A night for the sluggers – Cabrera and Kelly.
Tigers 6, Mariners 2 (Magic # = 6)
Anibal Sanchez (27 GS, 172 IP, 2.51 ERA, 2.49 FIP, 5.7 WAR) continued his Cy Young push tonight with 6.1 innings of 2 run baseball that featured two walks and ten strikeouts. Sanchez was his typical brilliant self and was backed by solo homeruns from Don Kelly and Miguel Cabrera and aided by a sac fly from Torii Hunter that scored Jose Iglesias in the 7th inning to put the Tigers ahead for good before they padded the lead in the 8th. On a night in which the Tigers’ wives were collecting donations for the Tigers Foundation, the Tigers collected their 88th win of the season, tying their 2012 mark with 11 games left to play. They’ll look to lock up the series on Wednesday with Justin Verlander (31 GS, 199.1 IP, 3.66 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 4.5 WAR) looking to remind his manager that he’d like to start game one of a playoff series.
The Moment: Don Kelly puts the Tigers on the board first with a solo shot.