Detroit Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks (12) celebrates his home run with designated hitter Victor Martinez (41) during the sixth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. (Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports)
NEW YORK (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Miguel Cabrera smashed his 42nd home run of the season and Andy Dirks also homered as the Detroit Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets, 11-3, today in New York.
Rick Porcello allowed three earned runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. He also has a hit, the fourth of his major league career, in three at bats.
Cabrera and Santiago each had three hits and Dirks had two hits, three RBIs and walked twice and scored twice.
In the sixth, Victor Martinez, making his second start at catcher in this series and in the season, led off with a single. Then on a 0-1 pitch, Dirks hit one over the wall in right-center for his eighth shot of the year.
From there, Porcello (10-7) kept the Mets in check. The right-hander got them out in order in the sixth and seventh, which ended with a strikeout of Omar Quintanilla on his 102nd pitch of the day.
Bruce Rondon relieved Porcello in the eighth, who walked pinch hitter Luca Duda, to open the frame. Eric Young Jr. bunted the runner into scoring position, but Rondon got Daniel Murphy to fly out to center before striking out Marlon Byrd to end the inning.
The Tigers added a few insurance runs in the ninth off reliever LaTroy Hawkins, when Torii Hunter, Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Martinez all hit consecutive one-out singles, handing Martinez an RBI. Dirks then drew a walk, forcing in a run and ending Hawkins' day. Scott Atchison came in and Omar Infante greeted him with an RBI single to left-center. Then against Ramon Santiago, Atchison uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Bryan Holaday, running for Martinez, to score. Santiago then singled to right, scoring Dirks. Pinch hitter Matt Tuiasosopo then hit an RBI single up the middle. Austin Jackson then hit a sac fly to right to score the seventh run of the inning.
Jeremy Bonderman gave up a walk in the ninth, but got a double play and faced the minimum to end the game.
Detroit got on the board in the first inning, which saw Jackson open it with a single to right. With one away and on a 2-0 pitch, Cabrera crushed a Dillion Gee pitch into the second deck in left. Cabrera now has 128 RBIs on the season and is hitting .358, leading all of baseball in both categories.
The Mets got one of the those runs back in the third after Quintanilla drew a leadoff walk. After Gee bunted the runner to second and Young moved him to third on a groundout to second, David Murphy hit an RBI single up the middle.
With two outs in the fourth, New York took the lead. Juan Lagares hit a single off of Cabrera's glove and into leftfield. Then, catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit a pitch over the wall in left-center for his first career home run.
Gee (9-9) went six innings and gave up four earned runs on 10 hits and two walks while striking out two.
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