"He asked if I felt good," Sanchez said. "I felt good."
With that, Sanchez went out for the sixth inning with 83 pitches thrown. He threw 19 in the sixth, the last of them sent out by Josh Phegley for a go-ahead grand slam.
On Friday, Leyland defended his decision to stick with Sanchez as the inning went on.
"I thought Sanchez was the guy to pitch to Phegley, or else I would've taken him out," Leyland said.
Sanchez had given up a run on five hits going into the sixth. He finished allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
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