The Tigers wasted chances early.
In the first after Damon flew out, Santiago walked and Magglio singled putting runners at first and second with one out. Cabrera flew out, Boesch walked loading the bases but Guillen grounded out to end the inning.
Another runner in scoring position with less than two outs that the
Tigers couldn’t cash in.
In the second, Damon led off with a single and stole second. Santiago bunted him over to third but both Magglio and Cabbie grounded out weakly stranding Damon at third.
Another runner in scoring position with less than two outs that the Tigers couldn’t cash in.
Are we seeing a pattern here?
Bonderman looked good, especially if the first when Reyes led off with a triple but was stranded there. Bonderman struck out Pagan, Wright grounded to third and Davis grounded to first.
After retiring the first two in the third, Reyes singled and stole second, Pagan walked and Wright doubled. Bondo got Davis to ground to Santiago ending the inning and limiting the damage to 1 run.
The Mets knuckleballer, R.A. Dickey was smoking balls, retiring 4 consecutive Tigers on 4 pitches. Inge ended the streak with a two out single but Avilla flied out to left ending the inning.
Bondo retired the Mets 1, 2, 3, in the fourth on 4 pitches.
With two outs in the 5th Reyes got his third hit in three at bats with hit a solo shot. Pagan flew out to end the inning, 2-0 Mets after 5.
Bondo gave way to Zumaya after the first two batters reached in the seventh. Zumaya came into to face pitcher Dickey and walked him on four straight balls. Reyes grounded to second and Gullien threw Blanco out at the plate. Feliciano pinch hit for Pagan and grounded to second scoring Tejada. After Zumaya walked David Wright, Leyland made a double switch, bringing in Coke for Zumaya and Rayburn for Inge.
Ike Davis singled on an 0-2 pitch from Coke scoring two. Wright was thrown out at third to end the inning. 5-0 Mets after seven.
Francisco Rodriguez came out for the ninth and surrendered only a single to Cabrera.
The Mets dusted the Tigers for the second night in a row.