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Sanchez flirts with no-hitter in Tigers win

Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit, Michigan, on May 24, 2013
Anibal Sanchez of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Minnesota Twins in the second inning, at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, on May 24, 2013. Sanchez came within two outs of pitching a no-hitter, his bid spoiled by a single up the middle from Min

Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez came within two outs of pitching a no-hitter, his bid spoiled by a single up the middle from Minnesota's Joe Mauer in the ninth inning.

Sanchez on Friday struck out 12 Minnesota batters and recorded his sixth career shutout as the Tigers beat the Twins 6-0.

Sanchez, who threw 130 pitches, was trying to become the only active pitcher to throw a no-hitter with two different teams.

He threw one as a rookie on September 6, 2006, when he pitched for the Marlins.

Don Kelly had a two-run homer while Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante drove in two runs apiece for the Tigers, who are on a four-game winning streak.

Sanchez notched the fourth complete-game one-hitter of his career.

Mauer, a three-time American League batting champion, broke up a no-hit bid with one out in the ninth for the third time.

"He threw a good cutter, but I think it caught a little too much of the plate so I was able to square it up," Mauer said.

"That was about the only thing I could do tonight. He was pretty tough."