Braves no match for Sanchez in 10-0 loss to Tigers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm •  Published: April 26, 2013
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DETROIT (AP) — After an impressive start to the season, Paul Maholm finally had a game to forget.

Of course, even if Maholm had pitched well, the Atlanta Braves probably wouldn't have had much of a chance.

Detroit's Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight marvelous innings, confounding the Braves in a dazzling performance Friday night and leading the Tigers to a 10-0 victory. Sanchez set a team record for strikeouts before being pulled before the ninth with 121 pitches.

"He was pretty good and we weren't," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That does it boys. That's all I got for you."

That's about all there was to say from an Atlanta standpoint.

Maholm (3-2) allowed eight runs in 3 2-3 innings after giving up only three in his first four starts. Detroit's Matt Tuiasosopo homered and drove in a career-high five runs.

Sanchez (3-1) allowed five hits and one walk.

Comerica Park is no stranger to high strikeout totals — but not even Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer has had a game like this for the Tigers. Sanchez kept the Braves off balance all night, striking out at least two hitters in every inning except the fourth.

"I don't think too much about strikeouts and records and things like that," Sanchez said. "I prefer getting some zeros."

Several of his strikeouts came when he got Atlanta hitters to chase balls down around the dirt. He got Dan Uggla four times and Freddie Freeman and Juan Francisco three times each.

"He was really good. I don't even know if he missed a spot," Uggla said. "Everything was moving, cutting and sinking."

Victor Martinez and Torii Hunter had three hits each for the Tigers.

Tuiasosopo entered the game with 16 RBIs in a major league career that began with Seattle in 2008. He was a somewhat surprising addition to Detroit's roster out of spring training, but he's hit well in limited action with the Tigers.