Sanchez, Blue Jays pitch 2nd shutout in row, top Tigers 3-0

TORONTO (AP) Three games into the season, Blue Jays starting pitchers have yet to allow a single run.

Aaron Sanchez and four relievers combined to pitch Toronto's second straight shutout, leading the Blue Jays over the Detroit Tigers 3-0.

''I was just trying to match what the other two guys did the two days before me,'' Sanchez said.

Toronto got seven shutout innings from Marcus Stroman on opening day, but lost 2-0 in 10 innings. Toronto won 6-0 Friday behind seven scoreless innings from newcomer Matt Shoemaker.

Sanchez (1-0) allowed three singles, struck out six and walked three in five innings.

''He was outstanding,'' Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. ''He was in control the whole time.''

Sanchez's outing extended Toronto's record streak of consecutive scoreless innings to begin the season to 19. The previous record was eight, set by Jack Morris in 1992.

The AL ERA champion in 2016, Sanchez struggled with persistent blister issues in 2017, then suffered a bizarre injury last June when the middle finger on his pitching hand got caught inside a suitcase.

''It's great to have him healthy,'' Toronto slugger Justin Smoak said.

The Blue Jays threw just three shutouts all of last season, the second fewest in the majors. Detroit was last with two.

The Tigers were blanked an MLB-leading 18 times in 2018. They've scored in only one of 28 innings so far this season.

''Kind of a scuffle offensively,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''I have confidence in these guys. We've got some really good hitters in this lineup. These things happen.''

Detroit's two runs through the first three games of the season are their fewest since 2003, when they also had two. The Tigers lost 119 games that season, a franchise-worst.

Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera left after being hit on the right hand by a pitch from Sanchez to begin the sixth. X-rays were negative.

''We'll see how he is tomorrow'' Gardenhire said.

Cabrera had been scheduled to start as the designated hitter in the series finale. The slugger flashed a thumbs-up when asked afterward how his hand was feeling.

Smoak hit a two-run homer and that was plenty for the Blue Jays. Toronto limited Detroit to five hits.

Left-hander Tim Mayza replaced Sanchez after Cabrera was hit. Mazya struck out Jeimer Candelario and walked Niko Goodrum before both runners advanced on Christin Stewart's groundout. Righty Daniel Hudson came on and fanned Grayson Greiner to end the inning.

Hudson pitched one inning, Joe Biagini went 1 1/3 innings and Ken Giles finished for his first save.

Detroit right-hander Spencer Turnbull was perfect through three innings before Brandon Drury doubled to lead off the fourth. Billy McKinney followed with an RBI single but was thrown out trying to advance to second. Teoscar Hernandez walked before Smoak lined a homer into Toronto's left field bullpen, his first.

Turnbull (0-1) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five.

''I made most of my pitches,'' Turnbull said. ''There were several in the fourth I wish I could take back.''

MIGGY'S MILESTONE

Cabrera's single in the first was his first of the season and the 2,677th of his career, tying Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio for second most by a Venezuelan-born player. Only Omar Vizquel (2,877) has more.

WATER WOES

Buckets were placed below a leak that was dripping onto the warning track in right center field before the game, and blowers were used to dry the turf before first pitch. At least two other leaks were dripping into the seating areas. Last April, the Blue Jays had to postpone a game against Kansas City after chunks of ice falling off the nearby CN Tower punctured holes in the stadium roof. A large-scale roof repair is ongoing, and is expected to last until June.

BLANK TO BLANK

Toronto last posted consecutive shutouts in September 2016, doing it against the New York Yankees.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: RHP Drew VerHagen (right shoulder) threw a bullpen at Detroit's spring training facility in Florida on Friday. VerHagen could be activated before Thursday's home opener.

Blue Jays: INF Richard Urena made his first start of the season as 2B Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got the day off.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Matt Moore is 5-3 with a 3.81 ERA in 12 career games against Toronto.

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton will make his major league debut. He starts in place of LHP Ryan Borucki (elbow), who is on the 10-day injured list.

