Four-run fourth powers Mets over Tigers




Zack Wheeler tossed 7 1/3 strong innings Sunday afternoon and Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run fourth inning for the New York Mets, who edged the visiting Detroit Tigers 4-3.

The Mets won the final two games of the three-game series and went 6-1 on a seven-game homestand to get back to .500 for the first time since May 14. The Tigers have lost 11 of 12.

Nicholas Castellanos staked the Tigers to an early 3-0 lead via a first-inning solo homer and a two-run single in the third. But Wheeler (4-3) retired 13 straight following Castellanos' second single before he exited with two on and one out in the eighth. Wheeler gave up the three runs on five hits and one walk while striking out eight.

Jeurys Familia struck out both batters he faced in the eighth and Edwin Diaz allowed a walk and a hit in the ninth before striking out John Hicks and JaCoby Jones to earn his 13th save.

Tigers rookie right-hander Spencer Turnbull (2-4) limited the Mets to one hit - a single by Wheeler - through the first three innings before Dominic Smith led off the fourth with a double. Smith went to third on a one-out single by Wilson Ramos and scored when Todd Frazier performed a half-swinging bunt into the shift for an RBI single.

After Carlos Gomez struck out, Hechavarria launched his second opposite field three-run homer of the series.

Turnbull allowed the four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out eight and tying a career-high with seven innings pitched. He also scored his first major league run in the third inning.

Wheeler and Smith had two hits apiece.

The three RBIs were a season-high for Castellanos and his most since he had five RBIs against the Chicago White Sox last Aug. 13. Jones had two hits and a stolen base for Detroit.

--Field Level Media

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