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Mets use pair of grand slams to bombard Tigers

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DETROIT -- Jason Bay's drive down the line in left field stayed fair, giving the New York Mets their first grand slam in nearly two years.

Their next drought was a lot shorter.

Carlos Beltran hit a grand slam the following inning, and the rout was very much on.

New York beat the Detroit Tigers 14-3 on Tuesday night to move back above .500 -- and snapped a peculiar streak of 299 games without a bases-loaded homer.

"Sometimes in this game, there's things that take a while to happen," Beltran said. "Today, we were able to hit two. No explanation for it."

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There is an explanation for why the Mets (40-39) have a winning record: They're starting to hit.

Jose Reyes went 4 for 4 with a double and a triple -- his second straight four-hit game. He and Angel Pagan both reached base five times.

The Mets scored 14 runs for the second time in three games. They beat Texas 14-5 on Saturday. New York has scored 36 runs in its last three games.

Reyes needed a homer for the cycle but settled for a walk in the seventh inning. He was then lifted for a pinch-runner.

"I tried. I was looking for something in," he said. "Everything away, so I take a walk."

New York had been without a grand slam since Pagan hit one Aug. 1, 2009, then Bay and Beltran cleared the bases in the fourth and fifth innings off reliever Daniel Schlereth.

The Mets are above .500 for the first time since they were 3-2 in early April.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello (6-6) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.

"He threw some bad pitches that they hit, and he threw some good pitches that they hit," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said. "They were aggressive and they beat us up pretty well."

New York's R.A. Dickey (4-7) gave up three runs and 10 hits in seven innings. He walked three and struck out six on a night with little stress.

"What you guys are doing here is a little bit ridiculous," Dickey joked when reporters surrounded him after the game. "If I'm even mentioned in an article, I'm going to boycott."

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI doubles by Daniel Murphy and Pagan. They scored seven runs in the fourth -- all after Porcello retired the first two batters. That was an ugly turnabout for the Tigers, who scored seven runs with two outs in the eighth inning on Sunday against Arizona.

Josh Thole started New York's big rally with a solo homer, his first of the season. Reyes followed with his 15th triple and he scored on a single by Willie Harris to make it 4-0. Beltran and Murphy added two more singles, with Harris scoring on Murphy's.

Schlereth relieved Porcello and walked Pagan to load the bases. Bay ended his team's grand slam drought and made it 9-0.

"To go from that to two in one game, I think was pretty unforeseen," Bay said.

The Milwaukee Brewers are now the team with the longest dry spell, with no grand slams since June 14, 2010, according to STATS, LLC. The Mets gave up 18 grand slams during their drought, the most in baseball.

Beltran's grand slam in the fifth was more toward left-center and it gave the Mets a 13-0 lead. The last club with grand slams in consecutive innings was Washington on July 27, 2009, according to STATS.

It was the ninth career grand slam for Beltran and the third for Bay.

Now Dickey wants the Mets to end another streak.

"I guess the no-hitter's next, right?" he said.

The Mets have never pitched one.

Notes

  • Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks homered for the Tigers, and Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the eighth for New York to make it 14-3.
  • Reyes played his 1,000th game. He has 98 triples and 360 stolen bases. According to statistics provided by the Mets from the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player with that many triples and stolen bases in his first 1,000 games -- since 1898, when the modern stolen base rule was enacted -- was Ty Cobb, who had 106 triples and 391 steals.
  • Leyland said before the game he plans to rest OF Magglio Ordonez on Thursday, when this three-game series ends with a day game.
 
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    Jason Bay swings through a grand slam in the fourth inning -- right before teammate Carlos Beltran follows suit.  (Getty Images)
Jason Bay swings through a grand slam in the fourth inning -- right before teammate Carlos Beltran follows suit. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Reyes
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

C. Beltran
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS4340100 .349
    Ruben Tejada, PR-SS1000010 .278
Willie Harris, DH4211014 .242
   a- Scott Hairston, PH-DH0000100 .243
Carlos Beltran, RF5224002 .281
    Jason Pridie, RF1010000 .241
Daniel Murphy, 3B6222002 .297
Angel Pagan, CF3231200 .250
Jason Bay, LF5114014 .234
Lucas Duda, 1B5010011 .226
Justin Turner, 2B4111101 .265
Josh Thole, C5121012 .253
Totals4314181455  
a-walked for Harris in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (21, Schlereth), Daniel Murphy (13, Porcello), Angel Pagan (6, Porcello)
3B - Jose Reyes (15, Porcello)
HR - Carlos Beltran (11, Schlereth), Jason Bay (4, Schlereth), Josh Thole (1, Porcello)
RBI - Willie Harris (10), Carlos Beltran 4 (53), Daniel Murphy 2 (28), Angel Pagan (20), Jason Bay 4 (20), Justin Turner (33), Josh Thole (21)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Harris (4), Daniel Murphy 2 (13), Angel Pagan (6), Jason Bay 4 (13), Justin Turner (10), Josh Thole (7)
SB - Jose Reyes (29, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila), Angel Pagan (12, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Turner-Reyes-Duda, Duda-Reyes
PB - Josh Thole (10)
E - Justin Turner (7, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,4-7) 71033362 3.77
Bobby Parnell 1000000 3.26
Manny Acosta 1000010 9.72
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 113-74, Bobby Parnell 5-3, Manny Acosta 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 9-6
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 34, Bobby Parnell 3, Manny Acosta 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF4122100 .252
Brennan Boesch, LF5010003 .300
Magglio Ordonez, RF2010100 .200
    Andy Dirks, RF2111000 .241
Miguel Cabrera, 1B2010100 .333
    Don Kelly, 1B2000010 .256
Victor Martinez, DH4010025 .335
Jhonny Peralta, SS4010013 .310
Alex Avila, C4010012 .303
Brandon Inge, 3B4000021 .203
Ryan Raburn, 2B4110001 .201
Totals37310337  
Batting
2B - Alex Avila (16, Dickey)
HR - Austin Jackson (4, Dickey), Andy Dirks (4, Dickey)
RBI - Austin Jackson 2 (22), Andy Dirks (11)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Raburn-Peralta-Cabrera, Peralta-Raburn-Kelly
E - Rick Porcello (2, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (L,6-6) 3.21177001 5.06
Daniel Schlereth 1.1466232 4.91
Charlie Furbush 2100110 2.49
Ryan Perry 1111100 9.88
David Purcey 1100110 2.36
HBP - Harris (by Daniel Schlereth)
WP - Daniel Schlereth (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 71-47, Daniel Schlereth 44-24, Charlie Furbush 32-20, Ryan Perry 24-14, David Purcey 21-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-5, Charlie Furbush 3-1, Ryan Perry 2-1, David Purcey 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 22, Daniel Schlereth 11, Charlie Furbush 7, Ryan Perry 5, David Purcey 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28480
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Lance Barrett, Third Base - Brian O'Nora