Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/9/12

DETROIT -- Joe Girardi got incensed over a bloop. A couple of blasts by his team made up for it.

Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez homered off Detroit Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit on consecutive eighth-inning pitches, propelling the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory at Comerica Park Thursday. The Yankees, who won their second straight after dropping the first two games of the series, have a major-league leading 172 homers this season.

Alex Avila had a two-run homer for Detroit, which dropped one game behind the American League Central Division-leading Chicago White Sox. The game was delayed 29 minutes by rain.

Girardi, the Yankees manager, was ejected in the fifth inning after arguing a controversial call on an RBI double by Detroit's Andy Dirks. Third-base umpire Tim Welke initially ruled the bloop foul, then changed his call. The ball bounced past left fielder Raul Ibanez, ensuring that Quintin Berry would score from first. That gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead that lasted until the Yankees asserted their power three innings later.

"It changes the complexion of the game. I'm going to get a fine for them making a mistake and that's frustrating to me," said Girardi, whose two other ejections this season also came against the Tigers. "These are important games and when an umpire clearly makes a wrong call and it costs us, what do you think, I'm going to sit on my hands? C'mon. I'm going to fight for my guys. It's just unfortunate. I know he didn't try to make a mistake but he did."

Girardi felt that Welke should have called a ground-rule double and put Berry back at third base because of his confusing signal. He was also upset that the umpires refused to let him protest the game because it was a judgment call. He continued to argue after Welke ejected him, tossing his cap and making contact with second base umpire Bob Davidson in the process.

"Bob came in front," Girardi said. "They always say we bumped, but he came in front of me as I was walking to get out, so I don't feel that I bumped him."

Welke, also the crew chief, acknowledged that he made an incorrect signal initially but had no regrets about his subsequent decisions.

"I started to put my hands up in the air -- I was a little quick -- then I saw the ball hit the chalk line, and I pointed fair about three times," he said. "I don't think it had any impact. I've watched the replay, and I don't think there was any impact on the outfielder. I don't think Ibanez ever even saw me. We got the call right."

Teixeira and Chavez prevented that play from defining the outcome. Teixeira's homer was his 21st, while Chavez's drive over the left-field wall was his 12th. Chavez hit .563 during the four-game series.

"We don't get flustered by stuff like that," Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher said of Welke's call. "Mistakes happen in every game, you just have to move on."

Closer Rafael Soriano survived a two-on, no-out jam in the ninth to record his 27th save. With runners on first and third, Soriano retired Ramon Santiago on a soft liner. Berry then popped out and Dirks flied out to centerfielder Curtis Granderson.

Both starters, the Yankees' Hiroki Kuroda and the Tigers' Doug Fister, pitched 6 1/3 innings and got no-decisions. Clay Rapada (3-0) retired two batters in the seventh with a man on second to get the victory.

"(Fister) gave up a couple early and then just shut the door on them and really gave us a chance," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "We played catch-up and we did catch up, we just didn't shut it down. We let a golden opportunity get away there in the ninth."

The Yankees took a 2-0 lead when Ibanez tripled in a run and scored on Ichiro Suzuki's single. Avila's homer and Dirks' double put the Tigers in front, but Benoit (1-3) couldn't hold it for Fister, who had won five of his last six decisions.

Fister said the back-to-back losses won't affect his team, which plays another marquee series at Texas this weekend.

"Guys are going about their business the right way. They come in expecting to win every day," Fister said. "We know that's not going to happen every day. Unfortunately, there are losses that we do have to battle against. There's no panic, no sense of urgency here. It's a matter of 'Hey, let's go out and get our business done,' and the wins will take care of themselves."

NOTES: The Yankees are scheduled to face three left-handed starters in Toronto this weekend, which means additional playing time for outfielder Andruw Jones, who hasn't started since Aug. 1. "Jones is going to get a lot (of at-bats)," Girardi said. ... Suzuki's walk in the fourth inning was the first he's drawn since joining the Yankees and first overall since July 21 with the Mariners. ... Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson had an 11-game hitting streak snapped. .. The contract of Detroit outfielder Don Kelly was out-righted to Toledo after he cleared waivers.

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