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From duel to cruel

From duel to cruel
DETROIT -- A pitching duel turned into a quick, one-inning execution.

The New York Yankees could not touch Detroit Tigers starter Edwin Jackson, but scored 10 times against the bullpen when left fielder Josh Anderson's fielding error opened the gates Tuesday night in an 11-0 loss.

"Never in my life can I remember it being 0-0 after six innings and 10-0 after seven," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the second time a scoreless major league game was broken up by a double-digit inning in the seventh inning or later. Cincinnati scored 10 in the 13th inning of a 10-0 win at Brooklyn on May 15, 1919.

Jose Molina's grand slam off Brandon Lyon ended the big inning that yielded six hits by the Yankees. But reliever Ryan Perry was one simple catch and one strong throw to the plate from escaping the inning without scoring damage.

With runners on second and third and one out, pinch-hitter Jorge Posada hit a low, shallow fly ball to left. Anderson had no trouble coming in on the ball but froze before making a stab at it. The ball escaped him, and two runs scored.

"I lost it in the lights trying to get momentum off my throw," Anderson said. "I saw it the whole way and then hesitated to get that momentum, and it was diving to the ground.

"I hate it for our pitcher. Edwin Jackson threw a tremendous game. And I hate it for Perry. But I'm a grown man and I can handle mistakes. I'll learn from this mistake."

Leyland said: "I'd rather have over-aggressive there."

It was not certain whether Nick Swisher, who opened the inning with a single, would be sent from third base if Anderson had caught the ball. It was ruled a sacrifice fly for Posada and an error on Anderson to allow the second run to score.

It got nothing but ugly after that.

Perry walked Derek Jeter to load the bases, and Nate Robertson was called in from the bullpen. Johnny Damon greeted him with an RBI single before Mark Teixeira popped out.

Then, Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano had RBI singles before Swisher walked to load the bases.

Brandon Lyon was called in and walked in a run before serving up the grand slam to Molina.

Eight of the runs were unearned for the team, but some did count against individual pitchers because of an unusual scoring rule.

The bottom line was that a great start was wasted. Jackson pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out four.

"Things can happen real quick in this game," Jackson said. "But the game isn't about me. All I can do is go out and give my team a chance to win."

Jackson worked his way out of three two-out jams and finished his night by striking out the hot Cano on a full-count after Matsui tripled.

Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson got his glove on the ball and said he should have caught it. He did not call for it and said he could not hear converging right fielder Magglio Ordonez over the crowd.

"I got him on a slider, and that was a big out," Jackson said. "It was the sixth inning, and I was just trying to finish the game strong."

Jackson threw 117 pitches, and a 32-pitch fourth inning cost him a chance to go further in the game.

But Jackson did all he could and continued the outstanding starting pitching Detroit has received in the past four games. Starters have allowed two runs in 24 innings, and Armando Galarraga, Justin Verlander and Jackson are responsible for a string of 16 scoreless innings by starters.

"He's a warrior and had a tremendous confrontation with Cano," Leyland said. "He competes very well and went right after them. But Hughes was just as effective, if not more so."

Yankees pitching prospect Phil Hughes matched Jackson by pitching a shutout through six innings and got his first major league win. He gave up two singles and two walks, and New York pinned the first shutout of the season on Detroit.

Hughes, a top prospect, was 0-4 with a 6.62 ERA in the majors in 2008 and was recalled from Triple A to make his first start of the season with New York.

He survived a threat in the fourth inning when he hit Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen followed with a one-out single. Gerald Laird was safe on a fielder's choice before Brandon Inge walked to load the bases.

Anderson grounded out to second base to end the inning.

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