1:05 PM ET, June 30, 2011
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
DETROIT -- By Justin Verlander's lofty standards, this was a so-so performance.It was more than enough to boost a battered Detroit Tigers pitching staff.Verlander pitched seven solid innings Thursday to lead the Tigers to a 5-2 win over the big-hitting New York Mets. Detroit had allowed 30 runs in the first two games of the series, but Verlander finished a terrific June by holding New York at bay, preventing a sweep.
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Dirks, a rookie, has six homers in 92 at-bats. ... Reyes' double was his 213th, passing Edgardo Alfonzo for fourth place on the franchise's career list.
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Regular Season Series
|2nd||D Murphy homered to right (359 feet).||1||0|
|2nd||A Jackson singled to right center, J Peralta scored.||1||1|
|3rd||A Avila hit sacrifice fly to left, V Martinez scored.||1||2|
|3rd||R Santiago singled to center, A Dirks scored, J Peralta to third, J Peralta scored, R Santiago to third on throwing error by center fielder A Pagan.||1||4|
|5th||A Dirks homered to right (390 feet).||1||5|
|8th||C Beltran homered to right (364 feet).||2||5|
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|Stadium||Comerica Park, Detroit, MI|
|Attendance||31,861 (77.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||81 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Lance Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano|
Verlander wasn't as dominant as he's been the rest of the month, but the Mets couldn't muster much in the clutch. The Mets were 2-10 with four strikeouts with men on base, including 0-5 with runners in scoring position.
NEXT LEVEL: One of the interesting aspects of the Justin Verlander/Cliff Lee debate about who had the better month is that they were remarkable in two totally different ways. While Verlander got nearly 40 percent of his outs on strikeouts, Lee relied heavily on getting batters out with ground balls. Lee also surrended a fewer percentage of fly balls while not allowing a single home run. Verlander gave up three homers in June.[+]
Getting Them Out Differently In June - Pct of Outs
NEXT LEVEL: One of the reasons for Justin Verlander's dominant June? He kept the ball out of play. In play percentage is the number of palls put into play divided by the total number of swings. Verlander's in-play percentage of 32.8 in June led the majors.[+]
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