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Mets 14, Tigers 6

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NEW YORK -- Angel Pagan knows his time as an everyday player for the Mets might soon come to an end -- no matter how impressive his play has been.

And boy, has it been impressive.

Pagan finished a homer shy of the cycle and had four RBI, David Wright reached base five times and scored three runs, and the New York Mets routed the Detroit Tigers 14-6 on a rainy Tuesday night.

"Angel's playing extremely well," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "He's been big."

Pagan, subbing in center field all season for injured Carlos Beltran, tied a career high with four hits -- hours after learning that Beltran will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Class-A St. Lucie.

Beltran is recovering from offseason knee surgery. He could return to the Mets sometime around the All-Star break, which likely would cut into playing time for Pagan and right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

But Pagan, who's hitting .304, said he doesn't think about what will happen when Beltran returns.

"What's in my mind is to help the team as much as I can and to protect Carlos' spot; that's a big responsibility," he said.

Ike Davis had two hits and two RBI in the third inning as the Mets batted around for seven runs, getting help from Jay Sborz, who became the first pitcher in eight years to hit the first two batters in his first big league game.

"A kid makes his debut like that, you don't like to see that," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "You don't like to see that but it happens. I'm not too concerned about it."

Sborz was pitching in relief of Justin Verlander (8-5), who did not return to the mound after a 58-minute rain delay that began after he allowed an RBI double to Jason Bay in the third inning that gave New York a 3-0 lead.

The Mets returned home from a 7-2 road trip, having lost the final two games of a three-game set with the crosstown rival Yankees, to face the Tigers in New York for the first time since 2004.

The Tigers gave the Mets plenty of help in this matchup of teams that each entered 9-3 in interleague play. Detroit walked seven -- one intentionally -- hit two batters with pitches and allowed Jose Reyes to reach on a third strike that went to the backstop for a wild pitch.

"It was ugly," Leyland said.

Wright had two singles, an RBI double, a sacrifice fly and two walks -- one intentional. Reyes scored three runs and had three hits, and every position player except Rod Barajas drove in a run as the Mets set a season best for runs.

Jonathan Niese did not allow a hit for the first three innings but went 90 minutes between pitches thanks to the rain delay and struggled in the fourth, giving up a two-run homer to Brennan Boesch that went over the 415-foot sign in right-center.

"We had a very, very long inning. It probably cost him," said Manuel, who indicated Niese was ready to pitch after the delay but then sat another 24 minutes while the Mets batted.

Niese labored in the fifth, too. Manuel gave the left-hander every chance to earn his fourth straight win, but lifted him once he walked Brandon Inge to load the bases with two outs.

"The ball got soggy. I just couldn't make the adjustments," Niese said.

Fernando Nieve (2-3) gave up an RBI single to Boesch in 2 1/3 innings and struck out four in a row.

In the third, Davis singled before the rain arrived, then greeted reliever Brad Thomas with a two-run double in an inning that started at 8:06 p.m and ended at 9:34 p.m.

After the tarp was removed, Sborz, called up from Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday, hit Barajas with a pitch to load the bases and then plunked Francoeur to force in a run.

Sborz's big-league debut was over about as quickly as it started. He got just two outs, one on a diving stop by Inge, who tagged third base with his glove for a forceout, and a strikeout when Niese bunted foul for strike three. Sborz gave up five runs while getting just two outs.

Justin Miller of the Toronto Blue Jays was the last pitcher to hit the first two batters in his big league debut. He did it on April 12, 2002, against Tampa Bay, according to STATS LLC.

After being lifted, Sborz shook his head in the dugout. Verlander, who also allowed five runs, came over for a word.

Austin Jackson made his first start since hurting his back a week ago. He had an RBI double in the Tigers' four-run fifth.

