MLB Wrap: Sanchez strikes out 17, Tigers hammer Braves

MLB Wrap: Sanchez strikes out 17, Tigers hammer Braves
April 26, 2013, 11:15 pm
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Justin Upton went 0 for 3 with one strikeout at the plate against Anibal Sanchez in the Braves' loss on Friday. (AP)

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With the Phillies riding a three-game losing streak, Kyle Kendrick played the role of stopper on Friday night.

Kendrick hurled a complete game shutout to lift the Phillies past the Mets (see Instant Replay).

On Sunday, the Phillies will get All-Star catcher Carlos Ruiz back from suspension. He played a tune-up game for Double A Reading on Friday (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Friday's action around baseball:

Sanchez, Tigers cruise past Braves
DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez struck out 17 in eight marvelous innings for Detroit, confounding the Atlanta Braves in a dazzling performance Friday night and leading the Tigers to a 10-0 victory.

Sanchez set a team record for strikeouts in a nine-inning game, and he had a mathematical chance of tying the major league mark of 20 when he was pulled after eight innings and 121 pitches. Sanchez (3-1) took off his hat as he was leaving the field following the top of the eighth, acknowledging a huge ovation at Comerica Park after he struck out Dan Uggla, his final hitter.

Paul 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 allowed five hits and one walk (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Zimmermann pitches one-hitter, Nats top Reds
WASHINGTON -- Jordan Zimmermann watched Gio Gonzalez pitch a gem for Washington, and just followed his lead.

Zimmermann was terrific in his first career shutout and the Nationals limited the Cincinnati Reds to one hit for the second straight game in a 1-0 victory on Friday night.

Zimmermann (4-1) struck out four and walked one while improving to 3-0 with a 1.36 ERA in five career games against Cincinnati. The right-hander needed only 91 pitches to record his second complete game of the season and No. 3 for his career.

Washington won Thursday night when Gonzalez pitched eight crisp innings in an 8-1 victory. Joey Votto homered for Cincinnati's only hit in the series opener (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

Rizzo homers twice in Marlins' win over Cubs
MIAMI -- Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving Chicago back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Rizzo's second career two-home run game gave him eight on the season, the most by a Cubs left-handed hitter in April. Billy Williams (1970) and Henry Rodriguez (2000) each hit seven.

Scott Feldman (1-3) allowed two runs in 6 2-3 innings, Kevin Gregg recorded his second save, and Darwin Barney had three hits for Chicago, which beat Miami 4-3 on Thursday and had been 0-6 following a win.

Rizzo, who hails from nearby Parkland, Fla., came into the game mired in a 1-for-20 slump and hitting .173 on the season, but broke out in a big way going 3 for 4 and also stole a base (see full recap).

- The Associated Press

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