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The Tigers jumped on Matt Harvey early, swinging early and often; they ended up with 13 hits off the Mets All Star in six innings. Harvey gave up only two runs though, and struck out four, as he limited the damage. Harvey allowed just two doubles (one to Scherzer and one to Dirks); the rest of the hits he gave up were singles.
The Tigers chased Harvey in the seventh with four straight singles, but were unable to score a single run as they had a runner thrown out at home and were robbed of another run on a blown call at second base. They finally ended up adding an insurance run in the ninth when Don Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to score Austin Jackson.
José Alvarez, recently recalled from Toledo for Phil Coke, came on in the seventh and retired the Mets in order. He stayed in the game to bat for himself in the next half inning, and then retired the first batter of the eighth before being relieved by José Veras. Veras retired the only two batters he faced without much trouble.
Joaquín Benoit came on for the save in the ninth, and then retired the side in order to preserve the shutout and Scherzer’s 19th win.