Tigers' Sanchez one-hits the Twins, who lose 10th straight

Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez lost a no-hitter when Joe Mauer singled with one out in the ninth.

 

– After striking out Justin Morneau to end the game, Anibal Sanchez slammed his fist in his glove, then swung his arm in front of him as if to signal ‘‘close but not quite.’’

Sanchez was on his way to the second no-hitter of his career but couldn’t get past Joe Mauer, the unofficial no-hitter breakup artist.

Mauer’s one-out single in the ninth ended Sanchez’s no-hit bid, saved the Twins from being no-hit for the second consecutive season and crushed an announced crowd of 39,789 at Comerica Park, fans who were on their feet and ready to celebrate history.

Detroit eased to a 6-0 victory, however, handing the Twins their 10th consecutive loss, their longest losing streak since losing 11 in a row in September 2011.

Afterward, Sanchez praised Mauer, the three-time batting champion who, at .324, is the leading hitter among active players.

‘‘He’s one of the best,’’ Sanchez said. ‘‘It’s really hard to face this guy four times or five times and dominate. He’s so smart. Everybody knows who’s Mauer.’’

What Sanchez didn’t know is that Mauer now has broken up three no-hit bids in the ninth inning. He singled off the Rangers’ Neftali Feliz on Aug. 23, 2010, at Texas as he tried to finish off a combined no-hitter started by Rich Harden. And Mauer doubled off Gavin Floyd on May 6, 2008, in Chicago to crush his no-hit dreams.

‘‘Any time I go up there I try to get a hit, get on base, do something on the offensive side,’’ Mauer said. ‘‘Got one hit, it doesn’t take away from what he did out there tonight. Sanchez was great, and we still lost.’’

Mauer reached on a fielder’s choice and struck out twice before batting in the ninth as Tigers fans leaned on him with their voices. Sanchez threw an 80-miles-per-hour curveball that Mauer laced into center for the Tiger-deflating hit.

Sanchez finished with the one hit, three walks and 12 strikeouts and still was surrounded by teammates after the final out.

Sanchez’s one no-hitter of his career came on Sept. 6, 2006, when he was a rookie.

‘‘Congratulations to him,’’ Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. ‘‘That was a hell of a ballgame. Fortunately, Joe came up and got us a hit. Unfortunately for [Sanchez].’’

Sanchez’s 92-mph fastball, curveball and slider overwhelmed Twins hitters most of the night. Jamey Carroll, Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar drew walks, but that was it until Mauer saved the team from being on the wrong side of history.

Sanchez retired 18 consecutive Twins at one point. The hardest-hit ball was Morneau’s rope in the seventh inning that shortstop Jhonny Peralta caught after taking one step to his left. Sanchez improved to 5-4 with a 2.38 ERA.

‘‘Carroll, first batter, led off the game with a walk and had a good at-bat,’’ Parmelee said. ‘‘I kind of said to myself, ‘[Sanchez] might not have it tonight.’ He definitely proved me wrong. He had his stuff tonight.’’

Offensively, the Tigers scored three runs in the second, taking advantage of a couple of defensive miscues by Twins righthander Samuel Deduno. Don Kelly added a two-run homer in the third and Omar Infante added an RBI single in the sixth. Deduno, making his season debut, took the loss, giving up six earned runs over 5⅓ innings.

The Twins left Comerica Park relieved that they weren’t no-hit — but Mauer’s single couldn’t wipe out a losing streak.

  • related content

  • Photo gallery: Detroit 6, Twins 0

    Friday May 24, 2013

    MLB action from Detroit, Friday, May 24.

  • Minor league report: Romero promoted, Rosario benched

    Saturday May 25, 2013

    A look around the Twins' minor league system

  • Chart: Top MLB draft prospects

    Saturday May 25, 2013

    Draft watchThe June 6 draft is approaching, and the Twins have the No. 4 overall pick. Here’s an update on...

  • Twins notes: Arcia sent down; Walters to start Saturday

    Saturday May 25, 2013

    The Twins announced after Friday’s game that outfielder Oswaldo Arcia will be sent down to Class AAA Rochester in order to make room for righthander P.J. Walters, who will start...

  • Chart: Twins losing streaks of 10 losses or more

    Friday May 24, 2013

    Double digitsThe Twins have lost at least 10 games in a row for the seventh time. Those streaks:Games Year Opposition14 1982 Baltimore (2), Yankees...

