MLB - Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5
PHOENIX (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Anibal Sanchez limited the Diamondbacks to three hits over the first four innings, then gave up five earned runs over the next three.
The Tigers had given Sanchez a 7-0 cushion after scoring two runs in the second and five runs in the fourth.
The Tigers went on to beat the Diamondbacks, 11-5, on Wednesday at Chase Field.
The Tigers added four more runs in the eighth inning, on an RBI single by Ian Kinsler and a three-run home run for Miguel Cabrera. The home run was Cabrera's 15th of the season, but first this month.
Sanchez has been prone to a sudden fade of late and that appeared to be the case again in the fifth. He gave up back-to-back doubles to Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado, followed by a two-run home run to Didi Gregorius in the fifth. Parra added a two-out RBI single to center in the sixth to cut the Tigers' lead to 7-4.
David Peralta's RBI single with none out in the seventh cut the deficit to 7-5 for the Diamondbacks. With two on, one out and Paul Goldschmidt coming up, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus brought in Joba Chamblain. Goldschmidt ground into an inning-ending double play to short.
Alex Avila's two-run double in the second gave the Tigers an early lead.
The Tigers broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning to take a 7-0 lead. Four of the runs in the fourth were unearned.
Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill gave up consecutive singles to Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Don Kelly to load the bases with none out. Avila followed with a sac fly to left to bring home Cabrera.
Andrew Romine reached on a fielding error by second baseman Aaron Hill, loading the bases once again.
Romine was originally called out on Hill's throw to first, but Ausmus challenged and the ruling was overturned.
After Sanchez struck out for the second time, Austin Jackson delivered a bases-clearing double. Jackson came home on a single to right by Rajai Davis.
The Tigers had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh inning, before Avila struck out swinging against left Eury De La Rosa. Avila also struck out against De La Rosa with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
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