Anibal Sanchez is earning back the confidence of his manager.
Sanchez pitched six strong innings, and Dixon Machado hit his first career home run to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 6-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.
Sanchez, who pitched so poorly earlier this season that he was sent down to the minors, earned his first victory since Aug. 23, allowing two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
The 33-year-old right-hander has posted a 3.09 ERA in four starts since returning from Triple-A Toledo.
"It's been a hard year for him, the way it's gone on the baseball field," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said.