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By NOAH TRISTER  AP Sports Writer
DETROIT (AP) _ Scott Hairston launched a bases-loaded triple and
Ronny Paulino contributed four hits as part of another offensive
barrage by the New York Mets, who beat the Detroit Tigers 16-9 on
Wednesday night.

The Mets set a team record by scoring 52 runs in a four-game
span, STATS LLC said. They have 69 hits during their spree.
Tigers utilityman Don Kelly got the final out, becoming the
first Detroit position player to pitch since 2000. Smiling and
laughing, Justin Verlander high-fived Kelly in the dugout _ now the
Detroit ace will try to stop the Mets on Thursday afternoon.

Miguel Cabrera hit two of Detroit’s five homers. The Mets romped
despite not hitting any home runs.

Winner Chris Capuano (7-7) went five-plus innings, giving up
five runs and six hits. An apparent mixup later left reliever Tim
Byrdak being summoned, even though he wasn’t warming up _ he
scrambled to grab his glove off a bullpen shelf, gave up a two-run
homer to the only batter he faced, and stormed into the dugout.
Phil Coke (1-8) allowed seven earned and 10 hits in four-plus
innings.

A night after New York hit two grand slams, Hairston cleared the
bases a different way in the first inning with a flyball to
right-center that fell in to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.

The Mets scored at least 14 runs for the third time in four
games, including Tuesday night’s 14-3 victory over Detroit. It was
another football score Wednesday.

The Mets scored 50 runs in four games from June 12-15, 1990,
according to STATS. It was the first time since 2007 a team won
despite being outhomered by at least five, according to STATS _
Tampa Bay beat the Orioles 15-8 on Aug. 28 of that year, despite
hitting only one home run to Baltimore’s six.

The Tigers fell into a virtual tie for first place in the AL
Central with Cleveland.

Paulino was hitting in the cleanup spot for the first time this
season. Manager Terry Collins said he didn’t want to put Jason Bay
there because he’s hitting well lately elsewhere in the lineup.
Bay, batting one spot behind Paulino, had a single and four walks.

Jose Reyes was again a catalyst for the Mets. He led off the
first with a single and took second when Cabrera mishandled a
pickoff throw for an error. Reyes stole third _ his 30th steal of
the season _ and scored on a wild pitch by Coke that bounced over
the screen behind the plate.

New York loaded the bases later in the inning, and Hairston
drove in three more runs with his triple.

Angel Pagan made it 5-0 with an RBI single in the third, his
second straight hit to start the game after reaching base in all
five plate appearances Tuesday night.

Pagan’s streak of reaching base ended at seven. Reyes hit into a
double play in the fourth after a second-inning single extended his
streak of reaching base to eight plate appearances.

Ryan Raburn hit a solo homer for Detroit in the third, and
Cabrera added another in the fourth.

New York answered with three more runs in the fifth. Paulino’s
RBI double knocked Coke out of the game. Ryan Perry came on in
relief and allowed a run-scoring single to Bay _ and another run
came home on that play on an error by Austin Jackson in center
field.

Cabrera made it 8-5 with a three-run homer in the sixth, a
445-foot shot that reached the second level of ivy beyond the fence
in left-center. It was his 17th homer of the season, and Jhonny
Peralta hit his 13th of the year later that inning to pull the
Tigers within two.

Daniel Murphy hit a bases-loaded single in the seventh, scoring
two more runs to make it 10-6. Dirks had a pinch-hit homer in the
bottom of the inning with a runner on, making it 10-8.

The Mets answered with four insurance runs, all with two out in
the eighth. Pagan hit an RBI double, Murphy singled home two more
runs, and Ruben Tejada added an RBI single.
Pagan’s two-run double in the ninth made it 16-9.

NOTES: Mets reliever Bobby Parnell had a pitch clocked at 103
miles per hour on the stadium scoreboard in the seventh. … The
Tigers recalled LHP Brad Thomas (left elbow inflammation) from his
rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Toledo, but he remains on
the disabled list. … Paulino became the sixth Met to hit cleanup
this season.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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