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Live Tigers blog: Tigers waste Sanchez gem, lose 4-1

Al Willman
The Detroit News
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez throws a pitch in the first inning against the Royals at Comerica Park on Wednesday.

Anibal Sanchez pitched the game of his Tigers career on Wednesday.

However, the bullpen and lackluster offense wasted that start, paving the way for the Tigers' 4-1 loss to the Royals, completing the three-game sweep.

Sanchez pitched 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball, before allowing a double to Eric Hosmer with two outs in the top of the seventh. Sanchez finished the inning, going seven and allowing a hit and two walks, while striking out eight.

Lefty Justin Wilson gave up a solo home run to Alex Gordon in the eighth, tying the game at 1-1, before the Royals (60-60) scored three in the top of the ninth to take a 4-1 lead. Hosmer started the scoring with a two-run home run, before Drew Butera dropped in an RBI single later in the inning.

The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but left them loaded when Miguel Cabrera grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

The Tigers (63-57) got their run in the bottom of the second, on a Victor Martinez solo home run.

The Tigers take on the Red Sox in the first of a four-game weekend series tomorrow at 1:10. Matt Boyd (4-2, 4.16) goes for the Tigers while Clay Buchholz (4-9, 5.66) starts for the Red Sox.

Wheels come off bus for Tigers in 9th

The wheels came off the bus for the Tigers in the top of the ninth.

Shane Greene came back out for the Tigers to start the inning, and struck out Cheslor Cuthbert to lead off the inning. Lorenzo Cain followed with a single, before Eric Hosmer — who doubled to end Anibal Sanchez’s no-hit bid in the seventh — hit a two-run home run to right field, putting the Royals ahead. Kendrys Morales doubled, and was lifted for pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson. Greene then intentionally walked Alex Gordon — who homered in the eighth. The next batter, Alcides Escobar, struck out looking — for the second out. Drew Butera dropped in an RBI single, extending the lead for the Royals. That chased Greene, who gave way to Mark Lowe — who got the final out of the inning. Going to the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers trail 4-1.

Tigers offense stagnant in eighth

The Tigers couldn’t muster much offense in the bottom of the eighth. After Victor Martinez flew out to start the half inning, J.D. Martinez reached on an infield single, but was stranded when Justin Upton — in his first at-bat after replacing Tyler Collins in left field in the top half of the inning — struck out, and Casey McGehee flew out to right field. After eight, the Tigers and Royals are tied, 1-1.

Tigers go to bullpen, blow lead

The Tigers went to the bullpen to start the eighth inning.

Left-hander Justin Wilson replaced Anibal Sanchez, and immediately made his presence known. Wilson needed only one pitch to relinquish the Tigers lead — giving up a leadoff home run to Alex Gordon. Wilson calmed down, getting the next two Royals in order, before giving up a triple to Raul Mondesi Jr., that Justin Upton — who replaced Tyler Collins defensively to start the inning, after Collins took a 99-mph fastball to the right knee in the bottom of the sixth — misplayed in left field. Wilson gave way to righty Shane Greene — who got Paulo Orlando to ground out to second. Going to the bottom of the eighth, the Tigers and Royals are tied, 1-1.

Sanchez went seven innings, allowing a hit and two walks, while striking out eight. He threw exactly 100 pitches (64 strikes, 36 balls).

Tigers load bases, don't score

The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but could not score. James McCann took first base on his leadoff strikeout, after the ball went to the backstop. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Andrew Romine. Royals starter Yordano Ventura then hit Ian Kinsler, before being lifted for left-hander Matt Strahm. Erick Aybar loaded the bases after hitting right at Royals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, who misplayed the ball — and was given an error. Miguel Cabrera was unable to capitalize on the bases loaded opportunity — grounding into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. After seven, the Tigers lead 1-0.

Sanchez loses no-hitter with 2 outs in 7th

Eric Hosmer doubled with two outs in the top of the seventh for the Royals, breaking up Anibal Sanchez's no-hit bid. Sanchez struck out Cheslor Cuthbert and Lorenzo Cain to start the inning, and got through the seventh after Kendrys Morales popped out to catcher James McCann in foul territory. Going to the bottom of the seventh, the Tigers lead 1-0.

Tigers fail to score; Sanchez chases no-no

The Tigers failed to add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Victor Martinez struck out to start the half inning. J.D. Martinez followed with a one-out single, before Tyler Collins got hit on his right knee with a 99-mph fastball, putting two on with one out. Casey McGehee grounded into an inning-ending 6-3 double play, and going to the seventh, the Tigers are up 1-0.

Sanchez breezes through sixth

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez bounced back nicely in the sixth inning, after walking two an inning before. He set the Royals down 1-2-3 for the fifth time of the night, striking out Drew Butera before getting Raul Mondesi Jr. to pop out to Miguel Cabrera, leaning over the Royals dugout to do so. Sanchez then got Paulo Orlando to ground out to shortstop to end the half inning. At 88 pitches through six, Sanchez has yet to allow a hit. Going to the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers lead 1-0.

