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Mets remain winless as Tigers score 5 in 10th inning to take series-opener



The Detroit Tigers failed to record a baserunner before the fifth inning, a hit before the sixth inning or a run before the 10th inning Monday night against the Mets.

Yet they were still the superior offense at Citi Field.

The Mets’ sputtering lineup remained completely punchless in a sloppy 5-0 loss in extra innings, dropping them to 0-4 in their worst start to a season since 2005.

The go-ahead run came in the top of the 10th when second baseman Joey Wendle, in his Mets debut, booted a ground ball off the bat of Cole Keith that allowed automatic runner Spencer Torkelson to score with one out.

Mets reliever Michael Tonkin then failed to field a Gio Urshela ground ball, extending an inning in which former Mets infielder Javier Baez added a sacrifice fly and Carson Kelly crushed a back-breaking, three-run home run with two outs.

Boos rained down as the game unraveled. All five runs were unearned.

The Mets, meanwhile, repeatedly squandered chances to avoid extra innings. Tigers starter Reese Olson held them scoreless for 5.2 innings. The Mets stranded Francisco Alvarez at second base in the sixth inning, then failed to score after the leadoff hitters got on base in the seventh and eighth.

Brandon Nimmo, Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso – the top three batters in the Mets’ order – went a combined 0-for-11. Nimmo and Lindor are both hitting .063 this season.

It’s the third time in four games the Mets scored one run or fewer. The Milwaukee Brewers held the Mets to one run on one hit on Opening Day and one run in Sunday’s loss, which completed a season-opening three-game sweep.

Monday’s offensive impotency wasted a stellar Mets debut by starting pitcher Sean Manaea, who retired the first 12 batters and lost a no-hitter with two outs in the sixth.

Manaea, who signed a two-year, $26 million contract in the offseason, struck out eight Tigers over six scoreless innings. Manaea is part of a new-look Mets rotation that also added Luis Severino and Adrian Houser in the offseason.

Houser, whom the Mets acquired in a trade with the Brewers, is scheduled to make his team debut Tuesday night against the Tigers. The right-hander went 8-5 with a 4.12 ERA last season.

Houser is set to face Detroit’s Casey Mize, who last appeared in an MLB game nearly two years ago before suffering an elbow injury that ultimately required Tommy John surgery. Mize, the first overall pick in the 2018 draft, boasts a 4.29 ERA in his career.

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