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