Tigers leave one in scoring position

The Tigers stranded a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the fifth inning. Andrew Romine struck out swinging to lead off the half inning, before a walk to Ian Kinsler put a runner on with one out for the Tigers. Erick Aybar grounded out to third base, advancing Kinsler to second. Miguel Cabrera grounded out to shortstop to end the inning. After five, the Tigers still lead 1-0.

Sanchez walks pair, no-hitter intact

Tigers starter Aníbal Sanchez allowed his first baserunners in the top of the fifth inning. The first came on a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer. Sanchez then struck out Kendrys Morales — his sixth of the game. Hosmer was caught stealing by James McCann, for the second out. Sanchez kept the inning going, after walking Alex Gordon. Alcides Escobar lined out to J.D. Martinez in right field to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the fifth, the Tigers maintain a 1-0 lead.

Tigers strand two more in the fourth

Victor Martinez (2-for-2) singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth, before J.D. Martinez hit a single of his own to put the first two on for the Tigers. Tyler Collins followed by striking out on a 99-mph fastball from Royals starter Yordano Ventura. Casey McGehee grounded out into a fielder’s choice to a diving Cheslor Cuthbert at third base, who threw to second to get J.D. Martinez. Ventura then struck out James McCann to end the inning, and the threat. After four, the Tigers have a 1-0 lead.

Sanchez is dealing

Anibal Sanchez is dealing. He has retired the first 12 batters he's faced. Sanchez struck Paulo Orlando and Cheslor Cuthbert out swinging to lead off the fourth. He then got Lorenzo Cain to line out to left field to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the fourth, it’s 1-0 Tigers.

Tigers put two on, strand them

The Tigers showed a little offense in the third inning, but were unable to do anything with it. With one out in the bottom of the third inning, Andrew Romine singled. He took second on an errant pickoff throw from Royals starter Yordano Ventura with Erick Aybar at the plate. Ventura walked Aybar, putting two on with two outs. Miguel Cabrera lined to Raul Mondesi Jr. at second base to end the inning. After three, the Tigers are up 1-0.

Sanchez yet to allow baserunner

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has yet to allow a baserunner. He set the Royals down 1-2-3 in the third inning, getting all three outs in the air. Alcides Escobar flew out to Andrew Romine in center field, before Drew Butera popped out to Miguel Cabrera in foul territory and Raul Mondesi Jr. flew out to Romine. Going to the bottom of the third, the Tigers are up 1-0.

V-Mart goes yard, Tigers take 1-0 lead

The Tigers broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the second inning when Victor Martinez led off with his 22nd home run — on a 96-mph fastball from Royals starter Yordano Ventura. J.D. Martinez followed with a loud line drive out to right field. Tyler Collins grounded out to second base for the second out, before Casey McGehee grounded out to third base to end the inning. After two, the Tigers have a 1-0 lead.

Six up, six down for Sanchez

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez worked quickly in the top of the second. He got Eric Hosmer to ground out to Erick Aybar at shortstop, before Kendrys Morales grounded out to Sanchez. Sanchez struck out Alex Gordon to end the half inning — his third of the game. Going to the bottom of the second, neither team has scored.

Tigers go in order, Aybar flies out

Royals starter Yordano Ventura struck out Ian Kinsler to lead off the bottom of the first. Erick Aybar, the newest Tiger, flew out to left center field before striking out Miguel Cabrera — who nearly spun himself 180 degrees — to end the inning. After one, the game is scoreless.

Sanchez fans pair in 1-2-3 first

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez did a little bit of work in the first inning. After Paulo Orlando grounded out to first base to start the game, Sanchez struck out Cheslor Cuthbert on nine pitches, for the second out of the inning. He fanned Lorenzo Cain to end — on nine pitches — to end the half inning. Going to the bottom of the first, the game is scoreless.

How to watch: Tigers vs. Royals

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Bob Wojnowski says the Tigers are running short on players, and on time, in their quest to make the postseason.

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TIGERS LINEUP

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Erick Aybar, SS

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Tyler Collins, LF

7. Casey McGehee, 3B

8. James McCann, C

9. Andrew Romine, CF

Anibal Sanchez, P

ROYALS LINEUP

1. Paulo Orlando, CF

2. Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B

3. Lorenzo Cain, RF

4. Eric Hosmer, 1B

5. Kendrys Morales, DH

6. Alex Gordon, LF

7. Alcides Escobar, SS

8. Drew Butera, C

9. Raul Mondesi, 2B

Yordano Ventura, P

TIGERS VS. ROYALS

When: Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

Pitching matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 6.31) vs. RHP Yordano Ventura (8-9, 4.60)

Local TV: Fox Sports Detroit

National TV: None

Internet streaming: MLB.TV (blacked out in Detroit market)

Local radio: 97.1 FM

Satellite radio: SIRI 214