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Mets 11, Tigers 0: Verlander loses control

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Jordany Valdespin and Brandon Hicks homered against ace Justin Verlander and the Mets routed the Detroit Tigers, 11-0, Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium.

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

#35 SP
Detroit Tigers

2012 STATS

  • GM33
  • W17

  • L8

  • BB60

  • K239

  • ERA2.64

Brian Bixler (3-for-3) also went deep for the Amazin’s.

Jonathon Niese combined with Greg Burke, Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Aaron Laffey on the five-hit shutout.

Mets pitchers have now tossed 18 straight scoreless innings.

“I think my rhythm was off, and that kind of led to everything,” said Verlander, who was charged with five runs in 4 1/3 innings. “My fastball control was not good, changeup was bad, slider was bad. Breaking ball was all right.”

Valdespin homered on a changeup “which didn’t do anything,” according to Verlander.

Game tidbits:

LIKE IKE: Ike Davis had a two-run single against left-hander Kenny Faulk, although the runs were charged to Verlander.

SOLID: Familia tossed a perfect seventh with one strikeout. Perhaps more importantly, he had two groundouts, a continued sign his sinker is on.

Since surrendering three runs (two earned) in his first Grapefruit League appearance, he now has tossed five straight scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and one walk.

OUCH: The Mets were hit five times with pitches in two games against the Tigers in a four-day span. This time, Verlander hit Ruben Tejada and Valdespin. The Mets hit no one in either game.