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Unsurprisingly, Justin Verlander stops the Tigers' skid

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DETROIT - JUNE 30: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the second inning of the game against the New York Mets at Comerica Park on June 30, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT - JUNE 30: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers warms up prior to the start of the second inning of the game against the New York Mets at Comerica Park on June 30, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Final - 6.30.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 10 1
Detroit Tigers 0 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 X 5 10 0
WP: Justin Verlander (11 - 3)
SV: Jose Valverde (19)
LP: Mike Pelfrey (4 - 7)

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2: The Mets scored 2 runs off the Tigers today after scoring 30 the prior two games. What a difference a Verlanderday makes!

KEY PLAY

I'm tempted to use the "Jim Leyland wrote Justin Verlander's name down as his starting pitcher" line again. But I suppose I should find a real play.

How about we go with Brennan Boesch throwing out Lucas Duda at home in the seventh? Duda tripled to open up the inning. He tried to score on a flyout to left field. Alex Avila blocked the plate, the umpire got a close call right, and the double play was recorded. Of course Detroit would still have had a three-run cushion had he scored, but I just wanted to emphasize Boesch's arm and Avila's defense.

KEY THOUGHTS

Verlander did his ace thing again. Of course he did. He knows no other way. He saved the bullpen, which desperately needed the rest, by going seven strong innings. Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde hadn't been needed much the past couple of days, so getting them some work was fine. And the funny thing is, during the postgame Avila said Verlander didn't have his best stuff and pitched through it.

Via the Official Tigers twitter account:

Verlander has won 9 straight decisions, the longest single-season streak by a Tigers pitcher since David Wells posted 9 straight '95

Andy Dirks might be the only one disappointed to see the Mets leave town. He hit his third home run of the series. He also went 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch and a stolen base. Not too shabby.

Ramon Santiago had two hits and is now batting .219. As far as Tigers second baseman goes this year, he's basically Babe Ruth.

Key to the Tigers' offense was a combination of working the count against Mets starter Mike Pelfrey, and letting him do the rest. They walked five times against him, and he left the game after 4 2/3 innings with a pitch count of 109.

Cleveland didn't play, so the Tigers are back to being alone in first place. Strange, with all the rainouts the Tigers have still played three more games than the Indians.