Contreras (7-3) pitches into 9th for first time

DETROIT (AP) -- Jose Contreras went to the mound with his head
up, chest out and shoulders back.

Then he was as dominant as he looked.

Contreras pitched into the ninth inning for the first time in
his career and Alex Rodriguez hit two of the New York Yankees' five
home runs in a 5-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday

"I like to watch body language, and he walked to the mound with
a good strut," Yankees manager Joe Torre said.

Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Hideki Matsui and Kenny Lofton all hit
homers against Jeremy Bonderman -- his only hits allowed -- and
Rodriguez added another home run, his 24th, off Wilfredo Ledezma in
the ninth.

All five of New York's hits were home runs.

"I've never seen that before," Rodriguez said.

The last time a team had at least five hits and all were home
runs was June 24, 1989, when the Cleveland Indians hit six homers
in a 7-3 win at Texas, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Contreras (7-3) gave up just four hits in his longest major
league outing since joining the Yankees for the 2003 season after
defecting from Cuba. He pitched eight innings last Sept. 23 at
Chicago when the Yankees clinched the AL East.

"Against the White Sox, I pitched a pretty good game, but it
wasn't as good as this one," Contreras said through an
interpreter. "As far as the major leagues go, those are the two
best games I can think of.

"Prior to coming here, with the Cuban national team in 2001, I
threw 11 innings against Japan. That was pretty good, but that was
amateur, it doesn't compare."

After Dmitri Young had a leadoff triple in the fourth, Contreras
retired 15 straight until he allowed Bobby Higginson's single to
start the ninth. Mariano Rivera relieved and got the final three

With two-plus months left in the regular season, Contreras tied
his win total from last season with his seventh victory in eight
decisions. He struck out seven and walked one.

"Contreras was great -- the best I've seen," Tigers manager
Alan Trammell said. "He had command of everything. We're a pretty
good hitting team, but he was awfully good."

Detroit started the game with a major league best .283 batting

The Yankees won their fifth straight in their first game since
the All-Star game. Detroit had won five of six against Minnesota
and New York before the break.

When Bonderman (6-7) wasn't giving up home runs, he was

"They are a good team with a lot of power, and I made some
stupid pitches," said Bonderman, who struck out six and walked one
in seven innings. "You can't be throwing hanging breaking balls
and fastballs down the middle to those guys."

Six straight batters in the third and fourth innings alternated
hitting home runs and striking out.

After starting the third with a strikeout, Bonderman gave up
Lofton's 407-foot homer to right. Then, another strikeout was
followed by Jeter's 424-foot shot to left-center that put New York
ahead 2-1.

He got out of the third with another strikeout only to watch
Rodriguez homer to lead off the fourth inning. After two groundouts
broke up the trend, Matsui hit a home run to give New York a 4-1

The Yankees, with a major league best 56 wins, lead baseball
with 137 homers.

"That's a dimension we didn't have before," Torre said.
"We've always had to string a couple hits together to get
something going."

The game drew 38,902 fans, Comerica Park's largest crowd since
42,121 came to the home opener.

"It was a great crowd, but we didn't give them much to cheer
about," Trammell said.

The largest crowd Detroit has drawn in the five years since it
left Tiger Stadium was 44,095 last June 1 when Roger Clemens was
pitching for his 300th win.

Game notes
Kevin Brown, out since June 10 with a back injury, was
supposed to throw three innings at Double-A Trenton on Thursday
night, but he lasted just two. "The next start won't be here,"
Torre said. "He was discouraged, to say the least." ... Since
losing to Boston on April 23, Contreras' lone setback was June 20
against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He did, however, get away with a
no-decision after giving up seven runs against the New York Mets on
July 3. ... Bonderman pitched 15 scoreless innings before Lofton's
homer in the third. ... Matsui played in his 1,500th consecutive
professional game.