Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/6/12

DETROIT -- Justin Verlander equaled his career high in strikeouts, and everyone in the Detroit Tigers lineup contributed to their fifth consecutive victory.

Verlander struck out 14 New York Yankees in eight innings while Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera hit solo homers as the Tigers won their ninth straight home game 7-2 on Monday.

Detroit got at least one hit from all of its starters and an RBI from seven players in the opener of a four-game series against the American League Eastern Division leaders.

Verlander, who threw 132 pitches, also had 14 strikeouts against Arizona on June 25, 2011. The only other time Verlander reached double digits in strikeouts this season was against Pittsburgh on May 18, when he recorded 12. He had given up nine runs -- seven earned -- in 12 innings over his last two games.

Jim Bunning was the last Tigers pitcher to notch 14 strikeouts against the Yankees, doing it on June 20, 1958.

Ichiro Suzuki's 12-game hitting streak to start his Yankees career was snapped. He struck out three times against Verlander, as did Curtis Granderson and Mark Texeira.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi left Suzuki's Gold Glove on the bench, opting to give Suzuki a break from the field.

"I just thought today was a good day to DH him because we're in the midst of 20 in a row," said Girardi, referring to a stretch of 20 consecutive games without an off-day that began Friday.

Fielder led off the second inning with his 19th homer this season into the right-field stands. Cabrera, who has 14 career homers in 37 games against New York, increased the lead to 2-0 by blasting an 0-2 pitch over the centerfield wall in the fourth. It traveled an estimated 454 feet. He also hit a game-winning two-run homer Sunday, capping an improbable five-run, two-out rally in the 10th inning against Cleveland.

"That's got to be one of the greatest comebacks in the history of the Tigers," manager Jim Leyland said of the Sunday victory over the Indians.

Verlander (12-7) gave up two unearned runs in the fifth but had no one to blame but himself. He dropped a throw by first baseman Fielder on a Granderson grounder, extending the inning. Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano followed with two-out, run-scoring singles to tie the game, 2-2.

The Tigers quickly regained the lead for good with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the fifth. Omar Infante and Austin Jackson had RBI singles, and Andy Dirks added a sacrifice fly against struggling Yankees starter Ivan Nova (10-6), who gave up seven runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Nova exited the next inning after giving up three consecutive singles, including Alex Avila's run-scoring hit.

Nova has just one win in his last nine outings, including four losses and four no-decisions. He gave up a season-high nine runs to Baltimore in his last appearance.

Jhonny Peralta added an RBI single against reliever Joba Chamberlain later in the fifth for a 7-2 Tigers lead.

NOTES: Infielder Jeff Baker, acquired by the Tigers in a trade with the Chicago Cubs Sunday, was in uniform. "It's kind of the 'Get out of jail free' card, to come and play for a contender and be in the pennant race," Baker said. "It's why you play baseball." ... Verlander set New York down in order during the first inning. The Yankees had scored in the first inning the last five times they faced Verlander.

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