Sanchez went five innings—he was on a pitch count following his shortened rehab outing—and allowed one run, on three hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Phil Coke, Luke Putkoken, Drew Smyly, and Darin Downs combined for four somewhat meh innings of relief, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks, with three strikeouts.
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After a 1-3 start to the roadtrip, the Tigers have now won five in a row and are now 6-3 with two more games to go on this 11 game trip. Not a bad “start” to what many saw as a crucial roadtrip.
Every Tigers starter had at least one hit, except for Ramon Santiago, and four of them had multi-hit games. Torii Hunter fell only a single shy of the cycle, while Austin Jackson chipped in with a 2-for-3 afternoon; Peralta and Dirks also had two hits apiece.
Miguel Cabrera only had one hit but it was a two-run homer to get the scoring kicked off in the third inning. Prince Fielder followed up with a solo shot of his own, and Victor Martinez tacked on a double. Peralta then singled Martinez home and was thrown out trying to advance to second base.
In the fourth inning, a Carrasco throwing error on a fielder’s choice led to another Tigers run. Jackson followed up with a sac fly, and Hunter drove in Santiago with a double.
In the sixth, Hunter added a solo homer. Hunter grounded out weakly in his last at bat of the game, and was unable to obtain the cycle.
The Indians scored three runs off a somewhat sloppy bullpen, including a two-run shot from ex-Tiger Ryan Raburn in the ninth off Downs. Downs was able to get out of the ninth and preserve the win, as Joaquín Benoit began to warm up in the bullpen.
Game three is tomorrow at 1pm. The Tigers will send Doug Fister (6-5, 3.80 ERA) to the mound, while the Indians will counter with Corey Kluber (6-5, 4.33).