The New York Mets were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in a 6-5 loss Thursday night, trying to fight back from a 6-1 deficit. They missed their chance at a sweep, as well as moving into first place in the NL East.

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Initial Reaction:

Hisanori Takahashi faced off against “28-out perfect-gamer” Armando Galarraga in the final game of a the three-game set. At first, the game looked like it would turn into a blowout, with Takahashi throwing meatballs over the plate, giving up hits left to right. However, the Mets bullpen came up big and put up zeros across the board, allowing the offense to inch their way back.

Speaking of offense, they woke up against Galarraga in the sixth inning. David Wright doubled in Jose Reyes, Ike Davis dribbled a grounder to the shortstop to score Jesus Feliciano from third, and then Bay singled in Wright to complete a three-run inning. They had a chance to tack on more, but failed to do so. Same could be said about the seventh inning.

It was nice to see the Mets try and fight back tonight, like they have done throughout the 2010 season. This is what championship teams do!

Positives From The Game:

Feliciano: Jesus, that is. He patrolled centerfield while Angel Pagan nursed a muscle spasm on the bench. In only his fourth start of the season, Feliciano recorded three hits, and scored two of the Mets five runs.

Parnell Punches Out: Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless 7th inning. He struck out three batters, while only allowing one baserunner. Parnell was recalled to replace Jenrry Mejia, who was optioned to Double-A Binghamton earlier in the week.

Late Rally: The Mets have shown resiliency all season, including tonight. Even though they took the loss, they fought back from a five-run deficit and kept the game exciting towards the end.

Negatives From The Game:

Takahashi: Hisanori Takahashi, coming off a terrific start against the Yankees last Friday, got trampled on by the Tigers today. He went only four innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, while yielding four walks. He also gave up two bombs to Magglio Ordonez and Ryan Raburn.

Davis: The Mets had many opportunities to tie or take the lead in the game. They left 14 runners on base, and six of those were stranded by Ike Davis. Although he drove in his 32nd RBI, Davis was 0-4 on the night.

Interesting Facts:

  • With Angel Pagan out, nobody in the Mets lineup had a batting average above .300.
  • David Wright has 23 RBIs in the 20 games played thus far in June.
  • Jesus Feliciano, 31, knocked his first career extra-base hit tonight.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets begin a three-game set against the just-swept Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Game Time 7:10 on SNY.

NYM Mike Pelfrey (9-2) 2.69 ERA vs. MIN Kevin Slowey (7-4) 4.58 ERA