The Mets crushed five home runs, but their pitching couldn't hold up in Friday's 9-8 loss to the Detroit Tigers. >> Box score
Seven things to know about Friday's game
1) The Tigers jumped on Noah Syndergaard early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera each drove in a run in the first, and Jacoby Jones jolted a two-run homer in the second. Syndergaard's night came to an end after 5.1 innings, as he tied his season-high with 10 hits allowed, leading to six Tiger runs.
2) The middle infielders provided a spark for the Mets, as Amed Rosario jump-started the offense in the third inning with a solo home run. Then, in the fourth, Adeiny Hechavarria slammed an opposite-field three-run shot, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead.
3) After the Mets had just taken a 5-4 lead in the fourth, Syndergaard couldn't make it last, as Cabrera lifted his second home run of the season to tie the game. Cabrera's home run was the 10th allowed by Syndergaard this season after allowing just nine in all of 2018.
4) Pete Alonso turned on a high fastball from Tigers' reliever Zac Reininger in the bottom of the fifth, bashing his 17th home run of the year, helping the Mets regain the lead at 6-5. Alonso is now third in the National League in homers, behind only Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger.
5) Another night, another in-season pickup delivering for the Mets. Aaron Altherr, claimed off of waivers from the Giants after just one at-bat there, was called upon as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, and much like Rajai Davis earlier this week, Altherr cracked a home run in his first Mets at-bat, giving New York a 7-6 lead.
6) Drew Gagnon, after a stretch of seven scoreless appearances, was roughed up in the seventh. He failed to hold the Mets' 7-6 lead, surrendering three runs on three hits in his one inning of work.
7) The ball was flying out of Citi Field on Friday. Seven balls left the park, including five by the Mets (Rosario, Hechavarria, Alonso, Altherr, and Wilson Ramos).
The Mets and Tigers square off in the second game of their three-game set at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.
Jason Vargas (1-2, 5.92 ERA) will make his return to the mound for the Mets, while the Tigers will start fellow lefty Ryan Carpenter (0-2, 13.00 ERA).