Darrell Evans went five for five, including a two-run homer, and drove in three runs to pace Detroit to its sixth straight victory. New York has lost four straight, all at home. The game attracted 55,623, the largest crowd at Yankee Stadium since it was renovated in 1976.
Jack Morris (8-5) went 7 2/3 innings, yielding 10 hits and eight earned runs. Willie Hernandez went the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his 13th save. Loser Phil Niekro (7-5) gave up eight hits and seven runs in 2 1/3 innings.
Detroit took a 4-0 lead in the first. Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell led off with singles and scored on Lance Parrish's double. Evans followed with his 12th homer. The Tigers made it 5-0 in the second on Tom Brookens' double and a throwing error by shortstop Andre Robertson.
New York scored four runs in the second on RBI singles by Willie Randolph and Rickey Henderson and Ken Griffey's two-run triple.
Detroit made it 7-4 in the third. Evans singled and moved to third on Larry Herndon's single. Niekro balked Evans home and Herndon to second. John Grubb walked and Chet Lemon singled to load the bases. Brian Fisher relieved, and Herndon scored on Brookens' sacrifice fly.
The game included Morris' 1,000th career strikeout and Evans' 1,000th career RBI.
Meanwhile, Yankees Manager Billy Martin, saying he's being misquoted, started taping his media interviews. "This way, I can sue if I'm not quoted accurately," he said after the game.
Martin, during a workout Thursday, reportedly criticized General Manager Clyde King and former manager Yogi Berra for their alleged mishandling of spring training. He since has said that he "never said those things."