After giving up 30 runs in the past two games, the Detroit Tigers needed their ace to come through for them. Justin Verlander did just that. The Tiger's all-star pitcher capped an incredible month of June by stopping the red-hot New York Mets, beating the Mets 5-2 on Thursday.
Andy Dirks went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two runs scored and Austin Jackson added an RBI for the Tigers, who have won five of their last eight. Dirks' home run was his sixth in 92 at-bats this season.
Verlander (11-3) pitched seven strong innings, throwing 120 pitches while giving up one run on seven hits while fanning six. He finished the month 6-0 with 0.92 ERA.
Mike Pelfrey (4-7) was dealt the loss for New York, surrendering five runs, four earned, on eight hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
Detroit scored three runs in the third inning to jump out to a 4-1 lead. Victor Martinez doubled to right-center then advanced to third on a Dirks single. Jhonny Peralta then walked to load the bases for Alex Avila, who knocked in Martinez with a sacrifice-fly to left. With runners on first and second, Ramon Santiago ripped a single to center to score Dirks. Peralta was also able to score on the play after Angel Pagan's wild throw skipped past Murphy at third.
With his 11th win, Verlander tied New York Yankee pitcher C.C. Sabathia for the major league lead in wins.