Mets continue offensive barrage, topple TigersJun 30, 2011 - 3:34 AM
Pagan finished 4-for-6 and scored three times for the red-hot Mets, who have tallied 52 runs in the last four games -- all wins. Scott Hairston knocked in three runs while Ronny Paulino had four hits and touched home four times for the victors.
Starter Chris Capuano (7-7) reaped the benefits of the offensive game, which was a season-high in runs and hits (20) to get the win. He allowed five runs on six hits over five-plus innings.
The Tigers clobbered five home runs to keep the game interesting but still suffered their third loss in seven games. That included a 14-3 pounding on Tuesday. Miguel Cabrera had two of the Wednesday homers that brought in four runs.
Detroit starter Phil Coke (1-8) continued his struggles and was roughed up for eight runs -- seven earned -- on 10 hits in four-plus innings. Then again, none of the Tigers pitchers had much success as manager Jim Leyland used position player Don Kelly to get the final out in the top of the ninth.
"The way we were hitting the ball out tonight I really thought we were going to win," Leyland said.
The Mets picked up where they left off in the opener of the series.
Jose Reyes started the game with a single up the middle, advanced to second on a pick-off fielding error and swiped third before racing home on a two-out wild pitch.
The inning kept going as the Mets loaded the bases with Paulino's single, Jason Bay's walk and Pagan's single. Hairston then ripped a base-clearing triple to put the Mets up 4-0.
The Mets continued to strike with two outs -- on Tuesday they scored all their runs with two outs. Coke walked Bay, who stole second before heading home on Pagan's line drive up the middle.
Ryan Raburn belted a home run in the third while Cabrera drilled a homer over the left-field fence in the fourth to make it a 5-2 game.
But New York played keep away during the top of the fifth. Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran started it with back-to-back singles to set up Paulino's double off the fence in center to score Turner.
Coke was then pulled in favor for Ryan Perry, who served a single to Bay that brought home Beltran. Paulino scored on Austin Jackson's error for an 8-2 lead.
The Tigers hung around with Cabrera's three-run bomb into the deepest part of the park in the sixth. Later in the same inning, Jhonny Peralta ripped a solo shot to make it an 8-6 contest.
Again, the Mets kept the comeback at bay when Murphy's two-out single in the seventh scored Beltran and Pagan to push the lead to 10-6.
Those runs proved to be important as the Tigers got their fifth home run in the seventh on pinch-hitter Andy Dirks' two-run shot to pull within two again.
However, New York put the game out of reach for good in the eighth with four runs, which was highlighted by Murphy's two-RBI single.
Tigers tacked on a run in the bottom half and the Mets responded with Pagan's two-run double to make up the final score.
The Mets have collected 69 hits over the last four games...New York was 10- for-20 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base...The five home runs by Detroit is the most by a team at Comerica Park since the Tigers hit five on September 25, 2008...Kelly is the first Tigers position player to pitch since Shane Halter on October 1, 2000...It was the 20th multi-homer game of Cabrera's career and his second this season. His last cane on April 3 at the New York Yankees.
- NEW YORK: 16
Jun 29 10:56 PM
- Angel Pagan doubled in Ronny Paulino and Jason Bay with two out. Runner on second with Scott Hairston due up.
Mets 16, Tigers 9 Top 9, 2 OutsJun 29 10:45 PM
- Brennan Boesch stole second. Runner on second with two outs and Austin Jackson at the plate.
Mets 14, Tigers 9 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 29 10:32 PM
- Ruben Tejada singled in Scott Hairston with two outs. On the play, Daniel Murphy advances to second. Runners on first and second with Jose Reyes due up.
Mets 14, Tigers 8 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 29 10:16 PM
- Daniel Murphy singled in Ronny Paulino and Angel Pagan with two out. On the play, Scott Hairston advances to third. Runners on first and third and Ruben Tejada due up.
Mets 13, Tigers 8 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 29 10:15 PM
- Angel Pagan doubled in Justin Turner with two out. On the play, Ronny Paulino advances to third. Runners on second and third and Scott Hairston due up.
Mets 11, Tigers 8 Top 8, 2 OutsJun 29 10:10 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Andy Dirks one-out, two-run Home Run (5) to right scored Ryan Raburn. Magglio Ordonez due up.
Mets 10, Tigers 8 Bot 7, 1 OutJun 29 9:47 PM
- Daniel Murphy singled in Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan with two outs. On the play, Scott Hairston advances to third. Runners on first and third and Ruben Tejada due up.
Mets 10, Tigers 6 Top 7, 2 OutsJun 29 9:33 PM
- Jhonny Peralta one-out, solo Home Run (13) to left. Brennan Boesch due up.
Mets 8, Tigers 6 Bot 6, 1 OutJun 29 9:12 PM
- Pedro Beato replaces Chris Capuano with none on and no outs.
Mets 8, Tigers 5 Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 29 9:07 PM
- Jason Bay singled in Carlos Beltran with none out. On the play, Ronny Paulino scored on Austin Jackson's error. Runner on first and Angel Pagan due up.
Mets 8, Tigers 2 Top 5, 0 OutsJun 29 8:34 PM
- Ronny Paulino doubled in Justin Turner with none out. On the play, Carlos Beltran advances to third. Runners on second and third and Jason Bay due up.
Mets 6, Tigers 2 Top 5, 0 OutsJun 29 8:29 PM
- Miguel Cabrera two-out, solo Home Run (16) to left. Victor Martinez due up.
Mets 5, Tigers 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsJun 29 8:18 PM
- Ryan Raburn two-out, solo Home Run (7) to left. Austin Jackson due up.
Mets 5, Tigers 1 Bot 3, 2 OutsJun 29 8:04 PM
- Angel Pagan singled in Jason Bay with two out. Runner on first and Scott Hairston due up.
Mets 5, Tigers 0 Top 3, 2 OutsJun 29 7:54 PM
- Scott Hairston tripled to right center scoring Ronny Paulino, Jason Bay and Angel Pagan with two out. Runner on third and Daniel Murphy due up.
Mets 4, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 29 7:23 PM
- Ronny Paulino singled to center. Runner on first with two outs and Jason Bay due up.
Mets 1, Tigers 0 Top 1, 2 OutsJun 29 7:17 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 29 7:07 PM
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