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Detroit goes better with Coke: Tigers 6, Mets 5

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Phil Coke bailed the Tigers out after they saw a 6-1 lead evaporate against the Mets.
Phil Coke bailed the Tigers out after they saw a 6-1 lead evaporate against the Mets.


Final - 6.24.2010 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit Tigers 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 6 12 0
New York Mets 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 5 10 0
WP: Armando Galarraga (3 - 1)
SV: Jose Valverde (17)
LP: Hisanori Takahashi (6 - 3)

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Yes I realize any out-of-town fans are snickering at the headline right about now. But forget you!

So the Tigers led 6-1. Armando Galarraga was cruising. Maybe not perfection, but no hits allowed until the fourth inning. Pretty good. Even after he gave up a run in the fourth inning, Detroit still seemed set to win an easy enough game, especially after Ryan Raburn homered and Brandon Inge walked with the bases loaded during a 3-run fifth inning.

Then Galarraga's 2009 version showed up and suddenly it's 6-4 when four of the first five Mets in the sixth inning reach base.

Fast forward a bit and Eddie Bonine is struggling in the seventh. It's 6-5 and Phil Coke takes the mound with an out and two runners on. I'm not going to saint Coke or anything here. He put a runner on to load the bases. But he got out of the problem with a strikeout and a nice assist from Austin Jackson

Joel Zumaya made it interesting, but Jose Valverde picked up his 17th save of the year.

The Tigers know drama. Even when we don't want them to.

And in other important news: The Twins lost. So it's back to a 1/2 game deficit in the Central. Detroit heads down to Atlanta now, with Andrew Oliver set to make his MLB debut against the Braves. Check back mid-morning Friday for a scouting report on him from David Tokarz.