Mets Slam Tigers in Motown
By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran hit grand slams in
consecutive innings _ after the Mets had gone nearly two years
without one _ and New York routed the Detroit Tigers 14-3 on
Tuesday night to move back above .500.
The Mets (40-39) have a winning record for the first time since
they were 3-2 in early April.
New York had been without a grand slam since Angel Pagan hit one
Aug. 1, 2009, before Bay and Beltran cleared the bases in the
fourth and fifth innings off reliever Daniel Schlereth.
Jose Reyes went 4 for 4 with a double and a triple before being
lifted for a pinch-runner after a seventh-inning walk.
Detroit starter Rick Porcello (6-6) allowed seven runs and 11
hits in 3 2-3 innings.
New York’s R.A. Dickey (4-7) gave up three runs and 10 hits in
seven innings. He walked three and struck out six.
The Mets scored 14 runs for the second time in three games. They
beat Texas 14-5 on Saturday. New York has scored 36 runs in its
last three games.
Reyes and Pagan reached base five times each. Pagan had two
singles, a double and two walks.
The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI doubles by Daniel
Murphy and Pagan. They added seven runs in the fourth _ all after
Porcello retired the first two batters. That was an ugly turnabout
for the Tigers, who scored seven runs with two outs in the eighth
inning on Sunday against Arizona.
Josh Thole started New York’s big rally with a solo homer, his
first of the season. Reyes followed with his 15th triple and he
scored on a single by Willie Harris to make it 4-0. Beltran and
Murphy added two more singles, with Harris scoring on Murphy’s.
Schlereth relieved Porcello and walked Pagan to load the bases.
Bay hit a drive that stayed fair down the left-field line, ending
his team’s grand slam drought and making it 9-0.
The Milwaukee Brewers are now the team with the longest dry
spell, with no grand slams since June 14, 2010, according to STATS,
LLC. The Mets gave up 18 grand slams during their drought, the most
Beltran’s grand slam in the fifth was more toward left-center
and it gave the Mets a 13-0 lead. The last club with grand slams in
consecutive innings was Washington on July 27, 2009, according to
It was the ninth career grand slam for Beltran and the third for
Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks homered for the Tigers, and Justin
Turner hit an RBI single in the eighth for New York to make it
Notes: Reyes played his 1,000th game. He has 98 triples and 360
stolen bases. According to statistics provided by the Mets from the
Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player with that many triples
and stolen bases in his first 1,000 games _ since 1898, when the
modern stolen base rule was enacted _ was Ty Cobb, who had 106
triples and 391 steals. … Detroit manager Jim Leyland said before
the game he plans to rest OF Magglio Ordonez on Thursday, when this
three-game series ends with a day game.
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