By Dave Hart
Tigers 4, Mets 3 – Justin Verlander pitched the Tigers to a victory over the New York Mets on Friday night.
Detroit jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning before the Mets took a 2-1 advantage with a pair of runs in the fourth inning.
The Tigers regained their lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Detroit was led by Victor Martinez with a two-run homer while Miguel Cabrera and James McCann each added an RBI. Ian Kinsler chipped in with two singles and two stolen bases.
New York was paced in a losing effort by Kelly Johnson with a two-run home run while Neil Walker had two hits for the Mets.
The Tigers are now 60-49 on the season, good for second place in the American League Central Division behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. They are tied for the final playoff spot with the Boston Red Sox.
Detroit will look to win the series against the Mets with a victory on Saturday night.
Tied for 2nd Place in AL Central Division (2 games behind first-place Cleveland)
Tied with Boston for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 55
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 57
Next Game: 08/06/2016 vs. New York Mets 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Victor Martinez HR (19) 2 RBI (64), Miguel Cabrera RBI (71), James McCann RBI (34), J.D. Martinez 2B (21), Ian Kinsler 2 SB (12).
Pitching stats: Justin Verlander W (12-6) 6 IP 4 H 2 R 2 ER 1 BB 9 K, Francisco Rodriguez SV (31) 1 IP 1 H 1 R 1 ER 0 BB 0 K.