DETROIT (AP) — Anibal Sanchez was outstanding for a second straight start, throwing a two-hit shutout to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.
Sanchez (5-7) struck out seven without a walk, and he did not allow a base runner after the fourth inning. The right-hander did not get off to a good start this season, but his past two outings have been a major step in the right direction. He held the Chicago Cubs scoreless for 7 2-3 innings last Tuesday.
Cincinnati starter Jon Moscot had to leave the game in the first after dislocating his non-throwing shoulder while tagging out a runner. Pedro Villarreal (0-1) pitched 3 1-3 innings of relief and kept the Reds in the game, but Detroit scored four in the sixth off Nate Adcock.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run double and J.D. Martinez added a two-run homer in that inning.
The Tigers have won six of eight after an eight-game losing streak dropped them back to .500. Detroit is still in third place in the AL Central, but an effective Sanchez would be a big help as the Tigers try to win their fifth straight division crown.
The Reds managed only two singles off Sanchez, who threw 112 pitches and faced one batter over the minimum.
Moscot was making his third career start when Cabrera hit a comebacker with one out in the first. The right-hander caught Anthony Gose between second and third, and he chased the Detroit runner all the way back to second before diving forward to tag him. Moscot was slow getting up and had to leave the game.
The Tigers opened the scoring with an unearned run in the fourth. Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-out double over Brennan Boesch’s head in left. Then Martinez hit a grounder to third that Todd Frazier threw away. The play was scored a single and an error, and Cespedes scored.
After the Tigers added four runs in the sixth, Cespedes hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it 6-0.
Reds: Moscot’s injury came on the same day Cincinnati put LHP Tony Cingrani on the DL with a strained left shoulder. That move was retroactive to Sunday. Reds SS Zack Cozart had surgery Monday on his right knee. His rehab is expected to begin Tuesday and will take approximately seven to nine months.
Tigers: Detroit reinstated RP Bruce Rondon (bicipital tendinitis) from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Toledo.
Detroit LHP Kyle Ryan (1-0) faces Cincinnati RHP Michael Lorenzen (1-2) on Tuesday night.