Curtis Granderson's eighth-inning home run was the first earned run allowed by Joaquin Benoit in his last 22 appearances.
Justin Verlander has walked two batters in the first inning of all three appearances against the Yankees this season, including Game 1 on Friday.
In the regular season, Jose Valverde had a 0.55 ERA in save situations and a 5.79 ERA in non-save situations. He gave up two earned runs Sunday after entering with a four-run lead.
The Tigers struck out nine Yankees on Sunday after striking out 11 in Game 1. The Game 1 total was the fourth-highest in Tigers postseason history.
Verlander became the second player in franchise history to lead the American League in wins, strikeouts and ERA in a single season this year.
A .374 hitter against the Yankees in his regular-season career, Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs on Sunday.
After recording a franchise postseason-record six RBIs in Game 1, Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 in Game 2 and left two runners on base.
The Tigers won three of four games against the Yankees at Comerica Park earlier this season.
CC Sabathia has made 32 starts against the Tigers in his career.
Derek Jeter is 10-for-29 against Verlander in his career.
Victor Martinez (.394) and Miguel Cabrera (.388) were tops in the AL with runners in scoring position this season. The pair had four RBIs on Sunday.
Chris Vannini is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.