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Tigers fall to Twins after difficult start

– Anibal Sanchez struck out the first two hitters he faced – then the trouble began.

A walk. A double. Then another walk and a single.

Suddenly, the Detroit right-hander was struggling to get out of the first inning.

Sanchez settled down eventually, but this was nothing like his 17-strikeout performance last week against Atlanta. Instead, he gave up three runs in six innings, and the Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday.

“I think Sanchy was just too excited at the start,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He was throwing too hard, and it hurt his command. He got it back because he’s an excellent pitcher.”

But Detroit could never take the lead. Scott Diamond pitched six solid innings, and the Twins snapped Detroit’s five-game winning streak.

Sanchez fanned five in the first two innings, but Minnesota scored two runs in the first and another in the second. Diamond (2-2) didn’t allow a hit until Jhonny Peralta’s single in the fifth.

The Tigers fought back after trailing 3-0, but reliever Bruce Rondon allowed two more runs in the seventh to make it 5-2. Chris Parmelee hit a solo homer in the eighth.

Detroit sent Rondon back to the minors after the game.

WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 2: In Arlington, Texas, Conor Gillaspie and Alejandro De Aza homered in the seventh inning and Chicago ended a three-game losing streak.

Chris Sale (3-2) settled down after a rough second inning to make it through seven. The left-hander struck out seven and walked two.

ANGELS 5, ATHLETICS 4: In Oakland, Calif., Mark Trumbo hit a home run for the third consecutive day, Howie Kendrick and Mike Trout also homered and Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak.

C.J. Wilson (3-0) remained undefeated despite walking a season-high five hitters.

RED SOX 10, BLUE JAYS 1: In Toronto, Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings to earn his major league-leading sixth win, andMike Napoli hit two of Boston’s five home runs in the rout.

Stephen Drew hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Napoli went back-to-back with Daniel Nava in the fourth as the Red Sox won their majors-best 19th game and improved to 8-3 away from home, the best road record in the big leagues.

YANKEES 5, ASTROS 4: In New York, Robinson Cano homered and Eduardo Nunez scored the tiebreaking run after a sixth-inning double to lift New York.

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INDIANS 6, PHILLIES 0: In Cleveland, Ryan Raburn tied a career high with four hits, and Trevor Bauer allowed one hit in five innings for his first AL.

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