It was the first homer allowed by Sanchez since Smith had connected off him at Comerica Park three weeks ago.
In the sixth inning, Anderson set down the top three hitters in order. He ended the inning by fanning Cabrera on a 2-2 pitch that dove out of the strike zone.
Right-hander Ryan Cook replaced Anderson to start the seventh. He retired the side on one hit, helped by Yoenis Cespedes’ diving catch in left on Fielder (not Prince’s night). Left-hander Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the eighth and let out a roar as the crowd stood and roared and waved its yellow towels.
The fans apparently have unlimited energy, but so does the Tigers’ Verlander, whom they are one game closer to seeing.