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Diamondbacks lose 11-5 to Tigers

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks rallied after a shaky start.

They couldn't finish it off, unable to add on runs or stop one of baseball's best hitters when they needed to.

Cahill labored in his second start since returning to the rotation and Miguel Cabrera hit a hope-ending three-run homer in the eighth inning, sending the Diamondbacks to an 11-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.

"We have been great about that, no question about it," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of coming back. "They felt us coming and we had a good attitude and put up some good at-bats."

Detroit had more productive ones.

Austin Jackson had the first one, a three-run double in the fourth inning as the Tigers roughed up Cahill (1-7) for seven runs in four innings.

Arizona clawed its way back against Anibal Sanchez (7-4), though, scoring three runs off him in the fifth and two more over the next two innings.

With Tigers clinging to a two-run lead with two on and no outs in the seventh inning, Joba Chamberlain replaced Sanchez and needed one pitch to escape a jam he created by Sanchez.

That set the stage for Cabrera in the eighth and the Triple Crown winner came through, fouling off a couple of pitches from Matt Stites before hitting his 15th homer off the foul pole in left.

Alex Avila had three RBIs and Rajai Davis had three of Detroit's 13 hits to improve the best road record in baseball to 30-17.

"The hitters, they did their job," Sanchez said. "They give me enough runs to get the win."

Sanchez followed up a strong start against Kansas City with a shaky one against Cleveland, allowing four runs in six innings his last start.

The right-hander has been good on the road this season and was sharp early against the Diamondbacks with a big lead.

That changed in the fifth inning, when Gerado Parra and Martin Prado hit consecutive doubles then Gregorius splashed a two-run homer into the pool in right-center to cut Detroit's lead to 7-3.

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