Notes

Pagan singled and grounded out in his two chances to get the cycle. He has a 10-game hitting streak. ... Sborz replaced struggling starter Rick Porcello, optioned to Toledo before Sunday's game. After going 14-9 as a 20-year-old rookie, Porcello is 4-7 with a 6.14 ERA this season. ... The Mets recalled RHP Bobby Parnell from Triple-A Buffalo. He pitched a scoreless inning.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

A. Pagan
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 4
Detroit

B. Boesch
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Detroit Tigers
Austin Jackson, CF4111021 .307
Gerald Laird, C5111020 .181
Magglio Ordonez, RF4000110 .328
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4110112 .327
Brennan Boesch, LF3223101 .343
Carlos Guillen, 2B4010012 .294
Brandon Inge, 3B3010111 .262
Danny Worth, SS3011102 .261
Justin Verlander, P1000010 .000
    Jay Sborz, P0000000 .000
    Brad Thomas, P0000000 .000
   a- Ryan Raburn, PH1100013 .186
    Fu-Te Ni, P0000000 .000
   b- Don Kelly, PH1000001 .214
    Enrique Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals33686510  
a-hit by pitch for Thomas in the 5th
b-fouled out for Ni in the 8th
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (18, Niese), Miguel Cabrera (20, Niese), Brandon Inge (18, Niese)
HR - Brennan Boesch (11, Niese)
RBI - Austin Jackson (15), Gerald Laird (10), Brennan Boesch 3 (39), Danny Worth (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brennan Boesch (12), Danny Worth (3)
CS - Austin Jackson (2, 2nd base by Niese/Barajas)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Worth-Cabrera
Detroit Tigers
Justin Verlander (L,8-5) 2555320 3.94
Jay Sborz 0.2355010 67.50
Brad Thomas 1.1311410 4.64
Fu-Te Ni 3433020 5.40
Enrique Gonzalez 1100000 0.00
IBB - Wright by Brad Thomas
HBP - Barajas (by Jay Sborz), Francoeur (by Jay Sborz)
WP - Fu-Te Ni (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Verlander 61-36, Jay Sborz 24-14, Brad Thomas 49-24, Fu-Te Ni 40-29, Enrique Gonzalez 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Verlander 2-2, Jay Sborz 1-0, Brad Thomas 2-1, Fu-Te Ni 2-6, Enrique Gonzalez 2-0
Batters Faced - Justin Verlander 14, Jay Sborz 7, Brad Thomas 11, Fu-Te Ni 14, Enrique Gonzalez 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6331011 .277
Angel Pagan, CF6344001 .304
David Wright, 3B3332200 .291
Ike Davis, 1B6133024 .268
Jason Bay, LF2112203 .280
Rod Barajas, C2000201 .246
Jeff Francoeur, RF4111006 .267
Ruben Tejada, 2B4211101 .256
Jonathon Niese, P2000023 .150
    Fernando Nieve, P1000001 .000
   a- Fernando Tatis, PH1000010 .175
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
    Ryota Igarashi, P0000000 .000
Totals3714161476  
a-struck out for Nieve in the 7th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (14, Thomas), David Wright (19, Ni), Ike Davis (14, Thomas), Jason Bay (17, Verlander)
3B - Angel Pagan (5, Verlander)
SF - David Wright (6), Jason Bay (3)
SH - Jonathon Niese (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (29), Angel Pagan 4 (35), David Wright 2 (55), Ike Davis 3 (29), Jason Bay 2 (29), Jeff Francoeur (38), Ruben Tejada (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (7), Angel Pagan 2 (15), Ike Davis 2 (14)
SB - Jose Reyes (18, 2nd base off Sborz/Laird), Jason Bay (10, 2nd base off Verlander/Laird), Jeff Francoeur (7, 2nd base off Ni/Laird)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Tejada-Davis
New York Mets
Jonathon Niese 4.2766341 4.17
Fernando Nieve (W,2-3) 2.1100140 5.34
Bobby Parnell 1000120 0.00
Ryota Igarashi 1000000 8.56
HBP - Jackson (by Jonathon Niese), Raburn (by Jonathon Niese)
Pitches-Strikes - Jonathon Niese 84-46, Fernando Nieve 40-24, Bobby Parnell 21-12, Ryota Igarashi 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jonathon Niese 4-5, Fernando Nieve 1-1, Ryota Igarashi 2-1
Batters Faced - Jonathon Niese 25, Fernando Nieve 8, Bobby Parnell 4, Ryota Igarashi 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32363
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons