Cleveland at Detroit

W: A. Sanchez (6-8) L: J. Masterson (7-10)
HR: CLE - None   DET - P. Fielder (18)

Fielder backs Sanchez for first Tigers win wire reports

DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez watched Prince Fielder crush a couple of balls -- and the scene looked awfully familiar.

"That guy is incredible. I saw this guy when he was in Milwaukee," Sanchez said. "I know what he's got, so it's really good being on the same team."

Fielder homered and drove in four runs, helping Sanchez win for the first time with the Tigers in Detroit's 10-2 rout of the Cleveland Indians on Friday night. Fielder also hit a two-run double. He has 77 RBI in his first year with the Tigers after leaving the Brewers in the offseason.

Sanchez (1-1), acquired July 23 in a trade with the Miami Marlins, allowed one earned run in six-plus innings.

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The Indians, who designated outfielder Johnny Damon for assignment before the game, lost their seventh straight. Justin Masterson (7-10) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out four.

Fielder and Miguel Cabrera had three hits each for Detroit.

"I think we're just getting good pitches and not missing them -- that seems to be what happens," Fielder said. "See it, hit it, pretty much. That's what is easiest for me."

The Tigers returned home after a 3-6 trip and immediately snapped out of their funk. Fielder's double in the third inning went off the wall in right-center and gave Detroit a 3-1 lead. The Tigers broke the game open with four runs in the fourth.

Quintin Berry hit an RBI double with two outs, Cabrera drove Berry home with a single to make it 5-1, and Fielder followed with a two-run homer to right, his 18th of the season.

Andy Dirks and Alex Avila hit RBI singles in the sixth for Detroit.

The reeling Indians have shaken things up this week, cutting right-hander Derek Lowe and then Damon. Ezequiel Carrera, called up to replace Damon, had a rough night in left field. In the second, he misplayed Avila's line drive into an RBI double. Carrera appeared to be fighting the glare -- with his sunglasses still flipped up.

Cleveland tied it with an unearned run in the third, but Detroit quickly pulled away.

Sanchez allowed five runs in six innings in his Tigers debut a week earlier at Toronto, but he looked comfortable at Comerica Park, especially after Detroit took a big lead. Sanchez allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out five.

The right-hander got a nice ovation in his home debut when he left during the seventh inning.

"The players told me about the fans here. It's incredible," Sanchez said. "I don't have exactly words to express that."

In his last two starts, Masterson has allowed 15 earned runs and 17 hits in 9 2/3 innings.

"It's really disappointing to let my team down. The biggest thing is that I wanted to set a tone and help us turn this around, and that didn't happen," Masterson said. "On the bright side, my wife just told me that all her past and future profits from her cookie business are going to charity, so that brightens things up."

Detroit outfielder Andy Dirks was activated from the disabled list before the game. He had been out since May 31 with right Achilles tendinitis. He had two hits and a walk on Friday.

Cleveland has lost seven straight for the first time since June 2010.


  • Tigers RHP Al Alburquerque was transferred from Class A Lakeland to Triple-A Toledo as part of his injury rehabilitation assignment. The reliever is recovering from right elbow surgery.
  • Detroit RHP Doug Fister (5-7) takes the mound against Cleveland RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (8-10) on Saturday night in a matchup of starters acquired for the stretch run in 2011.
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Prince Fielder blasts a home run and drives in four, upping his RBI total to 77 in his inaugural Tigers season.  (Getty Images)
Prince Fielder blasts a home run and drives in four, upping his RBI total to 77 in his inaugural Tigers season. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

M. Cabrera
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Cleveland Indians
Jason Kipnis, 2B5021021 .268
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS4010003 .280
    Brent Lillibridge, SS0000000 .183
Shin-Soo Choo, RF4011013 .290
Carlos Santana, C3000121 .235
Michael Brantley, CF3010012 .288
    Vinny Rottino, LF1000000 .158
Jose Lopez, DH4010011 .248
Casey Kotchman, 1B4010012 .225
Jack Hannahan, 3B3100111 .235
Ezequiel Carrera, LF-CF4120010 .500
2B - Jason Kipnis (14, Sanchez)
RBI - Jason Kipnis (56), Shin-Soo Choo (40)
2-OUT RBI - Shin-Soo Choo (19)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Ezequiel Carrera 1
DP - Kipnis-A. Cabrera-Kotchman
PB - Carlos Santana (7)
E - Asdrubal Cabrera (13, Throwing)
Cleveland Indians
Justin Masterson (L,7-10) 41077441 4.78
Jeremy Accardo 2633100 4.58
Cody Allen 2000130 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Masterson 81-48, Jeremy Accardo 36-24, Cody Allen 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Masterson 4-3, Jeremy Accardo 3-2, Cody Allen 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Masterson 25, Jeremy Accardo 12, Cody Allen 7
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF3110214 .318
Quintin Berry, LF5221022 .285
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5231002 .326
    Jhonny Peralta, SS0000000 .258
Prince Fielder, 1B4234101 .308
Brennan Boesch, DH5120012 .248
Andy Dirks, RF4121101 .333
Alex Avila, C5022024 .244
Ramon Santiago, SS-2B3100211 .216
Omar Infante, 2B-3B3011001 .280
2B - Quintin Berry (6, Masterson), Prince Fielder (23, Masterson), Alex Avila (15, Masterson)
3B - Omar Infante (4, Accardo)
HR - Prince Fielder (18, Masterson)
SF - Omar Infante (3)
RBI - Quintin Berry (24), Miguel Cabrera (88), Prince Fielder 4 (77), Andy Dirks (17), Alex Avila 2 (30), Omar Infante (34)
2-OUT RBI - Quintin Berry (6), Miguel Cabrera (31), Prince Fielder 2 (30)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Infante-Fielder
E - Andy Dirks (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
Anibal Sanchez (W,6-8) 6821250 3.99
Darin Downs 2100030 1.86
Brayan Villarreal 1000020 1.32
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 105-65, Darin Downs 29-20, Brayan Villarreal 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 9-3, Darin Downs 2-1
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Darin Downs 7, Brayan Villarreal 3
Game Information
Attendance - 41502
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook