Sanchez recorded a groundout against Chris Parmelee to start the inning. Eduardo Escobar followed Parmelee with a one-out walk, snapping Sanchez's retired batters streak. The Tigers starter had retired 19 Twins in a row. Sanchez quickly recovered, forcing Ryan Doumit to groundout to second. Brian Dozier struck out looking for the last out of the inning.
Sanchez will face the top of the lineup to start the ninth inning. Jamey Carroll, who lead off the game with a walk, will hit first against Sanchez, and Joe Mauer will hit second. Josh Willingham will hit third, and Justin Morneau will come to the plate if anyone reaches base.
Homer Bailey threw the most recent no-hitter at the major-league level when the Cincinnati Reds starter no-hit the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 28, 2012. The 2012 season featured six no-hitters, including perfect games from Matt Cain and Felix Hernandez.