- Associated Press - Sunday, August 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - The Colorado Rockies knew their weekend series with Detroit was going to be tough.

Still, they were going to miss Max Scherzer and David Price, so how bad could things get?

As it turned out, really bad.

Anibal Sanchez struck out a season-high 12 in seven innings and the Tigers finished off a dominant series sweep with a 4-0 victory Sunday.

The Rockies were outscored 19-7 in the series, producing only one more run than Victor Martinez did with a pair of three-run homers for Detroit.

“There aren’t any magic words after something like that,” said Rockies manager Walt Weiss. “We’ll take a day off, recoup and try to win a series starting Tuesday.”

Sanchez (8-5) became the third straight Tigers starter to dominate the Rockies, allowing two hits and a walk.

“I had the life back in my fastball, and I just kept going to it,” Sanchez said. “When you know you can throw your fastball on every pitch, and you know you can put it anywhere, it makes your other pitches even more dangerous.”

Joba Chamberlain allowed one hit in a shutout eighth inning, and Joakim Soria did the same in the ninth.

Jorge De Le Rosa (11-7) gave up four runs on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. All six hits came with two outs, but Detroit grouped three of them to create a big third inning.

“They are tough on everyone - for me, that’s the best lineup in the league,” De La Rosa said. “I made some really good pitches, and they still hit them. That shows you how good they are.”

De La Rosa retired the first two batters of the third, but Rajai Davis’s speed and some sluggish defense turned a routine single into a double. De La Rosa then hit Ian Kinsler, and Miguel Cabrera made it 1-0 with a single up the middle.

Martinez connected two pitches later.

Sanchez fanned seven in his final three innings.


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