DETROIT -- Mariano Rivera pitched three scoreless innings in the regular season for the first time in almost 10 years and Jason Giambi ended a homer drought that lasted almost a month as New York beat Detroit in 11 innings, 11-6.
``When his ball is moving like that at 95 or 96 [miles per hour], it's almost like you don't have a chance," Detroit outfielder Craig Monroe said of Rivera.
New York manager Joe Torre brought his star closer in for the ninth with the score tied. Rivera was so efficient Torre left him in for two more innings for his longest outing -- other than the 2003 AL championship series against Boston -- since Sept. 6, 1996, when he also pitched three innings against Toronto.
Rivera (3-3) needed just 25 pitches over the three innings to hold off the Tigers.
The Yankees, who had a pair of five-run leads before the game went to extra innings, are a season-high 10 games over .500 with their fourth straight win.
Despite losing three in a row, the Tigers still have the best record in baseball. ``I told them that I'm proud of them, they battled," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. ``I have absolutely no complaints. God bless them."
Todd Jones (0-2) pitched a perfect 10th before Giambi turned on a hanging breaking ball and sent it into the right-field seats with one out in the 11th for his 13th homer. ``All night, I didn't see much to hit," said Giambi, who hit his first homer since May 10. ``But Jonesy made the mistake, and I didn't miss it."
The Yankees eventually chased Jones, who gave up five runs and four hits with a walk in 1 2/3 innings.
New York led 5-0 in the third and 6-1 on Andy Phillips's sacrifice fly in the fifth, but the Tigers chipped away. Ivan Rodriguez hit a solo homer in the third, ending a 20-inning scoreless streak for the Tigers.
Kyle Farnsworth entered in the eighth, and the Tigers loaded the bases against their former teammate. Brandon Inge then hit a grounder to Derek Jeter, who flipped it to Robinson Cano, who couldn't get enough on his throw to first -- allowing Ramon Santiago to score and tie it at 6.