  • Friday's Twins-Tigers game recap

    Friday May 24, 2013

    GAME RECAPImpact playerAnibal Sanchez, TigersThe righthander settled for a one-hitter, walking three while striking out 12.BY THE NUMBERS3 Times in...

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, center, greets teammat...

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez throws during the fifth...

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

New England 2/1/15 5:30 PM
Seattle
Milwaukee 107 4th Qtr 4:55
Orlando 85
New York 74 4th Qtr 3:13
Indiana 101
Denver 35 3rd Qtr
Memphis 50
Chicago 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Montreal 0 3rd Prd 18:06
NY Rangers 0
Winnipeg 2 3rd Prd 15:54
Philadelphia 3
Boston 4 3rd Prd 14:12
NY Islanders 2
Arizona 0 2nd Prd :50
Toronto 1
Dallas 3 2nd Prd 2:30
Ottawa 2
Detroit 1 2nd Prd 2:24
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 2 3rd Prd
Florida 2
Nashville 1 2nd Prd 18:53
St. Louis 0
Minnesota 8:00 PM
Calgary
Buffalo 8:30 PM
Edmonton
Anaheim 9:00 PM
San Jose
DePaul 72 FINAL
Providence 83
Michigan State 71 FINAL
Rutgers 51
Boston Univ 67 FINAL
Army 71
Fla Atlantic 61 FINAL
Charlotte 86
Youngstown St 72 1st OT
Detroit 72
East Tenn St 55 FINAL
Furman 59
Saint Louis 54 2nd Half 0:30
George Mason 64
USC Upstate 78 FINAL
Jacksonville 65
High Point 72 FINAL
Liberty 53
Central Conn St 55 FINAL
Long Island 67
Western Ky 56 FINAL
Louisiana Tech 69
Dayton 64 FINAL
Massachusetts 66
Chattanooga 68 1st OT 2:20
Mercer 74
Wofford 58 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 42
Maryland 56 FINAL
Ohio State 80
FIU 56 FINAL
Old Dominion 71
Fair-Dickinson 65 FINAL
Robert Morris 87
Mount St Marys 67 1st OT 1:00
St Francis-NY 67
Bryant 68 FINAL
St Francis-PA 75
Northern Ky 75 FINAL
Stetson 85
Coll of Charleston 70 2nd Half 0:03
Towson 73
Western Carolina 85 FINAL
Va Military 70
Sacred Heart 64 FINAL
Wagner 75
Lipscomb 62 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 78
Kennesaw St 67 FINAL
North Florida 86
Appalachian St 37 2nd Half 3:45
Ga Southern 76
Holy Cross 36 2nd Half 7:50
Loyola-Maryland 47
Eastern Ill 45 2nd Half 3:35
UT Martin 75
Jacksonville St 37 2nd Half 17:50
Belmont 50
Connecticut 22 2nd Half 19:28
Cincinnati 32
Rider 25 2nd Half 19:31
Saint Peters 23
SIU Edwardsville 44 2nd Half 16:49
SE Missouri St 37
Marshall 40 2nd Half 15:39
Southern Miss 25
Tenn Tech 32 2nd Half 14:20
Tennessee St 41
Middle Tennessee 38 2nd Half
TX-San Antonio 31
Ill-Chicago 40 2nd Half 16:20
Milwaukee 34
Weber State 34 2nd Half 15:51
North Dakota 39
Denver 29 2nd Half 17:21
North Dakota St 21
IUPU-Ft Wayne 44 2nd Half 13:58
South Dakota 35
Louisiana 45 2nd Half 18:45
South Alabama 38
Ark-Little Rock 28 1st Half 3:30
Arkansas State 36
Georgia State 30 1st Half 3:13
Texas-Arlington 32
ULM 6 1st Half 11:07
Troy 13
Portland 8:00 PM
Gonzaga
Kentucky 5 1st Half 18:30
Missouri 0
Eastern Ky 6 1st Half 18:12
Murray State 1
UAB 2 1st Half 18:35
Texas-El Paso 0
Idaho State 0 1st Half 18:35
Northern Colorado 0
UMKC 8:00 PM
Grand Canyon
Chicago State 8:05 PM
Utah Valley U
Colorado 8:30 PM
USC
Cal Poly 9:00 PM
UC Irvine
Hawaii 9:00 PM
