Tigers 2, Royals 1
The pressure was on after a very poor week and month in Detroit and a bad night for Ausmus on Wednesday, but Anibal Sanchez (12 GS, 69.2 IP, 2.33 ERA, 2.45 FIP, 2.2 fWAR) came to the rescue with an easy seven innings in which he allowed a single run without a single strikeout. The Royals nabbed a run in the first but he shut the door and gave the offense a shot which they took on a Cabrera double and Martinez homer in the bottom of the 4th. Remarkably, the bullpen didn’t allow any runs and the Tigers won a game in which Miguel Cabrera was thrown out trotting back to second base on an amazing play by Escobar. After a dreadful stretch, a good clean win without much drama was just want the doctor ordered before a 9 game trip. The first of which will see Rick Porcello (13 GS, 82.2 IP, 4.03 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 1.2 fWAR) on the hill.
The Moment: JD Martinez makes a terrific running catch in foul ground.