The New York Mets were simply overmatched in this series. The Detroit Tigers used a seven-run top of the ninth inning to cruise to a series-sweeping 11-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Dillon Gee started for the Mets. He came into the game as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, posting a 2.27 ERA since May 30. Gee simply did not have his best stuff today as he gave up four runs on 10 hits over six innings. Detroit’s runs against Gee came on a pair of two-run homers.
The first of the two home runs came in the first inning when Miguel Cabrera sent a 429-foot home run into the left field seats in the first inning. Cabrera is now hitting .360 on the season with 42 homers and 128 RBI. For the series, he went 7-13 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 3 runs scored.
The Mets added a run in the second on an RBI single by Daniel Murphy to bring them within one at 2-1. Travis d’Arnaud hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the fourth. Tigers’ starter, Rick Porcello, left a hanger in the zone that the rookie easily deposited into the left-center field seats.
Detroit’s second two-run home run off of Gee came in the sixth inning and Andy Dirks homered to right field. Gee would get out of the inning but would not come out for the seventh inning. He would take the loss on the afternoon.
The Tigers added seven runs in the ninth inning. LaTroy Hawkins came in to start the inning off hoping to keep the Mets within one to give them a chance to try and tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Hawkins put together his worst outing of the year as he was shelled for five runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning. Scott Atchison was not much better as he allowed two more runs to score and the game to get out of reach.
The Mets welcome the Philadelphia Phillies to town Monday night for the first of a four game set. Zack Wheeler (6-2, 3.49 ERA) faces Cliff Lee (10-6, 3.16 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10.
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