DETROIT — The Michael King experiment rolled on Tuesday night at Comerica Park as New York continued to stretch him out and see how his stuff plays over several innings.
The righty held his own for the second straight start, keeping the Tigers scoreless through his four innings during the Yankees’ 4-2 win.
Granted, his success came against the Tigers (59-73), who sit 14 games below .500, but Detroit also has a lineup stacked with young talent that’s aggressive at the plate and hungry to spark the offense. King allowed just three singles, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He topped 98 mph on the radar gun and drew seven swing-and-misses during his 61-pitch gem.
Though he didn’t figure in the decision, King put the Yankees in position to succeed, keeping the Tigers off the board while his teammates built a lead behind a Statcast-projected 454-foot home run from Gleyber Torres in the first and a solo shot from Kyle Higashioka in the fifth, then fortified it when Aaron Judge came home on a passed ball in the sixth.
Anthony Volpe homered to lead off the ninth for the Yanks’ final run.
Rookie right-hander Jhony Brito followed suit in King’s wake, with 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Wandy Peralta finished the final two outs of the eighth with no hiccups, and Clay Holmes weathered a two-run ninth to make things interesting before striking out Javier Báez swinging to put a bow on the win.
On Wednesday, New York, which hadn’t won back-to-back games since Aug. 2-3, can clinch its first series win in more than a month. The Yankees’ last series win came in a sweep of the Royals from July 21-23.