Derek Jeter was nonchalant, as always, neither too high nor too low.
"I thought I had some good at-bats the first few times up," Jeter said while fielding questions in front of his crowded locker after the Tigers evened the series at 1. "The last couple of times, they made some good pitches. It's frustrating when we lose. But we can come right back and play tomorrow."
Jeter contributed to the Tigers' two-run sixth inning with a throwing error on Austin Jackson's leadoff grounder. He moved to his left to field the ball, then made a slightly off-balance throw in the dirt. Mark Teixeira tried to snag the one-hopper with his trademark sweeping swipe, but the ball bounced out of his glove.
"With Austin running, you don't really have much time," Jeter said. "You catch it and throw it, and unfortunately, I threw it low."
The Tigers, who were up 2-0 at that point, scored twice in the inning on one-out RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez off Freddy Garcia. Jeter's error made one of the runs unearned. And his rough day only continued.
With the Yankees trailing 4-0 in the seventh, Nick Swisher walked and Jorge Posada singled to chase Detroit starter Max Scherzer. Joaquin Benoit got Russell Martin to fly out and struck out pinch hitter Eric Chavez on three pitches, bringing Jeter to the plate. He struck out looking to end the inning.
Jeter voiced his displeasure to plate umpire Eric Cooper and reiterated in the clubhouse that he thought Benoit's 85-mph changeup was outside.
"I was just asking him if he knew the weather forecast for the rest of the game," Jeter said with a playful smile, referring to Cooper.
The clear afternoon sky had turned dark before rain pelted the Stadium during Jeter's at-bat.
"Yeah, I got a good storm cloud. But what can you do?" he said.
Jeter, who had gone 2-for-5 and scored three runs in Game 1, again was a rally-killer in the ninth.
After Curtis Granderson homered off Benoit in the eighth, closer Jose Valverde allowed a home run by Swisher, a triple by Posada and a sacrifice fly by Andruw Jones in the ninth as the Yankees closed within 5-3.
Representing the tying run, Jeter stepped to the plate with one out and Martin on first and struck out for the fourth time in two games.