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Tigers wear down Diamondbacks 11-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm •  Published: July 23, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Detroit Tigers raced out to a seven-run lead, thanks to a big hit by Austin Jackson.

They needed another one after Arizona rallied.

Of course Miguel Cabrera came through.

Jackson hit a three-run double fourth inning and Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the eighth after Arizona cut the lead to two, helping the Tigers wear out the Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field on Wednesday.

"Jackson's hit was the big hit at the time because we hadn't done that in a while," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Of course, Miggy's home run opens up the game for us, gives us a little breathing room."

Detroit appeared to be cruising after roughing up Trevor 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 2012 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."

Arizona tried to keep pace with the AL's best-hitting team, knocking out 13 hits while rallying from the big early deficit.

The Diamondbacks couldn't finish it off, unable to add on runs in the seventh inning or keep one of baseball's best hitters from leaving the yard.

Didi Gregorius homered and had two RBIs for Arizona.

"He is pretty impressive to watch," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Cabrera. "He is somebody everybody has to deal with, for sure."

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.

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