Hicks homers twice to lead Yankees over Tigers

AP photo Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera removes his batting helmet after striking out during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees Friday in Detroit.

DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, then added a solo shot over the fence in the sixth to send the New York Yankees to an 8-6 victory over the skidding Detroit Tigers on Friday night.

Jordan Montgomery (1-0) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus innings. New York’s bullpen struggled to hold on, but Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.

Mike Fiers (1-1) gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Tigers, who have lost five straight. James McCann and Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

It was not a good second inning for the Tigers in the outfield. Gary Sanchez hit a one-out double that right fielder Nicholas Castellanos appeared to have a chance to catch in front of the wall.

At the last moment, however, Castellanos ducked and the ball went over his head.

Hicks followed with his first home run to give New York a 2-0 lead.

The Yankees’ previous inside-the-park homer was by Curtis Granderson at Minnesota on Aug. 21, 2011.

Brett Gardner brought home another run in the fifth with a bloop double, and Aaron Judge drove in Gardner with a single.

The Yankees added an additional run that inning on second baseman Dixon Machado’s throwing error.

Judge extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

McCann hit a solo home run in the fifth, but Hicks — in only his second game back from a right intercostal strain — made it 6-1 in the sixth with his second homer of the night.

Victor Martinez hit an RBI double in the seventh for Detroit, and he scored on McCann’s sacrifice fly. New York scored twice in the eighth, on an RBI single by Ronald Torreyes and a sacrifice fly by Didi Gregorius.

Candelario led off the eighth with a homer, and McCann and Jose Iglesias added RBI singles to make it 8-6.