New York Mets

At long last, Detroit Tigers' losing streak snapped in big win vs. Mets

The Tigers won a beer league softball game Friday night, snapping a nine-game losing streak in a back-and-forth game that was going to catch up with them eventually until it didn’t, when closer Shane Greene — the man Gardenhire wanted with the ball on the mound — bounced back from that blown save to easily retire the Mets for their biggest win of the season, 9-8.

Soto, whose performance will be remembered for what he did at the plate and not on the mound, singling twice as the first Tiger pitcher to record two hits in a game since 2014, coughed up an early four-run lead on a three-run home run to Adeiny Hechavarria in the bottom of the fifth inning.

In the biggest play of the game, righty Victor Alcantara induced a double play after putting the first man on in the seventh, and despite allowing a solo home run — to left field, of course — Joe Jimenez finished the eighth with a flurry, striking out Dominic Smith swinging to allow Greene a chance for redemption.

He only needed seven pitches to finish the Mets in the ninth, ending an embarrassing losing streak in front of the home fans.

They did it in a hostile environment — Mets fans have grown restless with their veteran, injured bunch and overmatched second-year manager — and maybe all they needed was a change of scenery.

They got to the park early, did their business, and before game time, Castellanos and Stewart huddled around a laptop, watching video of Syndergaard.

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