"The one thing he wasn't doing was leaving anything over the middle -- nothing over the middle," Hosmer said of Sanchez. "He was missing just off, a lot of close pitches, close calls for the umpire. He was pretty effective.
"It was getting late. I know everyone started to notice [the no-hit bid] around the sixth or seventh inning. It just felt like it took a load off us, and then [Alex Gordon] got the big swing to tie things up and it kind of sparked a whole new energy."
Hosmer made sure of that in the ninth. After Lorenzo Cain singled to right off Tigers reliever Shane Greene, Hosmer stepped into a pitch and drove it into the seats in right for a two-run homer, his 17th.
"A cutter inside," Hosmer said of the pitch. "That's the advantage of having Cain hitting in front of me: You know they don't want to miss low with the threat of him running. I was ready to swing early. I missed the first one and caught the second one."
It was Hosmer's second homer in two days and may signal that he is finally coming out of a dreadful slump that has hampered him since the All-Star Game. Hosmer had been hitting just .190 since the Midsummer Classic prior to Tuesday's game, the third of the Royals' four straight wins.
"I don't even remember my whole career coming into this place and sweeping a series," said Hosmer, whose career began in 2011. "It's a tough place to play and a tough lineup and a tough team. The way we are playing now is good team ball. We've got good pitching and timely hits. That's what makes us a good team.
"Everyone realizes that if we're going to make this comeback, you can't think too far ahead. Stay in the moment and take it day to day. I think we're approaching it really good. We come in each day and worry about the day, and take care of business."