June 29, 2011: Mets Beat Tigers with 20 Hits

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Date: June 29, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 16
Tigers: 9
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Angel Pagan, Scott Hairston, Daniel Murphy, Ronny Paulino
Key play: Hairston’s triple in 1st, Murphy’s single in 7th, Pagan’s two doubles

The Mets and Tigers faced each other on a Wednesday night. The teams played the second of three games in an interleague series at Comerica Park. Every Met in the starting lineup got at least one hit each for a team total of 20 and a 16-9 win over Detroit.

Jose Reyes led off with a single to center field in the top of the first inning. After a pickoff throw, Reyes reached second base on an error by first baseman Miguel Cabrera. Tigers’ starter Phil Coke retired Justin Turner and Carlos Beltran on fly balls and Reyes stole third. With Ronny Paulino at bat, Jose scored on Coke’s wild pitch for the first run of the game. The Mets followed up by loading the bases on two singles and a walk. A triple by Scott Hairston brought home three runs for a 4-0 Mets lead. Coke struck out Daniel Murphy to end the inning. Mets’ starter Chris Capuano then set down Detroit in order in the bottom half.

Coke limited the Mets to a single by Reyes in the top of the second inning. Capuano pitched a perfect bottom half and Coke set down the first two batters in the top of the third. Jason Bay followed with a walk and stole second base. An ensuing single by Angel Pagan plated Bay with the Mets’ fifth run. After Pagan stole second, Hairston hit a ground ball to third baseman Brandon Inge for the third out of the inning. With two outs in the bottom half, Ryan Raburn homered for the Tigers’ first run. Capuano then retired Austin Jackson on an inning-ending grounder to third baseman Turner.

The Mets were held to a single by Ruben Tejada in the top of the fourth. Cabrera hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the inning. Capuano fanned Victor Martinez for the third out and singles by Turner and Beltran opened the top of the fifth. Paulino doubled to bring home Turner and stretch the Mets’ lead to 6-2. Coke was then replaced on the mound by Detroit reliever Ryan Perry.

Bay greeted Perry with a single that scored Beltran. An error by center fielder Jackson allowed Paulino to come home and make it an 8-2 lead for the Mets. Perry set down the next two batters and Bay stole second base. Murphy flied out to left fielder Brennan Boesch to end the inning. Capuano then shut down the Tigers in the bottom half.

Perry pitched a perfect top of the sixth inning. To start the bottom half, Casper Wells got an infield single and Magglio Ordonez doubled to left field. Cabrera hit a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 8-5. Pedro Beato came in to pitch for New York and retired Martinez on a grounder to shortstop Reyes. A home run by Jhonny Peralta gave Detroit its sixth run of the game. Beato then retired the next two batters to end the inning.

Beltran singled off Perry to begin the top of the seventh. Paulino lined out to right fielder Wells and Tigers’ reliever Al Albuquerque walked Bay on four pitches. Pagan hit into a force play and Hairston walked to load the bases. Murphy followed with a single to right field that brought home Beltran and Pagan to make the score 10-6. Tejada walked to reload the bases and Albuquerque got Reyes on an inning-ending line out to Jackson. Raburn hit a ground-rule double off Beato to begin the bottom half and went to third on Jackson’s fly out. Against reliever Tim Byrdak, pinch-hitter Andy Dirks hit Detroit’s fifth homer of the game to reduce the Mets’ lead back to two runs. Bobby Parnell then came in to pitch and completed the inning with no further scoring.

Turner and Paulino got singles off Albuquerque in the top of the eighth. With two outs, Pagan doubled off Detroit reliever David Purcey to bring home Turner. Hairston was walked intentionally and a single by Murphy scored Paulino and Pagan. Tejada hit a single to plate Hairston and make it a 14-8 lead for the Mets. Purcey retired Reyes on a fly ball to right fielder Dirks to end the inning. Against Mets’ reliever Jason Isringhausen with one out in the bottom half, Raburn hit a sacrifice fly that scored Peralta from third. Isringhausen then got Jackson to fly out to right fielder Beltran.

Paulino doubled for his fourth hit of the game with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. A walk to Bay followed and Pagan’s second double (the Mets’ 20th hit) brought home two more New York runs. For the Tigers, Don Kelly came in to pitch and retired Hairston on a fly ball to Jackson for the third out. Mets’ reliever D. J. Carrasco then pitched a perfect bottom half to end the game. The Mets had a solid interleague victory over the American League Central Division-leading Detroit team.