Detroit, MI (WKZO) – Coming off his worst start of the year, Anibal Sanchez finished just two outs away from his second career no hitter but still walked away with a complete game shutout as the Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-0 for back to back wins over the Twins and their fourth win in a row.
Sanchez struck out 12 and set down 18 Twins in a row at one point but did walk three batters and allowed just the ninth inning hit to Joe Mauer before retiring the final two batters for his fifth win of the year and first complete game.
Miguel Cabrera capped off a three run second inning for the Tigers with a two RBI single following an Omar Infante bases loaded walk. Don Kelly hit his second home run of the year, a two run shot, in the third inning increasing the Tigers lead to 5-0. Infante later singled home Avisail Garcia in the sixth for the last Tiger run.
Samuel Deduno made his first career start and was rocked early but settled down before being replaced with one out in the sixth. Deduno allowed all six runs and struck out two and walked three.
Andy Dirks had three hits.
Tigers and Twins return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon with first pitch set for 4:10pm. Doug Fister (5-1, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Tigers. P.J. Walters makes his season debut for the Twins.