CS-Northridge
Pepperdine 9:00 PM
Pacific
Santa Clara 9:00 PM
San Diego
Utah 9:00 PM
UCLA
UC Santa Barbara 9:00 PM
UC Davis
Montana 9:05 PM
Portland State
Montana State 9:05 PM
Sacramento St
Long Beach State 9:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
Loyola Marymount 9:30 PM
St Marys-CA
San Francisco 10:00 PM
BYU
California 10:00 PM
Washington St
Louisiana 47 FINAL
South Alabama 57
Saint Josephs 51 FINAL
Saint Louis 52
Appalachian St 77 FINAL
Georgia Southern 74
Niagara 58 FINAL
Saint Peters 65
Old Dominion 80 FINAL
FIU 67
Southern Miss 65 FINAL
Marshall 67
Georgia State 45 FINAL
TX-Arlington 57
Ark-Little Rock 69 FINAL
Arkansas State 70
ULM 51 FINAL
Troy 90
Pittsburgh 45 FINAL
(17) Duke 62
(6) Tennessee 73 FINAL
(10) Kentucky 72
Nebraska Omaha 59 FINAL
IUPU-Ft Wayne 70
UC-Riverside 68 FINAL
CS-Northridge 56
Army 65 FINAL
Boston U 40
New Orleans 40 FINAL
Nicholls 56
Charlotte 68 FINAL
Florida Atlantic 71
Towson 54 FINAL
Delaware 72
Hofstra 66 FINAL
Northeastern 45
New Hampshire 56 FINAL
Maine 87
Albany 89 FINAL
Vermont 48
Hartford 60 FINAL
Stony Brook 58
UNC-Wilmington 62 FINAL
William & Mary 67
Alabama 54 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 85
(23) Syracuse 58 FINAL
(8) Louisville 78
Missouri 68 FINAL
Florida 52
Iona 66 FINAL
Fairfield 77
Manhattan 38 FINAL
Marist 77
NC State 63 FINAL
Virginia 71
(4) Notre Dame 74 FINAL
Virginia Tech 50
(22) Rutgers 58 FINAL
Purdue 49
(5) Maryland 91 FINAL
Michigan 65
Milwaukee 58 FINAL
Cleveland State 67
Wright State 108 FINAL
Oakland 89
Jacksonville 64 FINAL
USC Upstate 66
North Florida 40 FINAL
Kennesaw St 46
Stetson 62 FINAL
Northern Ky 68
(24) Oklahoma 68 1st OT 2:20
(14) Texas 70
Clemson 58 2nd Half 1:28
Wake Forest 60
Loyola-Maryland 57 FINAL
Holy Cross 51
Lamar 69 2nd Half 8:01
Sam Houston St 56
Fla Gulf Coast 64 2nd Half 3:27
Lipscomb 49
Vanderbilt 19 2nd Half 20:00
(18) Miss State 30
IUPUI 32 2nd Half 17:44
Western Ill 44
Abilene Christian 28 2nd Half 15:59
Houston Baptist 38
Incarnate Word 35 2nd Half 15:37
TX A&M-CC 40
McNeese State 42 2nd Half 15:37
SE Louisiana 33
Oral Roberts 24 2nd Half 17:11
South Dakota St 46
Louisiana Tech 33 2nd Half 20:00
Western Ky 32
TX-San Antonio 28 2nd Half 17:17
Middle Tennessee 32
Texas-El Paso 35 2nd Half 14:45
UAB 41
Auburn 22 2nd Half 16:23
Arkansas 35
Grand Canyon 30 2nd Half 15:58
UMKC 31
Illinois 37 2nd Half 17:18
(15) Nebraska 32
(20) Iowa 65 2nd Half 17:51
Northwestern 44
Utah Valley U 27 2nd Half
Chicago State 26
Green Bay 48 2nd Half 15:58
Valparaiso 26
Ole Miss 8:00 PM
LSU
North Dakota 8:00 PM
Weber State
Portland State 0 1st Half 18:56
Montana 4
Sacramento St 0 1st Half 17:55
Montana State 6
Ohio State 15 1st Half 16:00
Wisconsin 2
Northern Colorado 0 1st Half 19:08
Idaho State 4
BYU 9:00 PM
San Francisco
St Marys-CA 9:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
Pacific 9:00 PM
Pepperdine
Cal-Irvine 9:00 PM
UC Santa Barbara
San Diego 9:00 PM
Santa Clara
UC Davis 9:00 PM
Cal Poly
Long Beach St 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How optimistic are you about the 2015 Twins?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close