Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings, four of which came in the second inning thanks in part to a three-run home run by Miguel Cabrera, a home run by Torii Hunter.
Carlos Torres allowed a solo home run to Austin Jackson in two innings of relief.
Marlon Byrd drove in Daniel Murphy with a double in the first inning.
Wilmer Flores and Eric Young Jr. both had three hits, but neither scored a run.
Ike Davis and Travis d’Arnaud both went 0-for-4 and combined to strand seven runners on base.
The Mets hit into two inning-ending double plays tonight.
The Mets are now 10-5 against the American League this season.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY.TV.
Michael Baron, ContributorMatsuzaka is here for one reason: to eat up innings and keep the Mets from having to burden their young arms both here and in the minors. Having said that, he put the Mets behind by a lot early, and he left the offense too big of a hill to climb. He worked deep counts, was deliberate, and didn’t mix his stuff up well early on. He made some poor choices to both Cabrera and Hunter, and the Tigers made him pay the price for that. He did adjust well in his final three innings, but his outing in general left a lot to be desired.
Outside of performances by Byrd, Young, and Flores, the Mets were really flat tonight. They had no energy, and quite frankly put on a very boring display of baseball. I would’ve thought the day off yesterday might have been just what they needed as well, considering the long road trip they just completed. I know the roster is thinning right now, but I sure hope tonight wasn’t the beginning of this club just going through the motions down the stretch – it’s important for this team to finish strong and play well not just for us, but for a lot of people in that clubhouse…
The Mets will look to even their series with the Tigers tomorrow afternoon at Citi Field, with Matt Harvey facing Max Scherzer at 4:05 PM.