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JD Martinez has 3 homers and 6 RBIs, Tigers tag Masahiro Tanaka in 12-4 win over Yankees

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NEW YORK — wanted that fourth home run. He had never even hit two in a major league game before, so might as well tie the record the first time he got a chance.

In his final at-bat, Martinez swung at a pitch out of the strike zone and popped up to right field. It was just about the only time he missed Sunday, when he hit three homers and drove in six runs to lead the Detroit Tigers over the New York Yankees 12-4 to snap a four-game skid.

"I definitely got anxious. I just knew that I was feeling good," Martinez said. "I don't think he threw me one strike."

homered and drove in four two-out runs off for Detroit, outscored 21-5 in the first two games of the series.

hit Jose De Paula's first major league pitch for a solo shot in the sixth.

"To be able to come back after an embarrassing night ... is big for us," Romine said of Detroit's effort only hours after losing 14-3 on Saturday.

(6-7) lost his scoreless streak at 21 2-3 innings when homered with one out in the second. But the Tigers' right-hander was steady for seven innings to earn his third straight win. He yielded seven hits and three runs in handing the Yankees only their second loss in 13 home games.

connected off Tanaka (4-3) with two outs in the first. He struck out looking in the third and led off the fifth with another homer against the Japanese right-hander, who allowed three long balls for the first time in his big league career.

then went deep off Danny Burawa with two on in the sixth to give the Tigers an 11-2 lead. Burawa was making his major league debut.

"It was just one of those days where you take swings and you're actually hitting the ball how you want to hit it," said. "There's not too many of those days, so you've just got to take advantage of them."

With a chance to tie the major league record for homers in a game, he flied out to right in the eighth.

It was the first three-homer game for Detroit since did it at Texas on May 19, 2013.

became the first Tigers player to connect three times against the Yankees since Charlie Maxwell in 1959.

"It's pretty cool just to say the first time you did it was here," said. "This is the pinnacle of baseball."

had his third multihomer game this year for the Yankees, connecting in the seventh off Sanchez and ninth against .

Tanaka gave up a career high-tying 10 hits and seven runs in five innings. He fell to 2-2 since his return from the disabled list on June 3.

"I was missing spots and I was missing them by a far margin so I wasn't really sharp today," Tanaka said through a translator.

After Tanaka got two quick outs to open the game, Cabrera singled and sent a drive into the second deck in right field. reached on shortstop ' ninth error of the season before went deep.

had a two-run single in the second after Cabrera walked with two outs.

"It was nice to see him turn on some balls," Tigers manager said of the switch-hitting , who was batting left-handed.

Burawa and DePaula were optioned back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: 3B was out of the starting lineup for a second straight day. He's batting .143 (9 for 63) over his last 19 games.

Yankees: CF (knee) did some straight ahead running on the outfield grass and ran some short routes to make barehanded, over-the-shoulder catches of tossed baseballs.

SANTOS SURGERY

Yankees reliever Sergio Santos is going to have Tommy John surgery after making just two appearances for the team. Santos had 30 saves for the White Sox in 2011 but has been plagued by injuries since then. He was moved to the 60-day DL after the game.

UP NEXT

Tigers: Continue their seven-game road trip in Cleveland. LHP (1-1) gave up five hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first start in place of , who was recently demoted. But three of the hits were home runs.

Yankees: RHP (8-3) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in his last start. He faces the Phillies, the team that has scored the fewest runs in baseball this season, in the opener of an interleague series in New York.

PHOTO: Detroit Tigers shortstop Josh Wilson (39)  celebrates with Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after the Tigers 12-4 victory over the New York Yankees in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 21, 2015.  Martinez was responsible for six of the Tigers' 12 runs with a three-run homer, a two-run home run, and a solo home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Detroit Tigers shortstop Josh Wilson (39) celebrates with Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) after the Tigers 12-4 victory over the New York Yankees in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Martinez was responsible for six of the Tigers' 12 runs with a three-run homer, a two-run home run, and a solo home run. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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PHOTO: Detroit Tigers J.D. Martinez, left, celebrates with the Tigers Yoenis Cespedes (52) after hitting a first-inning, two-run, home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, June 21, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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