After falling behind 6-1 in the fourth inning, the Mets battled back to 6-5 and finally, in the top of the ninth, got the base hit they needed with runners in scoring position, only to have the would-be tying run gunned down at the plate to end the game.
The Mets went just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position overall, but one of the hits was Travis d’Arnaud’s game-ending single in the top of the ninth that chased Jay Bruce from second to almost-home. A perfect throw home from J.D. Martinez in right field iced the Mets and sent Tigers fans home happy.
The Mets had 14 hits and three walks and were all over the bases on numerous occasions, but often failed to pick up the big two-out hit that would have brought home an extra run here or there and made for a much different ballgame.
Logan Verrett started for the Mets and was not good, allowing all six Tigers runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings. Jon Niese allowed one of those runs to score after relieving Verrett in the fourth, but otherwise pitched okay for 2.1 innings. Hansel Robles was his typically dominant self for a couple of frames.
Jay Bruce hit is second home run as a Met and Curtis Granderson added his 18th of the season.
The Mets wrap up their series with the Tigers on Sunday when Jacob deGrom takes on Anibal Sanchez at 1:10 PM EDT.
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