Things were looking up early for the New York Mets red hot offense against Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Jose Reyes led off the game by turning a pop up into a double. However, Jason Pridie lined out, catching Reyes off of second base for a double-play and set the stage for the rest of the game as the Tigers ended the Mets four game winning streak at four.
Verlander didn't have his best stuff, but was able to stay out of major trouble throughout his seven innings of work. The only real blemish was a second inning home run off the bat of Daniel Murphy.
Mets starter Mike Pelfrey was also without his "A" game, but quickly showed the difference between the two starters. Pelfrey gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits while tossing 109 pitches over just 4.2 innings.
After giving back an early 1-0 lead on an Austin Jackson single, Pelfrey was tagged for the game-deciding runs in the third. That's when Victor Martinez, Andy Dirks and Jhonny Peralta combined for two hits and a walk to load the bases. Alex Avila drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly and Ramon Santiago followed with a two-run single, one of those runs being unearned due to an errant Angel Pagan throw.
Dirks wrapped up the scoring for Detroit with a home run in Pelfrey's final inning of work.
Carlos Beltran hit a solo HR in the eighth inning to complete the Mets scoring.
Reliever Manny Acosta made a highlight-worthy play to throw out Santiago at first base, but was injured while making the play and had to leave the game.
The Mets will look to get back on the winning track Friday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Jonathan Niese (7-6) will take the hill against Ivan Nova (7-4).
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|WP: Justin Verlander (11 - 3)
SV: Jose Valverde (19)
LP: Mike Pelfrey (4 - 7)