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  • W: A. Sanchez (1-0)L: S. Turnbull (0-1)S: K. Giles (1)
  • HR: TOR - J. Smoak (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Harrison 2B30100101.091.231.091.3222.0
N. Castellanos RF40100033.364.417.6361.053-0.5
M. Cabrera 1B20200000.222.364.222.5863.0
M. Mahtook PR-CF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Candelario 3B40000025.083.083.083.167-1.0
N. Goodrum CF-1B30000122.111.273.222.4950.0
C. Stewart DH30000122.111.273.444.7170.0
G. Greiner C40100013.125.125.125.2500.5
D. Peterson LF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
G. Beckham SS30000121.000.250.000.2500.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Drury 3B41100012.250.250.500.7502.5
    B. McKinney RF30110111.286.375.286.6612.5
    T. Hernandez LF21000212.200.333.200.5332.5
    J. Smoak 1B31121101.273.333.545.8798.0
    D. Jansen C40100001.143.143.143.2861.0
    R. Tellez DH10000000.000.400.000.4001.0
    a- R. Grichuk PH-DH10000001.000.200.000.2001.0
    K. Pillar CF40000015.000.000.000.000-0.5
    F. Galvis SS40100013.300.300.400.7001.5
    R. Urena 2B20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
    • a-flied out for Tellez in the 6th
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), J. Candelario 2 (2), N. Goodrum 2 (2), G. Greiner 2 (2), G. Beckham
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Drury, F. Galvis
    • HR - J. Smoak
    • SH - R. Urena
    • RBI - B. McKinney, J. Smoak 2 (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, T. Hernandez 2 (2), K. Pillar 2 (2), F. Galvis 3 (3)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Turnbull (L, 0-1)5.04332515.401.203.5
    D. Norris2.12002000.001.712.0
    V. Alcantara0.20000100.000.600.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Turnbull (L, 0-1)5.0
    D. Norris2.1
    V. Alcantara0.2
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)5.03003600.001.2019.0
    T. Mayza (H, 1)0.20001100.001.50-0.5
    D. Hudson (H, 1)1.01000209.001.503.0
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
    K. Giles (S, 1)1.01000200.000.5010.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)5.0
    T. Mayza (H, 1)0.2
    D. Hudson (H, 1)1.0
    J. Biagini (H, 1)1.1
    K. Giles (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Turnbull, V. Alcantara
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 91-54, D. Norris 36-22, V. Alcantara 8-5
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 4-5, D. Norris 3-4
    • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 21, D. Norris 11, V. Alcantara 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - A. Sanchez
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 90-55, T. Mayza 12-7, D. Hudson 21-14, J. Biagini 23-12, K. Giles 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-4, T. Mayza 1-0, J. Biagini 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, T. Mayza 3, D. Hudson 4, J. Biagini 4, K. Giles 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Harrison 2B30100101.091.231.091.3222.0
    N. Castellanos RF40100033.364.417.6361.053-0.5
    M. Cabrera 1B20200000.222.364.222.5863.0
    M. Mahtook PR-CF10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    J. Candelario 3B40000025.083.083.083.167-1.0
    N. Goodrum CF-1B30000122.111.273.222.4950.0
    C. Stewart DH30000122.111.273.444.7170.0
    G. Greiner C40100013.125.125.125.2500.5
    D. Peterson LF40000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    G. Beckham SS30000121.000.250.000.2500.0
    Total31050041318-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Drury 3B41100012.250.250.500.7502.5
      B. McKinney RF30110111.286.375.286.6612.5
      T. Hernandez LF21000212.200.333.200.5332.5
      J. Smoak 1B31121101.273.333.545.8798.0
      D. Jansen C40100001.143.143.143.2861.0
      R. Tellez DH10000000.000.400.000.4001.0
      a- R. Grichuk PH-DH10000001.000.200.000.2001.0
      K. Pillar CF40000015.000.000.000.000-0.5
      F. Galvis SS40100013.300.300.400.7001.5
      R. Urena 2B20100010.500.500.5001.0000.5
      Total2836314616-----
      • a-flied out for Tellez in the 6th
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), J. Candelario 2 (2), N. Goodrum 2 (2), G. Greiner 2 (2), G. Beckham
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Drury, F. Galvis
      • HR - J. Smoak
      • SH - R. Urena
      • RBI - B. McKinney, J. Smoak 2 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. McKinney, T. Hernandez 2 (2), K. Pillar 2 (2), F. Galvis 3 (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - N. Castellanos
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 0-1)5.04332515.401.203.5
      D. Norris2.12002000.001.712.0
      V. Alcantara0.20000100.000.600.5
      Total8.0633461---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 0-1)5.0
      D. Norris2.1
      V. Alcantara0.2
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)5.03003600.001.2019.0
      T. Mayza (H, 1)0.20001100.001.50-0.5
      D. Hudson (H, 1)1.01000209.001.503.0
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.10000200.000.004.0
      K. Giles (S, 1)1.01000200.000.5010.0
      Total9.05004130---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez (W, 1-0)5.0
      T. Mayza (H, 1)0.2
      D. Hudson (H, 1)1.0
      J. Biagini (H, 1)1.1
      K. Giles (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Turnbull, V. Alcantara
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 91-54, D. Norris 36-22, V. Alcantara 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 4-5, D. Norris 3-4
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 21, D. Norris 11, V. Alcantara 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - A. Sanchez
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 90-55, T. Mayza 12-7, D. Hudson 21-14, J. Biagini 23-12, K. Giles 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 4-4, T. Mayza 1-0, J. Biagini 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 21, T. Mayza 3, D. Hudson 4, J. Biagini 4, K. Giles 4
