Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - The top of the Detroit Tigers lineup came
through in a big way Friday night.
Austin Jackson, Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera each hit a home run as the
Tigers defeated the New York Mets, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game series
at Citi Field.
Cabrera and Hunter each had a pair of hits, with Cabrera driving in three
runs for the Tigers. Omar Infante also had two hits with a run scored.
Doug Fister (11-6) gave up one run on eight hits and two walks over 6 1/3
Marlon Byrd drove in the lone run for New York. Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-1), who
signed with the Mets on Thursday, got the start but struggled in his season
debut, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk through five frames.
Hunter clubbed an 0-2 pitch with one out in the first, only for the
Mets to respond in the home half. Eric Young hit a leadoff single, stole
second, and scored on Marlon Byrd's single to left.
However, the Tigers pounded Matsuzaka for four runs in the second. Infante
started the inning with an infield single. After a line out by Jose
Iglesias and a sacrifice bunt from Fister, Jackson walked.
Hunter then hit a ground rule double to center. Cabrera followed with a three-
run shot to left. He hammered the first pitch thrown by Matsuzaka to give
Detroit a 5-1 lead.
Jackson added to the lead with a solo shot to left in the seventh.
The Mets had opportunities to score with two on and two out in the seventh and
in the eighth, but failed to capitalize on both chances.
They had another shot in the ninth, after Young ripped a two-out double to
right, but Bruce Rondon retired Daniel Murphy to end the game.
Cabrera has reached base safely in each of his last 26 games. He also has 19
three-RBI games this season, second-most in team history. Only Hank Greenberg
has more, with 23, set in 1935 ... Young went 3-for-5 ... Murphy had a nine-
game hitting streak snapped ... The Mets were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring
position and left 10 runners on base.
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