Anibal Sanchez struggles again, late rally falls short as Tigers lose fifth straight, 8-5

After a 2 hour, 40-minute rain delay in Arlington, Texas, the Tigers were eventually able to get on the field and try to bounce back from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Seattle Mariners.

They took the wet field against the American League West-leading Texas Rangers. Aníbal Sánchez (6-11, 5.88 ERA) took the hill looking to build upon his last outing against the New York Mets when he went 8 innings and only gave up 1 earned run.


Three consecutive hits by Ian Desmond, Carlos Beltrán and Adrián Beltré opened the scoring for the Rangers off Sánchez to give Texas a 1-0 in the 1st. Recently acquired Jonathon Lucroy belted a three-run home run later in the inning to make it a 4-0 cushion. Texas ultimately sent seven guys to the plate in the bottom of the first.

In the top of the second J.D. Martinez singled and was later driven in on an RBI double by James McCann, cutting the deficity to 4-1. Lucroy got to Sánchez again for a tw0-run home run in the bottom of the 3rd, followed up by a solo shot from Mitch Moreland, increasing Texas’ lead to 7-1.



In the bottom of the 5th, Sánchez surrendered his fourth home run of the game; this time, a solo shot to Carlos Beltrán, forcing Sánchez from the game one batter later after giving up a single to Beltre. He was replaced by Warwick Saupold, who walked one and gave up one hit to load the bases with no out.

Saupold did his job, getting the next three in a row, and keeping the Rangers from extending their lead. The Rangers threatened again in the bottom of the 6th, but again failed to push across a run and extend their lead.



Casey McGehee reached on an error in the top of the seventh and was brought home on the two-run home run by James McCann, his 9th of the season to cut the Texas lead down to 8-3. Two batters later, Ian Kinsler doubled to left field, signaling the end for Texas starter Yu Darvish. New Rangers pitcher Tony Barnette came in and allowed a two-run homer on the first offering to Tyler Collins. All of a sudden, the Tigers were down just three runs, 8-5.

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Detroit was able to generate some traffic on the bases but were wiped clean on ground ball outs and unable to complete the comeback, dropping game one of this series and their fifth straight contest overall.




The same two teams are right back at it on Saturday at Globe Life Park, coverage begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Fox Sports Detroit. The Tigers will hand the ball to left-hander Matt Boyd (3-2, 4.69 ERA), who pitched one scoreless inning in relief on August 9 against the Mariners in that 15-inning marathon. Over his last five starts, Boyd has registered a 2.84 ERA.

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