Sunday, August 25, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Tigers 11, Mets 3
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK -- The New York Mets were no match for the American League's top team. The Detroit Tigers finished off a three-game sweep by besting the Mets, 11-3, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field. The Mets scored a combined four runs in the three losses.
Lots of hits: Mets starter Dillon Gee entered Sunday one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, but he couldn't slow down the Tigers. He carried a 2.27 ERA since May 30 into the game, which was fourth-best in baseball, and had had surrendered a total of four runs in his previous three games. Detroit tagged him for a pair of two-run shots, courtesy of Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks. The latter put the Tigers ahead 4-3 in the sixth. The 10 hits Gee yielded are tied for the most he's given up this season. He fell to 9-9, just his third loss in his past 16 starts. Gee lasted six innings.
First time: Top prospect Travis d'Arnaud smashed his first career homer, a two-run shot in the fourth to put the Mets ahead 3-2. D'Arnaud received plenty of congratulations from his teammates, and came out for a curtain call. The homer marked the first RBIs of his career. D'Arnaud finished 1-for-3.
Eight straight: Eight consecutive hitters reached base in the ninth inning as the Tigers blew open the game. Seven reached via singles, while one worked a walk. Closer LaTroy Hawkins entered in the ninth with the Mets down 4-3, and he gave up five runs and four hits while recording one out.
Duda returns: Lucas Duda walked in the eighth inning in his first at-bat since June 21. He had been sidelined with a left intercostal strain, and the Mets did not bring him up right away once he was eligible to come off the disabled list.
Last two days: The Tigers bludgeoned the Mets for a combined 33 hits in last two games. The Mets, meanwhile, totaled seven hits in the pair of losses.
Up next: The Mets begin a four-game set against the Phillies on Monday as Zack Wheeler (6-2, 3.49 ERA) faces Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16) at 7:10 p.m.