PHOENIX (AP) — The Detroit Tigers raced out to a seven-run lead, thanks to a big hit by Austin Jackson.
They needed another one after Arizona rallied.
Of course, Miguel Cabrera came through.
Jackson hit a three-run double in the fourth inning and Cabrera smacked a three-run homer in the eighth after Arizona cut the lead to two, helping the Tigers wear out the Diamondbacks 11-5 in a slugfest at Chase Field on Wednesday.
“Jackson’s hit was the big hit at the time because we hadn’t done that in a while,” Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. “Of course, Miggy’s home run opens up the game for us, gives us a little breathing room.”
Detroit appeared to be cruising after roughing up Trevor Cahill (1-7) for seven runs in four innings.
Arizona clawed its way back against Anibal Sanchez (7-4), though, scoring three runs off him in the fifth and two more over the next two innings.
With Tigers clinging to a two-run lead with two on and no outs in the seventh inning, Joba Chamberlain replaced Sanchez and needed one pitch to escape a jam he created by Sanchez.
That set the stage for Cabrera in the eighth. And the 2012 Triple Crown winner came through, fouling off a couple of pitches from Matt Stites before hitting his 15th homer off the foul pole in left.
Alex Avila had three RBIs and Rajai Davis had three of Detroit’s 13 hits to improve the best road record in baseball to 30-17.
“The hitters, they did their job,” Sanchez said. “They give me enough runs to get the win.”
Arizona tried to keep pace with the AL’s best-hitting team, knocking out 13 hits while rallying from the big early deficit.
The Diamondbacks couldn’t finish it off, unable to add on runs in the seventh inning or keep one of baseball’s best hitters from leaving the yard.
Didi Gregorius homered and had two RBIs for Arizona.
“He is pretty impressive to watch,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Cabrera. “He is somebody everybody has to deal with, for sure.”
Sanchez followed up a strong start against Kansas City with a shaky one against Cleveland, allowing four runs in six innings his last start.
The right-hander has been good on the road this season and was sharp early against the Diamondbacks with a big lead.
That changed in the fifth inning, when Gerado Parra and Martin Prado hit consecutive doubles then Gregorius splashed a two-run homer into the pool in right-center to cut Detroit’s lead to 7-3.
Parra had a run-scoring single in the sixth inning and David Peralta added another in the seventh to cut Detroit’s lead to 7-5. Arizona had two on with no outs after that, but Sanchez got Aaron Hill to fly out and Chamberlain induced Paul Goldschmidt into an inning-ending double play on his lone pitch in the inning.
Sanchez allowed five runs on 11 hits and struck out four in 6-plus.
“His stuff is good, I just think when he’s missed his spots, they’ve hit it,” Ausmus said.
Cahill had a decent outing after being called up from the minors for his last start, allowing three runs on four hits in five innings of a no-decision against the Chicago Cubs.
His second start didn’t go so well.
Avila hit a two-run single off Cahill in the second inning and the Tigers poured it on in the fourth, scoring five runs with the help of an error by Hill at second base. Avila had a sacrifice fly for the only earned run in the inning and Jackson had the big hit, a three-run double that got past left fielder Mark Trumbo’s diving attempt.
Cahill allowed seven runs — three earned — on eight hits to remain winless in six starts this season.
“Hitting is contagious and they got on a roll,” Cahill said.
Arizona managed to rally, but Cabrera put the game out of reach with one big swing.
Twins 3, Indians 1
MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Swarzak pitched five sharp innings in a fill-in start, Oswaldo Arcia homered and the Minnesota Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 3-1 Wednesday.
Danny Santana scored after two of his three hits for the Twins, and five relievers totaled six strikeouts over four scoreless innings. Glen Perkins finished up in the ninth for his 24th save in 27 tries.
When Kyle Gibson developed a sore back the day before, Swarzak (2-0) was summoned from the bullpen to replace him in the rotation. He threw 75 pitches, well over the limit the Twins had in mind, but the right-hander allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out three. He was only in trouble once.
Trevor Bauer (4-5) finished six innings for the 11th time in 14 starts this season for the Indians, but he lost for the first time in five July starts.
Brewers 5, Reds 1
MILWAUKEE — Mark Reynolds homered twice to help the Milwaukee Brewers swept the three-game series from the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.
Kyle Lohse pitched 6-plus strong innings to hand the Reds their sixth straight loss since the All-Star break.
Lohse (11-4) walked two, struck out three and allowed four hits, the last to pinch-hitter Donald Lutz who doubled. Reliever Zach Duke retired Billy Hamilton on a chopper back to the mound to end the seventh.
Reynolds connected on a 1-1 pitch from Reds starter Mike Leake (7-9) for his 15th home run of the season. Rickie Weeks was on with a double to start the sixth.
Reynolds’ second home run came off reliever Jumbo Diaz in the eighth.
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