SAN DIEGO -- Hector Sanchez made good use of his first hit since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pinch-hit, two-run shot as part of a five-run eighth inning in San Diego's 7-3 victory against Detroit on Saturday. The Tigers have lost a season-high eight straight games.Sanchez was reinstated
SAN DIEGO -- Hector Sanchez made good use of his first hit since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pinch-hit, two-run shot as part of a five-run eighth inning in San Diego's 7-3 victory against Detroit on Saturday. The Tigers have lost a season-high eight straight games.
Sanchez was reinstated before Friday's series opener after being out since early May with a foot contusion. After Erick Aybar walked, Sanchez sent an 0-1 fastball from Shane Greene over Petco Park's right-field fence.
"I got ahead then I threw him another fastball,'' Greene said. "He jumped all over it and hit it out of the park.''
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The Padres' rally continued, loading the bases on a single by Carlos Asuaje followed by walks from William Myers, who hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth, and Hunter Renfroe. Cory Spangenberg sent a two-run, bases-loaded single into right before Austin Hedges laid down an RBI bunt single.
"[Closer] Brandon Maurer's been used quite a bit lately, so to get those add-on runs, get the safety squeeze down, get some battle at-bats, walks from Wil and Hunter, those are big," Padres manager Andy Green said, "because up until that point, it'd been a pretty ugly baseball game for us."
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead into the inning after Andrew Romine drove in Justin Upton with an RBI single to end a nine-pitch battle with Phil Maton in the top of the seventh. Sanchez's homer left Detroit's Anibal Sanchez with a no-decision after holding the Padres to two runs (one earned) on two hits over six innings.
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"He did a nice job,'' Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He threw well."
San Diego's Dinelson Lamet also performed well, holding the Tigers to two earned runs while pitching into the seventh inning for the first time in his young career.
"I thought Dinelson Lamet battled really, really well," Green said. "Just kind of a little bit all over the place, but it was working really, really nicely for him, and he got into the seventh that way."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Butter-fingered Friars in fifth: The Padres seemed to have trouble holding on the baseball in fifth inning, making a pair of errors as the Tigers scored twice. Romine then doubled into right, and Upton headed for home. Renfroe's strong throw was inaccurate, bounding into Detroit's dugout as Upton scored the tying run and Romine advanced to third. With the infield drawn in, Jose Iglesias grounded to Chase d'Arnaud at short. Hedges couldn't catch d'Arnaud's throw and was charged with his fifth error as the Tigers took a 2-1 lead.
"Defensively, we were sloppy," Green said. "Offensively, I don't think we put two or three strikes in play through the first six innings of the baseball game, but you play nine. Guys really rose up and finished it right."
Anib-all over the place: Sanchez kept the Padres' bats quiet, but he made a pair of wild throws in the third to give them a 1-0 lead. He hit shortstop Allen Cordoba in the left hand, causing the Padre to exit the game but giving San Diego a baserunner. d'Arnaud pinch-ran for Cordoba, stole second and scored when Sanchez's throw to third on a bunt by Lamet soared past Nicholas Castellanos.
"You see that with most teams. They play better at home. I think a lot of it has to do with being here in San Diego. The weather's the same every day. There's no humidity. I think sometimes when you go on the road, what I've seen is you get some used to hitting here, it's like you're hitting inside, and then you go on the road where there's humidity, it's a little bit different feel at the plate, but I think it's one of those things where just being here, we're more comfortable in this atmosphere, and I think that's why it leads to success. -- Myers on the Padres winning their fifth straight game at Petco Park to move over .500 at home
"For me, to the coaches, the players, we just haven't gotten it done. Simple as that. The results we've gotten in the last 10 days we should be embarrassed by." -- Ausmus on the Tigers' skid
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
After slashing .500/.500/1.214 in a series against the Reds, Padres outfielder Franchy Cordero has gone 1-for-28, including a current 0-for-23 slump. He did, however, finish Saturday's game with a career-high eight putouts.
Tigers: Righty Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 5.25) looks to continue his solid run of pitching in the series finale. Zimmermann has recorded four straight quality starts, his last one coming in Seattle when he didn't get a decision after working 6 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. First pitch is at 4:40 p.m. ET
Padres: Left-hander Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.20) carried a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning against the Cubs in his last start, but a homer by Willson Contreras tied the game before Richard exited with a no decision. A former White Sox, Richard last started against Detroit in 2009. He'll do so again at 1:40 p.m. PT.
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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday.
Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.