Offense backs Verlander’s strong start, Tigers beat Mets 4-3

It was a marquee pitching matchup at Comerica Park with Justin Verlander and Noah Syndergaard on the mound for their respective ball clubs. Verlander and Syndergaard both pitched six innings of work with Verlander ultimately getting the upper hand with run support, which led to him earning the victory and handing Syndergaard the loss.

1st-3rd Innings: Verlander retired the New York Mets in order in the top of the first inning. Ian Kinsler led off the bottom of the first with a single for Detroit. He’d make his way all the way to third base with two stolen bases with one out. Miguel Cabrera plated Kinsler with an RBI groundout to put the Tigers on the scoreboard first.

After giving up two singles to lead off the second inning, JV came back with two straight strikeouts, induced a fly ball to strand both runners on base and got out of the inning. Syndergaard retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the second.

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Verlander struck out the side in the third. Syndergaard gave up a hit to Kinsler, but no further damage in the bottom of the third. Detroit leads 1-0.

4th-6th Innings: JV gave up a base hit with one out in the fourth, then Kelly Johnson put the Mets ahead by one run with a two-run home run. Cabrera then led off the bottom of the fourth inning with a single to left field. Victor Martinez followed an belted a two-run shot to right field to put Detroit back ahead by a run. Syndergaard then gave up a double to J.D. Martinez and a walk to Nick Castellanos before Justin Upton hit into a double play. Martinez advanced to third on the play and eventually scored on a James McCann base hit to right field to put the Tigers up by two runs.

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Both ball clubs went down in order in the fifth.

New York got a runner on base in the sixth, but nothing further. Detroit got the lead-off man on base in the bottom of the sixth inning with a walk, followed by a base hit, but neither base runner touched home plate. Detroit leads 4-2.

7th-9th Innings: Shane Greene replaced Verlander to begin the seventh. Greene produced a scoreless inning of work with two strikeouts. Detroit went down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Justin Wilson replaced Greene to begin the eighth. He, like Greene in the seventh, pitched a scoreless inning of work. Cabrera singled to lead-off the bottom of the eighth inning, but that’s all the offense would muster.

Francisco Rodriguez replaced Wilson in the ninth. K-Rod was looking for his 31st save of the season for Detroit. He gave up an earned run, but ended up notching save number 31 on the season. Detroit wins 4-3.

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Game two of the series is tomorrow night as Matt Boyd will toe the slab for the Tigers.

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