Cabr­era hurt as Tigers beat Jays

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Ani­bal Sanchez’s no-hit bid was bro­ken up when for­mer Detroit team­mate Eze­quiel Car­rera lined a sin­gle to left with one out in the eighth in­ning, and the Tigers held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 86 Fri­day on a night when Miguel Cabr­era limped off with a calf in­jury.

Given an 8-0 lead, Sanchez (77) wound up al­low­ing four runs, three hits and three walks in 7 1-3 in­nings, and left af­ter 117 pitches.

He was bid­ding to be­come the sixth pitcher to throw no-hit­ters in the AL and NL, ac­cord­ing to STATS, a feat ac­com­plished by Cy Young, Jim Bun­ning, Nolan Ryan, Hideo Nomo and Randy John­son. Sanchez pitched a no-hitter for the Florida Mar­lins against Ari­zona on Sept. 6, 2006.

Cabr­era, a two-time AL MVP, was on first base with no outs in the fourth in­ning and a 3-2 count to Vic­tor Martinez, and took off with the pitch. Martinez fouled the ball off, but Cabr­era pulled up sharply, grab­bing his left leg. He was at­tended to by train­ers and limped off the field. Detroit said Cabr­era will have an MRI.

Sanchez walked Justin Smoak lead­ing off the eighth, and Devon Travis and Ryan Goins fol­lowed Car­rera with sin­gles to make it 81. Josh Don­ald­son added a tworun sin­gle off Alex Wil­son, and Jose Bautista walked to load the bases.

Ed­win En­car­na­cion flied out, Dioner Navarro hit a three-run dou­ble that made it 8-6 and Bruce Ron­don threw a wild pitch and then walked Smoak. With closer Joakim So­ria hur­ry­ing to warm up, Kevin Pil­lar hit an in­ning-end­ing fly­out.

So­ria pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances, strik­ing out Josh Don­ald­son to end the game with a run­ner on sec­ond.

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