Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight marvelous innings for Detroit, confounding the Braves in a dazzling performance as the Tigers beat Atlanta, 10-0, in an interleague matchup Friday night.
Sanchez set a team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, and he had a mathematical chance of tying the major league mark of 20 when he was pulled after eight innings and 121 pitches. Sanchez (3-1) took off his hat as he was leaving the field following the top of the eighth, acknowledging a huge ovation at Comerica Park after he struck out Dan Uggla, his final hitter.
Paul Maholm (3-2) allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings after giving up only three in his first four starts.
NATIONALS 1, REDS 0: Jordan Zimmermann was terrific in his second complete game of the season and Washington limited Cincinnati to one hit for the second straight game. Zimmermann (4-1) struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career games against The Reds. The right-hander needed only 91 pitches to record his third career complete game. It was the first time the Reds managed just one hit in consecutive games since July 5-6, 1900, against Brooklyn, according to research by the Elias Sports Bureau that the team provided. The Houston Astros from Sept. 14-15, 2008, were the last major league team with such a streak.
PHILLIES 4, METS 0: Kyle Kendrick pitched the best game of his career, throwing a three-hitter for Philadelphia and getting home-run help from Ryan Howard. The Phillies ended their three-game skid and dropped New York under .500 for the first time this season. Kendrick (2-1) scattered three singles and didn’t permit a runner beyond second base.
ROCKIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3: Troy Tulowitzki hit a bases-loaded double with two out in the fifth inning, leading Colorado to the victory. Michael Cuddyer had two-out, two-run single in the first, and Wilin Rosario added a solo homer in the sixth for the Rockies.
PADRES 2, GIANTS 1: Andrew Cashner pitched six effective innings and contributed a big hit at the plate, helping the San Diego to the win. Cashner (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out five and walked one. He retired the last 12 batters he faced. Cashner also picked up his second major league hit and scored San Diego’s first run in its two-run third inning.
CUBS 4, MARLINS 2: Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power Chicago to back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Rizzo’s second career two-homer game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven. Scott Feldman (1-3) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings.
DODGERS 7, BREWERS 5: Adrian Gonzalez drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-out double in the seventh inning, Carl Crawford homered and Los Angeles beat Milwaukee. Brandon League gave up a run in the ninth, but earned his seventh save.
YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 4: David Phelps struck out a career-high nine in four innings after relieving the injured Ivan Nova, Chris Stewart threw out two baserunners to quash potential rallies, and New York held off Toronto. The Yankees’ Lyle Overbay hit a go-ahead RBI triple and Vernon Wells had a sacrifice fly off Aaron Laffey.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 3: Adrian Beltre homered and rookie Justin Grimm won his second consecutive start and Texas beat Minnesota. Lance Berkman, Nelson Cruz and Ian Kinsler each had RBI doubles for the Rangers, who won for the seventh time in their past eight games.
WHITE SOX 5, RAYS 4: Jake Peavy pitched well into the seventh and Chicago supported him with three homers to rally from a three-run deficit and beat Tampa Bay. Peavy (3-1) gave up home runs to Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria and fell behind 3-0 in the fourth, but the White Sox overpowered Rays starter Roberto Hernandez (1-4) for their first three-game winning streak of the season.
RED SOX 7, ASTROS 3: David Ross cleared the Green Monster twice with solo home runs and Ryan Dempster struck out 10 for Boston in a win over Houston. David Ortiz homered for the second straight night at Fenway Park. Erik Bedard (0-2) allowed five runs on eight hits over three innings for Houston.
ORIOLES 3, ATHLETICS 0: Wei-Yin Chen pitched eight strong innings, giving up only two hits to help Baltimore beat Oakland. Jim Johnson completed the three-hitter by getting the final three outs for his ninth save. The Orioles have won seven of their last nine games while the A’s have dropped seven of eight. Chen (2-2) was brilliant, not allowing a runner to reach third base. He struck out five and walked two.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 3: Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers and C.J. Wilson worked out of a pair of bases-loaded jams to lift Los Angeles. Wilson (2-0) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine.