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Anibal Sanchez gets first loss in nearly 2 months, as Tigers lose 5-2 to Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Detroit has been able to count on to regularly get a win since early June. However, former Tigers minor leaguer helped end Sanchez's winning stretch.

Casali homered twice to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Tigers on Monday night. It was Detroit's seventh loss in 10 games, and Sanchez's first defeat since June 3.

"Sanchy didn't have his best stuff, but he battled through and still kept us in the ball game and gave us a chance to win," Tigers manager said. "We didn't do a whole lot offensively, but we came within one late in the eighth, but unfortunately (Casali's) two-run homer kind put the nail in the coffin."

Sanchez gave up three runs, eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.

"He was pretty wild today, a lot of 3-2 counts," Tigers catcher said. "Behind a hit a lot of hitters, but he battled to keep us in the game. He clearly didn't have his best stuff or best command, but figured out a way to give us some strong innings."

Casali's first homer came on the first pitch of the third inning by Sanchez, who had won seven straight decisions, the longest streak by any American League pitcher this season. Casali, who was traded for left-hander just before the start o the 2013 season, added a towering two-run homer off the B-ring catwalk, his fifth of the season, off in the eighth.

It is believed to be the first home run hit off the B-ring catwalk since Frank Thomas hit one for the Chicago White Sox on April 4, 1998, in the fifth game ever played at Tropicana Field.

"Anything I can do to help," said Casali, who added a single to the first multi-homer game of his career. "We're struggling. We've just got to keep building on this type of night because they haven't happened as frequently as we want."

took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning for the Rays, who had gone 13 straight games without scoring more than four runs, tied for the longest such streak in the majors this season.

Consecutive doubles by and made it 2-0 in the fourth, and had a two-out RBI single off Sanchez (10-8) in the fifth.

Karns (6-5) gave up three hits and no walks in six-plus innings, winning six days after a 1-0 victory at Philadelphia in which he hit a home run.

led off the seventh with his 16th home run, Detroit's second hit of the game, to pull the Tigers to 3-1. followed with a single to chase Karns.

Cespedes drove in Detroit's second run with a two-out single in the eighth, ending 's streak of 21 straight scoreless relief appearances.

pitched the ninth for his 25th save.

Kiermaier left the game in the sixth inning with an abrasion of his left eye.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Manager is optimistic that 1B 's recovery from a left calf strain "will be on the short side" of the six-to-eight week estimates ... LHP (shoulder) threw batting practice and is close to starting a rehab assignment.

Rays: SS (strained right hamstring) was activated after the game, and IF was optioned to Triple-A Durham. ... LHP (torn left labrum) is scheduled for a second rehab start Friday night and said he believes he is on "the back side" of his recovery.

UP NEXT

LHP (9-3, 2.31), who won 82 games in six seasons and the 2012 Cy Young Award for the Rays before being traded to Detroit last July, will face his former team for the second time Tuesday night. RHP (5-6, 2.85) will pitch for Tampa Bay.

TRAVEL WEARY

After a Sunday night game in Boston, the Tigers arrived at their hotel at 5 a.m. on Monday. "It's not an ideal travel scenario, but we've been there before. You can't lean on that," said Ausmus, who said he managed to get about six hours of sleep.

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PHOTO: Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Bruce Rondon reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Tampa Bay Rays' Curt Casali during the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 27, 2015, in St. Petersburg, Fla.  Rays' Steven Souza Jr. also scored. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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