DETROIT (AP) – Justin Verlander slowed down the rampaging Mets, pitching seven solid innings Thursday to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 5-2 victory over New York.
The Mets had scored a team-record 52 runs in their previous four games, including 30 in the first two of this series. Verlander (11-3) prevented a sweep, holding New York to one run and seven hits. He finishes June with a 6-0 record and a 0.92 ERA, and tied CC Sabathia for the major league lead in wins.
Joaquin Benoit pitched the eighth, and Jose Valverde finished for his 19th save.
Daniel Murphy and Carlos Beltran homered for New York’s only runs. Andy Dirks hit a solo shot for the Tigers.
The Mets start a three-game home series against the Yankees on Friday night.
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