- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets (41-39) matched their season high at two games over .500, which they also were with a 3-1 record on April 5.
The 52 runs scored during their current four-game winning streak set a franchise record for a four-game stretch. The previous record had been 50 runs, from June 12-15, 1990 against the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Mets have now scored eight or more runs in four straight games -- matching the longest streak in franchise history, also done four previous times (2006, 2000, 1998 and 1969).
The Mets allowed five homers, the most since Atlanta went deep that many times against the Amazin's on Sept. 27, 2006 -- when Pedro Martinez allowed two and Darren Oliver allowed three. They won for only the fifth time in franchise history when allowing that many long balls -- and for the first time without homering themselves.
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Daniel Murphy delivered critical two-out, two-run singles with the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings to hold off a fierce Tigers comeback.
Outfielder Don Kelly closed out the ninth for Detroit, becoming the first Tigers position player to pitch in 11 years. He retired Scott Hairston on a flyout.
COLD CALL: In the seventh, the Tigers pulled within 10-8 on pinch-hitter Andy Dirks' two-run homer against Tim Byrdak, who apparently was not warming up when summoned.
GAS: Bobby Parnell registered as high as 103 mph on the Tigers' in-stadium radar gun during the seventh inning.
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JO-SE, JO-SE: Jose Reyes singled in each of his first two at-bats, extending his streak of consecutive plate appearances reaching base to eight before it was snapped. In a four-run first inning, Reyes moved to second when Miguel Cabrera missed a pickoff throw from Phil Coke, advanced to third base on his 30th steal, then scored on a wild pitch. Hairston delivered a bases-loaded triple later in the inning. In a three-run fifth, Ronny Paulino -- starting in the cleanup spot for the third time in his career -- had an RBI double.
CAPPER: Chris Capuano, showing no ill effects from the abdominal issue that prompted the Mets to pull him from his previous start after six innings as a precaution, retired the first eight Tigers batters he faced. But he ultimately surrendered three homers -- solo shots by Ryan Raburn in the third and Cabrera in the fourth, then a three-run shot by Cabrera in the sixth that pulled Detroit within 8-5. Terry Collins pulled Capuano at that point and inserted Pedro Beato. Beato surrendered a solo homer to Jhonny Peralta later in the sixth as Detroit closed to within two runs.
Capuano's line: 5+ IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 6 K, 3 HR, 1 WP.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez remained at 29 games finished. He is on pace for 59, four more than the threshold for his contract to kick in at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT'S NEXT: Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 4.78 ERA) opposes Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.38) in the series finale on Thursday afternoon. Verlander is 8-0 with a 1.56 ERA and .155 opponent batting average in his past 10 starts, and 6-0 with a 0.72 ERA in his past six starts, giving the Mets a staunch test in trying to continue their offensive surge.