DETROIT — Victor Martinez homered and Tigers ace Justin Verlander limited the Mets to four hits in six innings to help Detroit win 4-3 on Friday night.
It was the Tigers' ninth victory in their last 10 games.
Verlander allowed two runs and struck out nine, but the Mets ran his pitch count up to 103 to force him out of the game. Three relievers finished, with Francisco Rodriguez pitching the ninth for his 31st save.
Verlander was the AL pitcher of the month in July, going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in four starts. Friday was his fifth consecutive quality start.
Former Ray James Loney drove in a ninth-inning run with a groundout, and Rodriguez retired another former Ray, Kelly Johnson, to end the game.
Johnson, who had been 0-for-15 all-time against Verlander, homered in the fourth.
Mets starter Noah Syndergaard also ran into pitch-count trouble, needing 112 to get through his six innings.
The matchup of Verlander, 33, and Syndergaard, 23, was dubbed as the grizzled vet against the up-and-comer.
"It's a little bit of new school versus old school," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Don't tell Ver I said that."