Derek Jeter Helps Ivan Nova Escape Fifth-Inning Jam

Entering the fifth inning, the Tigers and Yankees were tied at 1, and Doug Fister and Ivan Nova had combined to retire 15 hitters in a row. Nova made it 16 when he struck out Victor Martinez leading off.

But the streak was broken shortly thereafter when Alex Avila followed with a walk. On the next pitch, Ryan Raburn lined a single to right, and the Tigers had the makings of a rally.

It looked like they'd cash in two pitches after that. Jhonny Peralta lined a low fastball into center, and Avila rounded third to come home. But Curtis Granderson threw the ball to Derek Jeter, and Jeter made a perfect relay throw to Russell Martin, who tagged Avila out while avoiding a dangerous collision.

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Nova wasn't yet completely out of trouble. With two down and two in scoring position, he had to get through Wilson Betemit, sent up to pinch-hit for the righty Brandon Inge. But Betemit smacked a routine fly, and so the 1-1 score didn't budge. On we go, to the bottom of the fifth.

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