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Rajai Davis of the Detroit Tigers singles against the Colorado Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa during the seventh inning on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/MCT)

Anibal Sanchez sharp as Tigers blank Rockies, 4-0

DETROIT -- The Tigers have had tremendous starting pitching since David Price was obtained, and Price hasn't even pitched yet.

Anibal Sanchez continued the trend Sunday. He blanked Colorado on two hits over his seven innings, walked none and struck out 12 to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 victory at Comerica Park. For the second straight day, the big blow was a three-run homer by Victor Martinez, this one in the third inning.

In the first two full games since Price was obtained, Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello each went eight innings and allowed two runs to beat the Rockies.

So add it up: In the three games against Colorado, the Tigers starters pitched 23 of the possible 27 innings and allowed four runs. Next up is Max Scherzer, who opens at Yankee Stadium on Monday night. Price makes his Tigers debut there Tuesday night.

The Tigers scored four runs in the third off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa. The inning looked stagnant when third baseman Nolan Arenado threw out Eugenio Suarez from one knee for the second out with nobody on.

Then Rajai Davis hustled his second double in three days since he took over for Jackson in center. Ian Kinsler was hit by a pitch. Miguel Cabrera singled to center to score Davis.

Then Victor Martinez unloaded a three-run homer to left for a 4-0 lead.

Sanchez allowed Brandon Barnes' single in the third and Drew Stubbs' single in the seventh. He threw 117 pitches.

According to, Sanchez became the seventh Tigers pitcher in the last 100 years to strike out at least 12 hitters in a game in which he walked none. The others to do it are Scherzer, Verlander, Jack Morris, Mickey Lolich (twice), Denny McLain and, back in 1918, right-hander Eric Erickson as he pitched all 16 innings of a 2-2 tie against Washington.

All 23 of Martinez's homers have come with the difference in the game three runs or fewer. All but one of Cabrera's 17 homers also have come with the difference in the game three runs or fewer. The only of Cabrera's that didn't was his first of the season -- his 2,000th career hit.

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