With the Tigers clinging to a one-run lead in the top of the ninth closer Joaquin Benoit was starting to warm up in the bullpen.
Before the Tigers made their second out Benoit was no longer needed to save the game as the lead had ballooned in the raucous ninth.
Eight consecutive batters reached base — seven on singles — and the Tigers quickly turned a nail-biter into a laugher topping the Mets 11-3 on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
The offensive onslaught made the two-run home runs by Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks afterthoughts as the Tigers swept the three-game series and improved to 12-5 in interleague play this season. At 77-53 they also have the best record in the American League.
“We just caught fire a little bit today and put a little flurry on them and that was nice to see” manager Jim Leyland said. “We probably strung as good at-bats together this series as we have all year throughout the lineup.
“The consistency of our lineup (and how they) grinded out their at-bats w...