By NOAH TRISTER/AP Baseball Writer
DETROIT (AP) – Prince Fielder homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers handed Matt Moore his first loss of the year with a 10-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.
Fielder also hit a two-run single that capped a four-run second inning for the Tigers. Moore (8-1) got only six outs while allowing six runs, seven hits and six walks. He was pitching on three days’ rest after his previous start in Cleveland was limited to one inning because of rain.
Anibal Sanchez (6-5) allowed a run and four hits in seven innings. He struck out nine with one walk.
Omar Infante homered and had three RBIs for Detroit, which won for the second time in seven games. It was Tampa Bay’s second loss in nine.
Fielder and Jhonny Peralta had three hits each for the Tigers.
The Rays got a run in the second to open the scoring, but Moore immediately allowed a single to Peralta and an RBI double to Matt Tuiasosopo in the bottom half. Infante made it 2-1 with a sacrifice fly, and after two-out walks to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera, Fielder singled with the bases loaded.
The third inning wasn’t any better for Moore. After a leadoff double by Peralta, he walked two straight hitters and then allowed an RBI single by Avisail Garcia. Moore was finally pulled after he walked Infante to force in a run and make it 6-1.
Alex Torres came on with the bases loaded and nobody out, but he prevented any further damage, striking out Cabrera and Fielder to end the inning.
Moore had allowed only 15 runs all season coming into the game.
Sanchez, meanwhile, has also been impressive this year – although he doesn’t have Moore’s flashy won-loss record. Sanchez struck out 17 batters against Atlanta in April, and he had a no-hitter broken up in the ninth inning against Minnesota on May 24.
After that 130-pitch outing, Sanchez was knocked around a bit in a loss at Pittsburgh last week. He had an extra day of rest before facing the Rays and looked sharp from the start.
Evan Longoria led off the second with a triple to right-center and scored on a sacrifice fly by Desmond Jennings, but Tampa Bay’s offense didn’t threaten much after that.
Infante’s solo homer made it 7-1 in the fifth. The following inning, Cabrera went from first to third on a wild pitch when catcher Jose Molina was slow to come up with the ball back by the screen. Molina had his left arm checked after the play but stayed in the game.
Fielder drove in Cabrera with a sacrifice fly, and his 12th homer of the season – a solo shot in the eighth – made it 9-1. Don Kelly added an RBI single later in the inning.