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DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez struck out the first two hitters he faced -- then the trouble began.
A walk. A double. Then another walk and a single.
Suddenly, the Detroit right-hander was struggling to get out of the first inning.
Sanchez settled down eventually, but this was nothing like his 17-strikeout performance last week against Atlanta. Instead, he gave up three runs in six innings, and the Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday.
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"I think Sanchy was just too excited at the start," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He was throwing too hard, and it hurt his command. He got it back, because he's an excellent pitcher."
But Detroit could never take the lead. Scott Diamond pitched six solid innings, and the Twins snapped Detroit's five-game winning streak.
Sanchez fanned five in the first two innings, but Minnesota scored two runs in the first and another in the second. Diamond (2-2) didn't allow a hit until Jhonny Peralta's single in the fifth.
Detroit sent Rondon back to the minors after the game.
Diamond allowed two runs and four hits and was pulled after 88 pitches.
"Diamond was really good. He was moving the ball from side to side and keeping us off balance," Detroit's Torii Hunter said. "I thought Anibal was really good, and he probably deserved a win today, but the offense wasn't there."
Closer Glen Perkins pitched the ninth for Minnesota in a non-save situation. He allowed singles by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder with nobody out, but Victor Martinez hit into a double play, helping Perkins out of the jam.
Sanchez allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked two. Reliever Jose Ortega struck out two in the ninth, giving the Detroit staff 11 strikeouts for the game. It was the sixth consecutive game for the Tigers with at least 10 strikeouts -- the longest streak by an American League team since at least 1921.
Sanchez struck out the first two batters of the game, but his command was poor early on. He walked Josh Willingham and allowed an RBI double by Justin Morneau. After a walk by Ryan Doumit, Parmelee hit a single to left. Morneau tried to score from second, and although Matt Tuiasosopo's throw home was a good one, catcher Brayan Pena couldn't hold onto the ball while trying to make a quick tag.
Sanchez threw 41 pitches in the first inning. Minnesota struck out three times in the second but took a 3-0 lead on Jamey Carroll's RBI double. Sanchez only pitched eight innings in the game against the Braves, so after two innings Wednesday, he had 22 strikeouts in his last 10.
Sanchez's control came around eventually, and he retired his last 11 hitters.
But Diamond didn't give up the lead. A line drive by Tuiasosopo in the second hit him in the right leg, but the left-hander recovered in time to make the play.
Diamond missed the start of the season after elbow surgery in December, but he's gone at least six innings in three of his four starts. Hunter hit an RBI single in the sixth to get Detroit on the scoreboard, and Cabrera followed with an RBI double, but Diamond retired Fielder and Martinez on groundouts to end the inning.
"I felt like I had a lot better stuff today," Diamond said. "Today was a big step in the progression toward getting back."
Aaron Hicks led off the seventh for the Twins with a triple to the right-field corner off a 101-mph fastball from Rondon. With the infield in, Pedro Florimon slapped a single up the middle to put Minnesota up 4-2.
Rondon walked two hitters to load the bases before being taken out. Darin Downs allowed an RBI single by Morneau before getting Doumit to ground into a double play to end the threat.
Parmelee's homer made it 6-2 the following inning.
|The Twins congratulate Chris Parmelee, who provides an insurance run with a HR in the eighth inning. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Dozier, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||2||3||.227|
|Jamey Carroll, 3B||4||0||1||1||1||1||0||.292|
|Josh Willingham, DH||3||1||0||0||2||3||1||.239|
|Justin Morneau, 1B||5||1||2||2||0||1||0||.261|
|Ryan Doumit, C||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.200|
|Chris Parmelee, RF||4||1||2||2||0||1||0||.236|
|Oswaldo Arcia, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.220|
|Aaron Hicks, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.120|
|Pedro Florimon, SS||4||2||2||1||0||0||1||.255|
|2B - Jamey Carroll (1, Sanchez), Justin Morneau (6, Sanchez)|
|3B - Aaron Hicks (1, Rondon)|
|HR - Chris Parmelee (2, Downs)|
|RBI - Jamey Carroll (3), Justin Morneau 2 (13), Chris Parmelee 2 (8), Pedro Florimon (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jamey Carroll (1), Justin Morneau (8), Chris Parmelee (5)|
|SB - Ryan Doumit (1, 2nd base off Sanchez/B. Pena), Pedro Florimon (2, 2nd base off Rondon/B. Pena)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Carroll-Dozier-Morneau|
|Scott Diamond (W,2-2)||6||4||2||2||1||3||0||3.97|
|Casey Fien (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.60|
|HBP - Cabrera (by Scott Diamond)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Diamond 88-56, Casey Fien 17-11, Jared Burton 15-8, Glen Perkins 13-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Diamond 11-3, Casey Fien 1-1, Glen Perkins 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Diamond 23, Casey Fien 3, Jared Burton 3, Glen Perkins 4|
|Austin Jackson, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.284|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.365|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||0||2||1||0||0||0||.371|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.302|
|Victor Martinez, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.212|
|Matt Tuiasosopo, LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.300|
|a- Andy Dirks, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.211|
|Jhonny Peralta, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.293|
|Brayan Pena, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.200|
|Ramon Santiago, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.091|
|a-flied out for Tuiasosopo in the 7th|
|2B - Austin Jackson (5, Diamond), Miguel Cabrera (7, Diamond)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter (13), Miguel Cabrera (29)|
|CS - Jhonny Peralta (1, 2nd base by Diamond/Doumit)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Cabrera-Santiago-Fielder|
|Anibal Sanchez (L,3-2)||6||5||3||3||2||9||0||1.82|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 115-75, Bruce Rondon 17-5, Darin Downs 29-16, Jose Ortega 12-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-4, Darin Downs 3-1, Jose Ortega 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 25, Bruce Rondon 5, Darin Downs 7, Jose Ortega 3|
|Attendance - 36028|
|Game Time - 2:54|
|Temperature - 73|
|Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|