Sanchez, Tigers battered as they head to break
Toronto – It was almost as if the Tigers on Sunday had already begun their All-Star break.
They went quietly, very quietly, into their midseason break with a 6-1 loss to the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, losing yet another road series to a playoff-grade team the Tigers aren’t lately resembling.
The Jays got five runs in four innings against Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who once again was all over the spectrum: six strikeouts, eight hits, five runs, with the biggest of those hits a three-run home run to left-center by Josh Donaldson.
The Tigers showed no such clout against the Jays in scraping together six hits and losing for the third time in their four-game set.
The Tigers scored a run in the fifth – an inning in which they got two triples – when Mike Aviles led off with a three-bagger and scored on James McCann’s bounce-out to second base.
BOX SCORE: Blue Jays 6, Tigers 1
Ian Kinsler also tripled on a liner that slipped past Kevin Pillar and rolled to the fence. But Kinsler’s drive came with two out. Cameron Maybin, who had a pair of singles, walked to bring on Miguel Cabrera and give the Tigers a shot at making the day interesting.
Cabrera, though, who had a forgettable series against the Jays – 3-for-16 – flied out to right to quash any comeback notions.
Dustin Molleken pitched 2.2 innings of commendable relief for the Tigers, allowing no runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out three.
Kyle Ryan had a choppy eighth inning during which he was touched for three hits, a walk, and a run before Mark Lowe got the final two batters.
The Tigers get a four-day breather, carrying home a 46-43 record, ahead of re-connecting with some flickering playoff hopes when the Royals arrive for a three-game series beginning Friday at Comerica Park.