DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before Minnesota's Joe Mauer broke it up with a one-out single, and that was the only hit the Detroit right-hander allowed in the Tigers' 6-0 victory over the Twins on Friday night.
Sanchez fell two outs shy of his second career no-hitter, but thanks to Mauer it was just another near miss this season. There have already been five one-hitters this year, according to STATS.
It was Sanchez's second gem in about a month — he set a franchise record with 17 strikeouts in eight marvelous innings against Atlanta on April 26.
Sanchez (5-4) struck out 12 on Friday and allowed three walks.
The home crowd gave him a standing ovation when he came out to start the ninth, and he immediately struck out Jamey Carroll. Mauer, followed with a clean line drive up the middle — to almost the same spot where Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison's hit landed last year when he broke up a no-hit bid by Detroit's Justin Verlander, also with two outs to go.
Minnesota's Samuel Deduno (0-1) allowed six runs and nine hits in 51/3 innings.
Red Sox 8, Indians 1
At Boston, John Lackey allowed two hits in seven innings and Mike Carp hit a three-run homer.
It was the second straight strong performance by Lackey, who missed all last season following Tommy John elbow surgery. Lackey (3-4) struck out eight, walked three and gave up an unearned run while pitching through a steady rain. He allowed only two of the 25 batters he faced to hit the ball out of the infield.
Orioles 10, Blue Jays 6
At Toronto, Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 16th home run and Nick Markakis had three hits and three RBIs.
J.J. Hardy, Danny Valencia and Adam Jones all went deep as the Orioles matched a season high in runs and set a season high with four home runs. Baltimore has hit an ML-best 66 homers this season.
Yankees 9, Rays 4
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix each drove in two runs. Gardner made it 5-0 with a two-run homer off Roberto Hernandez (2-5) during the fourth.
Rangers 9, Mariners 5
At Seattle, Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer and Lance Berkman added a three-run shot, both off Seattle starter Joe Saunders.
Baker's shot in the second inning gave the Rangers the lead, but it was Berkman's fourth homer of the season into the left-field seats that broke the game open in the third and sent Saunders to his first career loss at Safeco Field.
Athletics 6, Astros 5
At Houston, Chris Young connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning.
The A's trailed 5-3 before closer Jose Veras (0-3) walked two of the first three batters of the inning to set the table for Young. He turned on a curveball to put Oakland up 6-5. Young, who grew up in Houston, is hitting just .189 this season. But he's a career .418 hitter at Minute Maid Park with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 19 games in his hometown.
Angels 5, Royals 2
At Kansas City, Mo., Mike Trout had his 21st multi-hit game and Jason Vargas pitched into the eighth inning.
Trout had two hits, stole his 11th base and scored two runs, including one on a wild pitch. He is hitting .366 in May. Vargas (4-3) allowed two runs and five hits over 71/3 innings to win is fourth straight decision in five May starts. He is 12-4 in May since the start of the 2009 season.
Rockies 5, Giants 0
At San Francisco, Michael Cuddyer homered and hit a two-run double after coming off the disabled list, Tyler Chatwood beat San Francisco for the second time in seven days and the Rockies blanked the Giants.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a solo homer and D.J. LeMahieu added an RBI single as the Rockies beat two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (3-4) for the second time in a week.
The Rockies, swept in a three-game series at AT&T Park last month, won their fourth in a row in the rivalry for the first time since 2006.
Nationals 5, Phillies 2
At Washington, Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (8-2) allowed two runs and six hits with no walks over seven innings — actually raising his ERA to 1.71 — on an unseasonably chilly and windy night in the nation's capital.
Reds 7, Cubs 4
At Cincinnati, Joey Votto extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a homer, and Ryan Hanigan and Brandon Phillips also homered, powering the Reds to their fourth straight win.
Brewers 2, Pirates 1
At Milwaukee, Marco Estrada gave up one run over seven innings and Alex Gonzalez had a two-run double, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a victory over the Pirates.
Mets 5, Braves 5, Suspended
At New York, Evan Gattis had a two-run, pinch-hit single in the top of the eighth, then the Mets rallied to tie it in a downpour in the bottom half before the Atlanta Braves and New York were suspended by rain with the score 5-5.
The teams will resume play with none out in the top of the ninth inning today at 3:10 p.m. The regularly scheduled game is set to start 4:15 p.m.
Diamondbacks 5, Padres 2
At Phoenix, Brandon McCarthy pitched seven effective innings for his second straight win and Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run double to cap Arizona's five-run seventh inning, lifting the Diamondbacks to a victory over the Padres.
Cardinals 7, Dodgers 0
At Los Angeles, Lance Lynn pitched two-hit ball over six innings, and David Freese and Allen Craig each homered and drove in three runs, helping the Cardinals beat the Dodgers for their third win in a row.
White Sox 4, Marlins 3, 11 innings
At Chicago, Jeff Keppinger drove in the winning run on a single in the 11th and John Danks was solid in his season debut as the Chicago White Sox beat the Miami Marlins.
Paul Konerko started the rally with a one-out single.
Pinch runner Tyler Greene moved to third when Dayan Viciedo singled off the glove of second baseman Derek Dietrich.
After Ryan Webb (1-2) intentionally walked Conor Gillaspie, Keppinger singled to left field.