***********And who says the Mets can’t score any runs. Yet another reason why some stats are meaningless. At the end of the year when we look at the Mets run total, we will have to remember this four-game onslaught.**********
By: Anthony DiComo
The sudden offensive juggernaut continued rolling Wednesday night at Comerica Park, this time in a 16-9 Mets victory over the Tigers. For the fourth consecutive game, the Mets plated at least eight runs, matching the longest such streak in franchise history. They recorded a total of 52 runs over that span, exceeding a franchise record set in 1990.
And, of most importance to the Mets, they moved to a season-high two games above .500 for the first time since April 5.
It was Jose Reyes who sparked the Mets as usual, singling and scoring on a wild pitch in the first. But it was Scott Hairston who provided the most significant early blow, tripling home three runs against Tigers starter Phil Coke with two outs in the first. Hairston, who started at designated hitter in the American League ballpark, had not tripled in nearly two years.
The Mets added an additional run on Angel Pagan’s RBI single in the third inning, before chasing Coke with four consecutive hits to open the fifth. That rally included an RBI double from catcher and cleanup hitter Ronny Paulino and a run-scoring single from Jason Bay, all with no outs.
Bay, who snapped the team’s two-year grand slam drought in Tuesday’s victory, walked three times and added a single.
Though Mets starter Chris Capuano was sharp early, holding the Tigers to two solo home runs over his first five innings, Miguel Cabrera knocked him out of the game with a three-run home run — his second homer of the game — in the sixth. Estimated at 445 feet, the shot snapped a streak of four consecutive quality starts for Capuano, who nonetheless won for the fourth time in his past five decisions.
Johnny Peralta and Andy Dirks later homered in the sixth and seventh innings, respectively, each time drawing the Tigers within two. It was not until Daniel Murphy hit matching two-out, two-run singles in the seventh and eighth innings that the Mets finally managed to exhale.
Jason Isringhausen and D.J. Carrasco recorded the final six outs, with Isringhausen allowing a run.
The Mets now rank fourth in the National League in offense, and first by a significant margin in the month of June. Passing the Yankees in monthly offense, the Mets now trail only the Red Sox in runs since June 1.