The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Tigers after they were swept at home by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday-Thursday. The downside to Friday night's victory was Detroit star Miguel Cabrera went down with a calf injury. The injury occurred in the fourth inning with Cabrera at first base, as he came up limping while running to second base.
He would leave the game and has been placed on the disable list for the first time in his career. He underwent an MRI and there was no damage done to his Achilles tendon.
Former Tiger Carerra broke up Sanchez's bid with a line drive base hit to left field. The Tigers' hurler ended up allowing four runs, three hits, three walks in 7 1/3 innings after 117 pitches. Alex Wilson came in and gave up a three-run double to Dioner Navarro, after Josh Donaldson's two-run single, cutting the Blue Jays' deficit from 8-0 to 8-6.
Sanchez was looking to become the sixth pitcher in MLB history to throw no-hitters in both the American League and National League. He threw a no-hitter with the Florida Marlins against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 6th, 2006. The righty would've joined Cy Young, Jim Bunning, Nolan Ryan, Hideo Nomo, and Randy Johnson to do it in both leagues.
Joakim Soria gave up a two-out single but nothing else in the ninth inning to record his 18th save.
Drew Hutchinson gave up seven runs, five earned, 10 hits, and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Victor Martinez recorded three hits on the night, as the Tigers broke the game open with a five-run fourth inning. Cabrera, Nick Castellanos, Jose Iglesias, and a few Toronto defensive miscues drove in the runs in the fourth. The Blue Jays recorded three errors on Friday, as manager John Gibbons called their performance "sloppy".
The Tigers and Blue Jays will continue their holiday-weekend series on Saturday afternoon.