DETROIT — Joe Girardi got mad.
Then, the New York Yankees got even.
Mark Teixeira and Eric Chavez hit solo home runs on consecutive pitches in the eighth inning that put New York ahead after Girardi was ejected, and the Yankees held off the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Thursday to split a four-game series.
“I’m extremely happy for what our guys accomplished,” Girardi said, still stewing after the victory. “That doesn’t mean I’m not going to get perturbed when I get a letter.”
Girardi was tossed in the fifth during a demonstrative argument in which he slammed his hat on the infield and threw his arms in the air over and over, repeating a move third base umpire Tim Welke acknowledged making on a fair-or-foul call.
“It’s good that he’s sticking up for us,” Yankees catcher Chris Stewart said. “It fired us up, obviously.”
The Yankees won a one-run game for the first time since July 13, ending an eight-game losing streak in one-run games that was their longest since 1944.
“It’s just nice to get a win — period,” Stewart said. “We’ve been scuffling lately and things haven’t been going our way. It almost seemed like it was going to happen again.”
Rafael Soriano escaped a first-and-third, no-out jam in the ninth for his 27th save in 29 chances.