Gee can't avoid sweep

NEW YORK -- Not even the Mets' best starter over the past three months could stop the sweep.

Dillon Gee, who entered the game with the MLB's fourth-best ERA dating back to May 30, gave up 10 hits and four runs as the Tigers beat the Mets 11-3 on Sunday at Citi Field. The 10 hits Gee yielded tied a season-high, and the four runs were as many as he had given up in his last three starts combined.

"I didn't have command today," Gee said. "I knew it was going to be a battle early on."

Much like Matt Harvey the previous day, Gee allowed lots of hits, but kept his team in the game. He was victimized by a pair of homers, the latter of which put the Tigers ahead for good.

In the first, Miguel Cabrera crushed a two-run shot to left that had the fans at Citi Field in sheer awe at the slugger's 42nd homer. Gee called that pitch a big mistake.

In the sixth, nursing a 3-2 lead, Gee surrendered a two-run homer to Andy Dirks that gave the Tigers a 4-3 edge. Mets manager Terry Collins, who thought Gee threw "very, very well," said that homer wasn't a bad pitch. Gee said that he did not expect that pitch to leave the park.

Gee lasted six innings and lost for the third time in his last 16 starts.

"I'm glad I was able to go as long as I was today, feeling the way I was," Gee said. "Throwing a lot of balls and (got) behind to a lot of guys. It made it tough."

CRAZY EIGHTS: The Mets entered the ninth trailing 4-3.

They came to the plate for their final at-bats down eight.

Eight consecutive Tigers reached in the ninth inning as part of a seven-run explosion. The Tigers scored more runs in that inning than the Mets did in the series, and the seven hits in the frame tied the Mets' output the last two days.

"Everything was going through," Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud said. "You got to tip the cap. They just kept getting hits, over and over."

With the Mets down one, Mets manager Terry Collins turned to closer LaTroy Hawkins to keep the game within reach. Instead, Hawkins and reliever Scott Atchison turned the game into a blowout.

After Hawkins retired Austin Jackson to start the inning, the Tigers turned the inning into batting practice to break the game open.

"It's one of those games where you caught these guys at the wrong time," Collins said.

LOTS OF HITS: The 41 hits the Mets allowed in these three games were the most yielded in franchise history in a three-game series that didn't have extra innings.