The Mets traveled to Detroit without Gary Cohen and the result was a bland 4-3 loss to the Tigers Friday night in the opening game of three.
- Noah Syndergaard needed 112 pitches to complete six innings. His velocity was not the problem, as he was still hitting 98-99 in the sixth. But he couldn’t always locate and he couldn’t put batters away. And after being staked to a 2-1 lead in the top of the fourth, he immediately gave it back, allowing three runs in the bottom of the frame.
- The offense, which has been pretty good the last week, had a tough go against Justin Verlander and three relievers. The Mets managed just five hits, with just two of those coming after the fourth inning.
- Kelly Johnson smacked a two-run homer in the fourth, his fifth as a Met.