Anibal Sanchez had retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh, before Carlos Santana broke up the no-hit bid with a triple.
Sanchez had looked dominate all day against the Cleveland Indians’ hitters. Until Santana broke up the no-hitter, the Indians had done nothing. Sanchez went 6 2/3 innings, gave up three hits,two runs, and struck out seven. His best performance in Tigers uniform.
The Detroit Tigers offense was alive and well the night before for Justin Verlander’s outstanding performance. The offense would continue for Sanchez. In the bottom of the first the Tigers provided Sanchez with two early runs due to some bad defense by the Indians.
After giving up the two early runs Justin Masterson settled down and went on a strikeout tear. The Tigers managed to get Masterson out of the game before the end of the fifth inning, but he still set down eight Tigers’ hitters by the strike out.
The Tigers added a run in the fifth from a double by Alex Avila that scored Brennan Boesch. Then in the seventh Miguel Cabrera hit his 37th home run of the year to make it 5-0.
There was a weird play in the fifth inning . Avila was going to try and score off a bad throw to third, but never touched the base. The run was revoked, and Quintin Berry was tagged out trying to go to third.
The Indians tried to make the game interesting late . After Santana broke up the no-hitter, the Indians collected three straight hits off Sanchez knocking him out of the game, making it 5-2.
In the bottom of the eighth, Joaquin Benoit gave another run, cutting the lead to 5-3. But the Indians would still come up short. Jose Valverde retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth securing a Tigers victory.
Tomorrow Rick Porcello (9-12) will take the mound for the Tigers. Ubaldo Jimenez (9-16) will toe the slab for the Indians.
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