Sanchez sharp again for Tigers in 6-2 win over Giants

DETROIT (AP) Anibal Sanchez is earning back the confidence of his manager.

Sanchez pitched six strong innings, and Dixon Machado hit his first career home run to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Sanchez, who pitched so poorly earlier this season that he was sent down to the minors, earned his first victory since Aug. 23, allowing two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.

The 33-year-old right-hander has posted a 3.09 ERA in four starts since returning from Triple-A Toledo.

''It's been a hard year for him, the way it's gone on the baseball field,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.

''The one thing I will say: He always came to the park in a good frame of mind. With that being said, I would think this is extremely gratifying. And he should be, because he's made a 180 turnaround.''

Sanchez (1-0) started the season pitching in relief for the Tigers, and when that didn't go well, he went to the minors for about a month before coming back to the big leagues - and the starting rotation - in the middle of June.

''It's a good story, and it's happening to a good person - which makes it a better story,'' Ausmus said.

Machado was another feel-good story Thursday. His first home run came in the 146th at-bat of his career. The 25-year-old infielder hit a two-run shot in the second that put the Tigers up 4-0.

''I wasn't trying, because when you try, you're going to hit groundballs to third base,'' Machado said. ''I was just trying to bring the run in and that happened.''

Chris Stratton (0-2) allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first career start. He took the mound after the Giants scratched right-hander Johnny Cueto before the game because of an inner ear infection.

''Johnny was prepping for the game, but he got dizzy and we just didn't feel comfortable with putting him out there,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said.

''He had some crud yesterday, but he seemed fine after going through his routine the day before he starts. It just developed overnight into an inner ear infection. We'll see how he is (Friday) and make a decision about using him before the break.''

The Tigers took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Miguel Cabrera in the first and Alex Presley in the second. Later in the second, Machado connected for his home run. Detroit players ignored him when he returned to the dugout until Nicholas Castellanos grabbed his head and started playfully rubbing it in celebration.

Presley's RBI single in the third made it 5-0. Joe Panik hit an RBI triple for the Giants in the sixth and scored on Hunter Pence's groundout.

Castellanos added an RBI single in the eighth for the game's final run. Shane Greene, Bruce Rondon and Justin Wilson each pitched a perfect inning in relief for the Tigers.

Sanchez's eight strikeouts were a season high. He didn't even reach that total in any of his Toledo starts.

''Probably I don't have the 97 again on my arm,'' Sanchez said. ''But I've got the command, and I think I want to use it.''

EMERGENCY START

Stratton, who had made nine relief appearances for the Giants since the start of last season, had five walks and one strikeout after he had to pitch on short notice.

''That's not quite how I dreamed things up, but today was still a dream come true,'' he said. ''I've always wanted to have the chance to compete at this level as a starting pitcher, and today I showed myself that I can do it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (ribs, shoulder) allowed nine runs in four innings in a rehab start for Class A San Jose on Wednesday night. He threw 76 pitches. ''He'll pitch again down there, and we'll extend him to around 90 pitches, after that start, we'll see where we're at, we'll evaluate him, and he should be ready to join our rotation,'' Bochy said.

Tigers: Detroit put LHP Daniel Norris on the 10-day DL with a strained left groin.

UP NEXT

Giants: San Francisco returns home for a three-game series with Miami before next week's All-Star break. LHP Matt Moore (3-8) starts Friday night for the Giants against RHP Dan Straily (6-4).

Tigers: Detroit visits Cleveland for three games, with RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-6) starting Friday night for the Tigers against RHP Carlos Carrasco (9-3).

