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Tigers deal Rays' Moore first defeat

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DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez provided the silence and Prince Fielder the noise.

Sanchez spun a quiet four-hitter over seven innings Tuesday night while Fielder drove in four runs to pace the Detroit Tigers to a 10-1 victory over Tampa Bay that bumped Rays lefty Matt Moore from the unbeaten ranks.

"I like that guy Sanchez," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "He knows how to add and subtract off his pitches.

"I thought we expanded the strike zone off of Sanchez, which we hadn't been doing, while they didn't expand the strike zone against Matt."

Sanchez (6-5) gave up a second-inning run and then locked in with nine strikeouts and one walk over his seven innings. He gave up a triple, double and two singles, all in different innings.

"That's my job," Sanchez said. "To keep teams off the scoreboard."

"Everybody was focused on Moore," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "And rightly so because he was unbeaten. But we had a pretty good pitcher out there, too."

Moore (8-1) looked like anything but an undefeated pitcher in his brief outing. He walked six and gave up a season-worst six runs on seven hits.

"He started out good," Maddon said, "but then things just got away from him."

Meanwhile, Fielder continues to torch teams that walk Miguel Cabrera in front of him, whether done accidentally or on purpose. The last nine times Cabrera has been walked, Fielder has delivered eight hits good for 10 RBI.

"We did not want Moore to pitch around him (in the second)," Maddon said. "We wanted him to go after him. We know Fielder has been better against lefties this year."

Moore gave up a pair of two-out singles in the first but scraped by, which did not happen in the second.

The Rays had given Moore a 1-0 lead against Sanchez with a leadoff triple by Evan Longoria in the second and a one-out sacrifice fly to right by Desmond Jennings.

That lead lasted two batters as Jhonny Peralta singled to open the bottom of the second and scored on a double to right-center by Matt Tuiasosopo, who advanced to third on a groundout to second by Brayan Pena.

Avisail Garcia walked and set up the rest of the four-run inning by alertly taking second on Omar Infante's sacrifice fly into the right-field corner. Torii Hunter walked on a 3-2 pitch and Cabrera walked on four pitches to load the bases.

Fielder then delivered a line two-run single to center.

"That's how you play the game," said Hunter, referencing Garcia's alert advancement to second and a later sprint from first to third by Cabrera on a simple wild pitch to the backstop. "This is a game for kids and we get paid to play it professionally.

"If you have fun playing, it takes the stress away. You have a Triple Crown winner like Cabrera and you can see he's having fun out there. It's like I'm a hyena out there and I'm going to take advantage of your weak link."

The Tigers chased Moore and expanded their lead to 6-1 when the first five batters of the third reached base.

Peralta doubled into the left-field corner and both Tuiasosopo and Pena walked to load the bases. Garcia lined an RBI single to center and Infante walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in a run and drive Moore from the game.

Infante drilled a solo home run for Detroit with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to boost the Tigers' lead to 7-1 and they added a run in the sixth on Fielder's sacrifice fly.

Cabrera singled to lead off the sixth and advanced two bases -- with a grin on his face as he rounded second -- on a wild pitch that bounced high to the backstop off catcher Jose Molina's wrist. Molina lost the ball and then wasn't quick enough to it as Cabrera barely slowed rounding second.

Fielder followed his sacrifice fly with a solo home run, his 12th, in the eighth as Detroit went up 9-1, and Don Kelly's RBI single later in the inning boosted it to 10-1.

NOTES: Maddon flipped Matt Joyce from second to leadoff and dropped switch-hitting Ben Zobrist a notch to sit between two southpaw hitters so his Detroit counterpart, Leyland, would be less likely to bring in lefty Drew Smyly for late-inning relief. ... Quintin Berry, who filled in nicely when Austin Jackson was hurt a year ago, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by Kansas City. Detroit had designated Berry, who had not been hitting in the minors, for assignment Sunday when it worked out a deal with Seattle to return former Tigers prospect Francisco Martinez to the Detroit organization. ... Longoria had an error removed from his record by Major League Baseball. Cleveland's Mark Reynolds now gets a hit but Tampa Bay pitcher Jamey Wright is charged with two earned runs. ... Jackson continues to work out in Detroit with no target date for the beginning of a rehab assignment that would return him to the active roster. Jackson has been sidelined with a sore left hamstring since May 12. ... Joyce plans to take extra outfield work a couple times a week after misplaying a pair of fly balls in a weekend series with Cleveland.
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