It doesn't matter what jersey he's wearing. Anibal Sanchez owns the Colorado Rockies. Sanchez -- who was 3-0 as a Marlin but had never faced the Rockies as a Detroit Tiger -- pitched seven shutout innings Sunday in a 4-0 win over Colorado. Sanchez (8-5) retired the first seven batters he faced, gave up two hits and struck out 12 in the win. It was just the fourth time in his career and first time since May 24, 2013 against Minnesota that he has struck out 10 or more batters. Detroit scored all of its runs in the third inning. Victor Martinez blasted a three-run home run to left on a 1-0 pitch with two outs. Detroit had zero hits through the first two innings then blew up in the third with a double, a single and a home run while sitting on two outs. Detroit's bullpen protected Sanchez's lights out performance with two scoreless innings. Joba Chamberlain pitched the eighth, giving up one single but striking out two. Joakim Soria pitched the ninth and gave up a single. Rajai Davis continues to hit well since moving into the leadoff spot vacated by Austin Jackson. Davis -- who has also shifted over to center field -- had seven hits, four runs and three RBI in the three-game series against the Rockies.
Detroit's Anibal Sanchez strikes out 12 in shutout of Colorado
Michigan Live | Aug 4