Again, both the Tigers and Mets received solid starts. Jason Johnson went 7 2/3 innings, giving up 3 earned runs - although he left the game with the lead still intact. Al Leiter also had a good game, going 6 innings while allowing 2 earned runs.
The Tigers took a 3-1 lead in the 8th via an Alex Sanchez chopper, but the Mets got both runs back in the 8th inning, capped off by a Cliff Floyd single off Esteban Yan, on his very first pitch after replacing Johnson.
The move to bring in Yan was just one of another questionable string of decisions by Trammell. Earlier in the 8th, he gambled, leaving Johnson in to bat with Tiger runners on 1st and 2nd with no out. Johnson was luckily able to get a bunt down, and the Tigers were able to get the run. Later on, Trammell gambled again, leaving Yan in, after allowing the tying run to score, to face Mike Piazza, who was 4-for-5 against Yan for his career. Yan got Piazza to pop out. But the killer finally came, when he allowed Patterson to face Cameron again, and Cameron made the Tigers pay again, with the game-winning RBI single.