Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers makes a play at first base in the first inning to pitcher Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Tigers for an out during a game against the New York Mets at Comerica Park on August 7, 2016 in Detroit.
"Because I didn't think about it - that's why", Collins said after the Mets lost their second straight but remained two games behind the Marlins and Cardinals in the race for the NL's second wild-card berth. They've won nine of their last 11 games and 12 of their last 16, while roaring into the playoff chase, and begin a six-game road trip Monday in Seattle. The right-hander lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing the one run on seven hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
"No question that was his best outing of the season", manager Brad Ausmus said. "He had a great fastball and he kept his pitch count down".
Sunday's performance lowered his ERA to 5.88 on the year.
DETROIT (AP) - The ball bounced off first baseman James Loney and past second baseman Neil Walker, hopping agonizingly into right field.
Mets' manager Terry Collins told reporters after the game that the team will evaluate its options for a fifth starter going forward.
The Tigers squandered a shot at the go-ahead run in the eighth when J.D. Martinez was caught and tagged out between third and home. "By that time, if he tries to start up again and go, he's out by 20 feet", Ausmus said. "There's no blame here". Justin looked back and saw the ball got through, so he's thinking that J.D. saw the same thing.
The Mets were victimized by some bad luck when the Tigers tied it with back-to-back infield singles in the seventh, but after escaping the eighth thanks to a Detroit baserunning blunder, NY retook the lead when Walker went deep off Francisco Rodriguez (1-2).
Detroit trails AL Central-leading Cleveland by two games.
After Bruce's fourth-inning homer tied the game at 1, the Tigers answered with five runs in the bottom of the inning.
NY trailed 6-1 before rallying with two runs each in the fifth and seventh, and with men on first and second and two out in the ninth, d'Arnaud hit a single to right.
Bruce and Wilmer Flores had delivered consecutive singles with two outs before d'Arnaud stroked a chopper through the first-base hole.
Two batters later, Ian Kinsler singled to bring home another run and make it a 4-1 game.
Rodriguez hit Alejandro De Aza with a pitch to start the ninth, and Walker followed with a drive to right-center.
The Mets hit into three double plays in the final four innings in a loss Saturday night. On Sunday, it was Detroit's turn to waste scoring chances. It was almost a redeeming hit for d'Arnaud, who previously had struck out twice and grounded into a double play.
Mets: SS Jose Reyes (left oblique strain) is scheduled to play in a simulated game Monday in Florida.
Jay Bruce's bat gave the New York Mets another boost.
Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (Tommy John surgery) pitched an inning in his first rehab start with Class A St. Lucie.