The Yankees took two of three in Detroit as Phil Hughes twirled a four-hit complete game in New York's 5-1 win Sunday.
After the Detroit home run, Huhges settled in, setting down 15 of the final 18 batters he faced, never allowing a runner past first base. The only Tiger to reach second for the game, besides Fielder, was Miguel Cabrera, who walked with two down in the first inning and advanced on a passed ball.
It was the second complete game for Hughes in his seven year career with the Yankees. The win kept New York 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay, who took sole possession of first place in the AL East with an 8-4 win over Baltimore.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered and was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs to pace the Mets offensively. New York will be looking for the sweep of their four-game series when they host the Cardinals at 1:10 pm EDT Monday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets have outscored St. Louis 19-1 in the first three games.
The Cardinals have lost five straight and have fallen into third place in the Central, 3 1/2 games back of Cincinnati.