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>>caption: GALARRAGA GOT HIMSELF
AND THE TIGERS BACK ON THE WINNING
@ NYC, NY:
The Tigers took a 6-1 lead, then had
to hang on for a nail-biting 6-5 win at the
New York Mets Thursday night to escape
the Big Apple with one win in three tries.
The starters took the decisions with
Detroit's Armando Galarraga posting the
win (3-1) and NYM's Hasanori Takahashi
taking the loss (6-3). Tiger closer Jose
Valverde pitched a 1-2-3/B-9th for the
It was Galarraga's first win since his controversial near-perfect game on June
2ND (three no-decisions in-between).
The victory moved Detroit within a half game of AL-Central leading Minnesota
and kept the Tigers two games ahead of the third place Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers took a 3-0 lead on Takahashi and the Mets. Austin Jackson opened
the ballgame with a walk, went to second on a Ryan Raburn single, advanced to
third on a 1-out double steal and scored on a Miguel Cabrera sac-fly. In the T-3rd
it was Raburn's turn to begin the inning with a walk and he trotted home when
Magglio Ordonez turned on a Takahashi changeup for a line-drive, 2rHR (#10) to
Galarraga had retired nine in a row and hadn't yet yielded a basehit when the
Mets greeted Galarraga with two straight safeties to start the B-4th. Jesus Feliciano
doubled over the head of Brennan Boesch in LField and David Wight followed with a
single to shallow left to put runners at the corners. An Ike Davis double play grounder
brought Feliciano home to make it 3-1.
Detroit chased Takahashi when the first four batters reached base in the T-5th,
three of them scoring to make it 6-1. Raburn led-off with a homer (#2) to LField. Ordonez
and Cabrera both singled and Boesch walked to load the bases. Elmer Dessens replaced
Takahashi and promptly walked Brandon Inge to force in a run. A Danny Worth fielder's
choice grounder plated the third run of the inning.
New York got back in the ballgame with a 3-R/B-6th. Jose Reyes led-off with a walk
and raced to third on a Feliciano single. Wright doubled to LField to score Reyes. Davis
grounded-out to SStop and Feliciano came in. A bloop single by Jason Bay to short RCField
scored Wright from second when Wright quickly charged hard on the play and slid home
ahead of the throw-in by CFielder Jackson.
Eddie Bonine replaced Galarraga in the B-7th and the Mets pulled within 6-5 while
threatening to go ahead. With 1-out Bonine hit Ruben Tejada, then wild pitched him to
2Base. Chris Carter singled to short RField to score Tejada. Reyes blooped a single to
shallow LField. Phil Coke replaced Bonine and Feliciano dribbled an INF-1B to load the bases.
However, Coke got out of further trouble by striking-out Wright swinging and getting
Davis to flyout to deep CField.
Tiger reliever Joel Zumaya allowed a pair of 2-out singles in the B-8th and Detroit
loaded the bases with 1-out in the T-9th off two Mets bullpenners, but neither threat
Valverde then pitched a perfect T-9th against the top of the Mets line-up for
the save, getting Wright on a swinging strikeout to end the game.
Raburn was perfect at the plate, going 3-for-3 plus a W. Boesch went 3-for-4,
Cabrera 2-for-4 and Ordonez 2-for-5.
Feliciano doubled his MLB basehit total with his first career 3-H game, going
3-for-5 for the Mets. Wright went 2-for-5 to finish 6-for-11 (.545-BA) in the series.
The win was the first ever for Detroit in six interleague road games at the
Mets at two different Queens stadiums.
The loss was just the second in the last 14 home games for the Mets.
DET 6-12-0, 10-LOB (W) Galarraga, 3-1; (S) Valverde, #17
NYM 5-10-0, 7-LOB (L) Takahashi, 6-3
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "I thought we come out pretty good tonight...It got a little
harry for a while...They're a good team, they're playin' great right now...[Raburn is]
swingin' pretty good right now, he had a good night...He's pretty relaxed [at the plate]...
[Galarraga] changed speeds very well...Galarraga did a very good job against a very good
TIGERS SP ARMANDO GALARRAGA: "I gave my team a chance to win, I got the W.
That's your job every time you take the mound."
TIGERS RP PHIL COKE: "We were able to put the brakes on them."
TIGERS LF BRENNAN BOESCH: "The bullpen did a tremendous job late in the game."
METS 3B DAVID WRIGHT: "[Coke] didn't throw me a pitch that I could handle. I was
fighting to put the ball in play. That's kind of how good the stuff he has is."
Tigers 2Bman Carlos Guillen, suffering from a tight calf muscle, was scheduled for a
night off. He pinch-hit in the T-9th and grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Wright is just 1-for-10 with 2-K in his career vs Valverde.
The 39-year old Dessens has allowed eight of 10 inherited runners to score this season,
including 2-of-3 Thursday. The only Tiger runner Dessens inherited who didn't score was
stranded at 3Base when Galarraga (hitless in his MLB career) struck-out to end the T-5th.
Mets CA Rod Barajas (back stiffness) and CF Angel Pagan (right ribcage muscle spasms)
both sat out injured.
Mets CFielder Carlos Beltran began injury rehab of his right knee for Single-A Port St.
Lucie Thursday, going 0-for-2 plus a walk at the plate and not having a fielding chance in
Detroit opens a 3-game weekend series in Atlanta Friday night. RHP Kris Medlin (4-1,
3.33) is the Braves' probable pitcher vs LHP Andy Oliver (MLB debut) who will come up from
2A Erie to pitch for the Tigers.
Reliever Jay Sborz, who had a horrid MLB debut Tuesday, was optioned back to 3A
Toledo after the game to make roster room for Oliver.
RHP Rick Porcello had his first start for 3A Toledo since his demotion from Detroit to the
minors last weekend and got the win (1-0) when the Mud Hens were 6-1 winners at Louisville
Porcello threw 53 of his 85 pitches for strikes over 8-IP, allowing just 1-H & 1-W with 3-K.
The only run he allowed was unearned. Porcello kept his pitches down (something he had
trouble doing for the Tigers) to record 15 groundball outs.
Will Rhymes and Wilkin Ramirez were both 2-for-5 at the plate for Toledo with Ramirez
hitting a 2rHR (#3) and getting 3-RBI.
Ramirez has homered in two straight games and has 18 homeruns this year between
2A Erie and 3A Toledo. When he was promoted to the Hens, Ramirez led the Eastern LGE
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