      • 4TH INNING
        Smoak homered to left, Hernandez scored03
        McKinney singled to right center, Drury scored, McKinney out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ken Giles relieved Joe Biagini
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Greiner singled to right
        • D. Peterson: Strike looking, Peterson flied out to deep center
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Ball, Greiner to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Goodrum lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Smoak flied out to center
        • D. Jansen: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Jansen singled to left, Hernandez to second
        • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Norris
        • R. Grichuk: Foul, Ball, Ball, Grichuk hit by pitch, Hernandez to third, Jansen to second
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pillar struck out swinging
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Galvis lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Hudson Pitching:
        • D. Peterson: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Peterson struck out swinging
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Beckham fouled out to first
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Harrison singled to center
        • Joe Biagini relieved Daniel Hudson
        • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Norris Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Galvis doubled to left center
        • R. Urena: Foul, Urena hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Galvis to third
        • B. Drury: Foul, Drury reached on fielder's choice to third, Galvis out at home, Drury to second
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, McKinney fouled out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera hit by pitch
        • Mikie Mahtook ran for Miguel Cabrera
        • Tim Mayza relieved Aaron Sanchez
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum walked, Mahtook to second
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Stewart grounded out to first, Mahtook to third, Goodrum to second
        • Daniel Hudson relieved Tim Mayza
        • G. Greiner: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Norris relieved Spencer Turnbull
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smoak walked
        • D. Jansen: Foul, Ball, Jansen fouled out to right
        • Randal Grichuk hit for Rowdy Tellez
        • R. Grichuk: Grichuk flied out to deep left
        • K. Pillar: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pillar grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • D. Peterson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Peterson grounded out to third
        • G. Beckham: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beckham struck out swinging
        • J. Harrison: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Harrison walked
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
        • R. Urena: Strike swinging, Urena singled to left
        • B. Drury: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Drury flied out to deep right
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McKinney walked, Urena to second
        • T. Hernandez: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • G. Greiner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Greiner grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Drury doubled to deep right center
        • B. McKinney: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McKinney singled to right center, Drury scored, McKinney out at second
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Smoak homered to left, Hernandez scored
        • D. Jansen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jansen grounded out to third
        • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Tellez hit by pitch
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pillar fouled out to second
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • G. Beckham: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Beckham walked
        • J. Harrison: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Harrison flied out to right
        • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to left center, Beckham to third
        • J. Candelario: Ball, Foul, Candelario flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pillar flied out to deep right
        • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Galvis grounded out to second
        • R. Urena: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
        • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Greiner grounded out to catcher, Stewart to second
        • D. Peterson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Stewart out at third, Stewart caught stealing third, catcher to third, Peterson flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Smoak grounded out to second
        • D. Jansen: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jansen grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Tellez: Tellez lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • A. Sanchez Pitching:
        • J. Harrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Harrison flied out to deep center
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos singled to right
        • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera singled to left center, Castellanos to second
        • J. Candelario: Foul, Candelario reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castellanos to third, Cabrera out at second
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • B. Drury: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Drury struck out swinging
        • B. McKinney: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, McKinney struck out on foul tip
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Hernandez popped out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)