Detroit Tigers shortstop Dixon Machado (49) is greeted by left fielder Justin Upton, center, and right fielder J.D. Martinez after the Tigers’ 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants in a baseball game, Thursday, July 6, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
By Jeremy Harness
The San Francisco Giants, at least for the moment, have returned to their losing ways.
The Giants, after evening their series with the Detroit Tigers the night before, were forced to swallow a tough 6-2 loss to the team that they beat in the 2012 World Series Thursday afternoon at Comerica Park.
They simply could not do much of anything against Detroit starter Anibal Sanchez, who threw six innings and gave up only a pair of runs on five hits to the Giants in picking up his first victory of the season (1-0). He also struck out eight hitters and did not walk a single batter.
Their task got even more daunting as they fell behind early, as the Tigers’ bats didn’t miss their wake-up call against starter Chris Stratton. Detroit put five runs on Stratton in the first three innings, including a three-run second inning that was highlighted by Dixon Machado’s two-run homer.
After falling behind 5-0, the Giants finally got some momentum in the sixth inning, getting a pair of runs off Sanchez, as Joe Panik scored Denard Span with a triple and eventually scored on Hunter Pence’s groundout.
Detroit, however, had an answer in the bottom of the eighth to round out the scoring. Nicholas Castellanos gave the Tigers a four-run lead with a single to center that scored J.D Martinez.
No Giants player got any more than one hit on Thursday, while the Tigers had a pair of guys who had two hits in Castellanos and Alex Presley. Presley, meanwhile, also had two RBI.
Stratton went 6 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits, walking five and striking out only one batter, as his season record fell to 0-2 and his ERA went up to 9.00.
The Giants will not have much time to recover, but they will return home for a three-game series with the Miami marlins, a series that starts Friday night at AT&T Park.