Final in 11

Series: Game 2 of 3

NY Mets leads 2-0 (as of 6/19)

Game 1: Friday, June 18
NY Mets3
Game 2: Saturday, June 19
in 11
NY Mets4
Game 3: Sunday, June 20
NY Mets6

Tigers 3

(31-36, 15-18 away)

Mets 4

(33-34, 19-14 home)

    7:10 PM ET, June 19, 2004

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

    R H E
    DET - -
    NYM - -

    W: B. Looper (2-1)

    L: C. Dingman (1-1)

    Reyes' triple in 10th sets the stage for N.Y.

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Jose Reyes made an immediate impact on the New York Mets and Mike Cameron gave them another win.

    Reyes tripled in the 10th to spark the Mets rally, which was capped by Cameron's single to give the Mets a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.

    "Everybody doesn't have that type of electricity," Cameron said. "He's one of those guys. He's back doing his thing and hopefully we'll ride him for a little bit."

    Cameron had two more hits Saturday night, setting up New York's first run and then driving in the winner in the 10th. He has hit in seven straight games, batting .370 over that stretch with six RBI.

    His average is up to .214, nothing fancy but miles from where he was when his slump sent his average below .200.

    "You carry it over, day to day," he said. "That's baseball. That's what it's all about. You want to continue to roll on with confidence. I came off a long bad stretch."

    Reyes rejoined the Mets from the disabled list after missing the first 66 games of the season since straining his right hamstring in spring training March 14.

    He drove in a run in the eighth on a grounder, and when the ball squirted past second baseman Omar Infante for an error, Reyes hustled to second. He advanced on a fly ball and scored on Cliff Floyd's two-out single to tie the game at 3.

    "As soon as I saw it go under the second baseman, I thought second base all the way," Reyes said.

    It was the same thing when with one out in the 10th, Reyes tripled to right-center off Craig Dingman (1-1).

    "I thought triple all the way," he said. "I couldn't take the smile off my face on third base."

    Two intentional walks loaded the bases, and Reyes was forced at the plate on pinch-hitter Shane Spencer's grounder.

    But Cameron, whose ninth-inning homer won Friday night's game, followed with a drive to the left-field warning track for a game-winning single.

    It was a second straight disappointing loss for the Tigers.

    "That's two in a row," manager Alan Trammell said. "Those are tough. They all are to a certain degree but to lose on a walkoff homer one night and then a comeback on a couple of mistakes. We shot ourselves in the foot and they took advantage."

    Braden Looper (2-1) struck out three in two perfect innings for his second win in two nights.

    With the Mets trailing 3-1, Karim Garcia opened the eighth with a double and moved to third on a wild pitch by Tigers starter Jason Johnson.

    Reyes drove the run in with his grounder that got past Infante for an error. Garcia scored and Reyes reached second on the play.

    After Ty Wigginton flied out, Floyd singled to right against reliever Esteban Yan, scoring Reyes to tie it at 3. Yan then retired pinch-hitter Mike Piazza when Infante ran down his foul popup to end the inning.

    Carlos Guillen doubled home two runs in the first inning for Detroit, and Johnson made them stand until he left in the eighth with tightness in his right shoulder. He allowed three runs -- one earned -- and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

    New York starter Al Leiter gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.

    The Mets got a run back in the second when they loaded the bases with one out. Floyd was safe at the plate when Ivan Rodriguez dropped a throw from third baseman Brandon Inge, who made a nice stop on Eric Valent's bouncer.

    Leiter then grounded into a double play, ending the inning.

    The two failures with the bases loaded left New York 8-for-64 this season in that situation. They had been 6-for-60 before hits earlier this week by Cameron and Kaz Matsui.

    The Tigers added a run in the eighth on Alex Sanchez's RBI groundout.

    Game notes

    Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal was honored before the game for his contributions to New York's Dominican community. ... Rodriguez was credited with a stolen base in the fourth when he was picked off first base but beat Valent's throw to second. ... CF Sanchez robbed Floyd of an extra-base hit, running down his long drive in the sixth. ... Mets reliever John Franco appeared in his 1,065th game, fourth on the career list. He is five shy of Hoyt Wilhelm. ... Mets OF Richard Hidalgo was 0-for-3 and is 0-for-7 in two games since being acquired from Houston. ... Detroit 1B Dmitri Young was scratched from the starting lineup because of dizziness after being hit in the head on Friday. Young pinch-hit in the 10th and struck out.

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