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  • W: A. Sanchez (1-0)L: C. Stratton (0-2)
  • HR: DET - D. Machado (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Span CF31100010.288.340.440.7802.5
J. Panik 2B41110002.277.338.405.7435.0
H. Pence DH40110020.258.306.373.6791.0
B. Posey C40000011.326.408.502.910-0.5
B. Belt 1B40100021.236.345.463.8081.0
J. Hwang 3B40000022.227.292.409.701-1.0
B. Crawford SS30000020.223.263.362.625-1.0
A. Slater LF30000020.299.352.443.796-1.0
G. Hernandez RF30100010.238.322.298.6200.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B40000000.239.322.392.7140.0
    A. Avila 1B20000200.301.425.551.9762.0
    J. Upton LF32100102.271.356.507.8647.0
    M. Cabrera DH40110012.266.358.449.8061.5
    J. Martinez RF41100002.297.381.6231.0042.0
    N. Castellanos 3B31210100.253.318.446.7637.0
    A. Romine 3B00000000.227.295.347.6420.0
    A. Presley CF31220111.269.333.365.6997.5
    J. McCann C40000023.203.284.419.703-1.0
    D. Machado SS31121000.314.342.400.7427.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Belt (16)
      • 3B - J. Panik (3)
      • RBI - J. Panik (27), H. Pence (35)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (21)
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (6)
      • HR - D. Machado
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (40), N. Castellanos (45), A. Presley 2 (7), D. Machado 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (15), A. Presley (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Upton (6), A. Presley (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Hernandez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Stratton (L, 0-2)6.26555119.001.70-2.5
      K. Crick1.12110304.051.051.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Stratton (L, 0-2)6.2
      K. Crick1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.05220805.891.4225.0
      S. Greene (H, 10)1.00000203.261.224.0
      B. Rondon (H, 3)1.00000208.531.744.0
      J. Wilson1.00000102.480.923.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.0
      S. Greene (H, 10)1.0
      B. Rondon (H, 3)1.0
      J. Wilson1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - K. Crick 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 106-64, K. Crick 27-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 9-8, K. Crick 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 29, K. Crick 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 93-59, S. Greene 11-8, B. Rondon 10-7, J. Wilson 9-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-5, J. Wilson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 24, S. Greene 3, B. Rondon 3, J. Wilson 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Span CF31100010.288.340.440.7802.5
      J. Panik 2B41110002.277.338.405.7435.0
      H. Pence DH40110020.258.306.373.6791.0
      B. Posey C40000011.326.408.502.910-0.5
      B. Belt 1B40100021.236.345.463.8081.0
      J. Hwang 3B40000022.227.292.409.701-1.0
      B. Crawford SS30000020.223.263.362.625-1.0
      A. Slater LF30000020.299.352.443.796-1.0
      G. Hernandez RF30100010.238.322.298.6200.5
      Total3225200136-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B40000000.239.322.392.7140.0
        A. Avila 1B20000200.301.425.551.9762.0
        J. Upton LF32100102.271.356.507.8647.0
        M. Cabrera DH40110012.266.358.449.8061.5
        J. Martinez RF41100002.297.381.6231.0042.0
        N. Castellanos 3B31210100.253.318.446.7637.0
        A. Romine 3B00000000.227.295.347.6420.0
        A. Presley CF31220111.269.333.365.6997.5
        J. McCann C40000023.203.284.419.703-1.0
        D. Machado SS31121000.314.342.400.7427.0
        Total3068615410-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Belt (16)
          • 3B - J. Panik (3)
          • RBI - J. Panik (27), H. Pence (35)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Upton (21)
          • 3B - N. Castellanos (6)
          • HR - D. Machado
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (40), N. Castellanos (45), A. Presley 2 (7), D. Machado 2 (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (15), A. Presley (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Upton (6), A. Presley (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - G. Hernandez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Stratton (L, 0-2)6.26555119.001.70-2.5
          K. Crick1.12110304.051.051.5
          Total8.0866541---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Stratton (L, 0-2)6.2
          K. Crick1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.05220805.891.4225.0
          S. Greene (H, 10)1.00000203.261.224.0
          B. Rondon (H, 3)1.00000208.531.744.0
          J. Wilson1.00000102.480.923.5
          Total9.05220130---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)6.0
          S. Greene (H, 10)1.0
          B. Rondon (H, 3)1.0
          J. Wilson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - K. Crick 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Stratton 106-64, K. Crick 27-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Stratton 9-8, K. Crick 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Stratton 29, K. Crick 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - A. Sanchez (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 93-59, S. Greene 11-8, B. Rondon 10-7, J. Wilson 9-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 5-5, J. Wilson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 24, S. Greene 3, B. Rondon 3, J. Wilson 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Castellanos singled to center, Martinez scored26
          • 6TH INNING
            Pence grounded out to second, Panik scored25
            Panik tripled to deep right, Span scored15
          • 3RD INNING
            Presley singled to right, Upton scored, Castellanos to third, Presley out at second05
          • 2ND INNING
            Machado homered to left center, Presley scored04
            Presley singled to right, Castellanos scored02
          • 1ST INNING
            Cabrera singled to center, Upton scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Andrew Romine at third
            • Justin Wilson relieved Bruce Rondon
            • B. Posey: Ball, Strike swinging, Posey popped out to second
            • B. Belt: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
            • J. Hwang: Hwang grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Bruce Rondon relieved Shane Greene
            • D. Span: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Span struck out swinging
            • J. Panik: Ball, Panik lined out to second
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • K. Crick Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cabrera struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez singled to right
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Martinez to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Castellanos singled to center, Martinez scored
            • A. Presley: Strike looking, Ball, Castellanos to second on wild pitch, Foul, Foul tip, Presley struck out on foul tip
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, McCann struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Anibal Sanchez
            • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Ball, Crawford flied out to deep center
            • A. Slater: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Slater struck out looking
            • G. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to first
            • A. Avila: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Avila walked
            • Kyle Crick relieved Chris Stratton
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Upton grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. Span: Span singled to right
            • J. Panik: Ball, Panik tripled to deep right, Span scored
            • H. Pence: Ball, Foul, Pence grounded out to second, Panik scored
            • B. Posey: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Posey struck out looking
            • B. Belt: Ball, Strike looking, Belt doubled to right center
            • J. Hwang: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hwang struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Martinez lined out to left
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos lined out to center
            • A. Presley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Presley walked
            • J. McCann: Pickoff attempt, McCann reached on fielder's choice to third, Presley out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Crawford struck out on foul tip
            • A. Slater: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Slater grounded out to second
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Avila walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Upton flied out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Avila out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • H. Pence: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence singled to center
            • B. Posey: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Posey reached on fielder's choice to second, Pence out at second
            • B. Belt: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
            • J. Hwang: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hwang struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Machado lined out to right
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
            • A. Slater: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Slater struck out looking
            • G. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez singled to center
            • D. Span: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Span hit by pitch, Hernandez to second
            • J. Panik: Panik flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Upton doubled to left
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Martinez: Martinez popped out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • A. Presley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Presley singled to right, Upton scored, Castellanos to third, Presley out at second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Posey lined out to center
            • B. Belt: Ball, Belt flied out to deep right
            • J. Hwang: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hwang lined out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos tripled to left center
            • A. Presley: Foul, Presley singled to right, Castellanos scored
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Presley stole second
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado homered to left center, Presley scored
            • I. Kinsler: Kinsler flied out to left
            • A. Avila: Avila flied out to deep left
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • D. Span: Ball, Span flied out to left
            • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik grounded out to second
            • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Stratton Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to third
            • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Avila grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Upton stole second, Foul, Foul, Cabrera singled to center, Upton scored
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera out at second
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)