The New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night by a final score of 4-3 for their third consecutive win and a series sweep. A win that keeps them in second place behind Washington in the National League East.
Starter Dillon Gee worked deep into the game to keep some pressure off the bullpen. The right-hander started the seventh inning without having allowed a run. Wilson Betemit ended Gee's night with a two-run homer to right field. The win puts Gee at an even 5-5 record and drops his ERA to 4.27.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning when they chased Brian Matusz by adding another two in the fifth. David Wright hit a ground rule double off Luis Ayala in the sixth to make it 4-2.
Closer Frank Francisco gave fans at Citi Field heart palpitations when he walked pinch hitter Steve Pearce to give the Orioles a third run with two outs. He got Brian Roberts, the next hitter, to ground out to end the inning.
This was the third win in a row for the Mets who have been stuck on some strange association with the number three. These three wins follow three straight losses, which followed three straight wins, which followed three straight losses. That last set of three losses came against the New York Yankees.
With the current hot temperatures in the New York area, Mets manager Terry Collins said he would wait to start Duda until the New York Yankees series during the weekend. Collins said about Duda's hamstring in the heat, "That scares me, always -- especially when you're that big and strong." Collins will insert Vinny Rottino into the lineup in place of Duda.
Duda is hitting .268 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI this season for New York. Duda leads the team in home runs and RBI. Rottino has only appeared in 16 games and is hitting .200 with two homers, four walks and five RBI.
When it comes to sweeps, the New York Mets might just put a patent on them with a win on Wednesday evening. If the Amazins' can grab another victory it would be the fourth series in a row where either they were swept or did the sweeping.
So far, the Mets have looked unstoppable against the young and very improved Baltimore Orioles. New York is yet to yield a run, winning the first two contests by a combined 10-0 score.
Now it's Dillon Gee's turn to toe the rubber. Gee has a 4-5 record and a 4.43 ERA. Brian Matusz will take the mound for Baltimore in search of his sixth win of the campaign. Considered a major pitching prospect for years, Matusz hasn't lived up to his hype yet. The 25-year-old has been touched up in his last two outings, giving up eight earned runs in 7.2 innings.
The Mets can rest easy after the game with a day off on Thursday before welcoming the New York Yankees to Citi Field for a pressure-packed rematch of the Subway Series.
Johan Santana (5-3) got the start on the mound for New York and picked up his fifth win of the season as he pitched six complete innings while giving up four hits and no earned runs with two walks and five strikeouts. The combined shutout came one night after R.A. Dickey of the Mets shut out the Oioles on just one hit. The Mets have eight shutouts this season, most in the National League.
While R.A. Dickey has been dominant lately for the New York Mets, the pitcher who threw the first no-hitter in franchise history has struggled since inking his name in the history books. Johan Santana will look to reverse his fortunes on Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.
Since tossing the no-no on June 1, Santana's ERA has jumped by nearly a full run, from 2.38 to 3.23. In the two starts since then he has allowed a total of 10 earned runs, including a disastrous outing against the Yankees who sent four pitches outside the park. This is Santana's first start at Citi Field since throwing the no-hitter there.
Like the Mets, the Orioles are hardly the doormat fans have been used to in recent years. Baltimore has won seven of their last ten, and they trail only the streaking Yankees for the lead in the AL East.
Tommy Hunter will be on the mound for Baltimore. Hunter is 3-3 this season. He won his last outing, against the Pirates, despite allowing five earned runs in six innings of work.
The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Eastern. It will be broadcast on SNY.
Ike Davis hit a grand slam home run and R.A. Dickey pitched his second consecutive one-hitter Monday night as the New York Mets defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 5-0, in the first game of their three-game series at Citi Field.
Davis first career grand slam in the sixth inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead. It was the seventh home run of the year for the Mets first baseman, who is hitting only .196 for the season. Dickey (11-1) struck out a career-high 13. Wilson Betemit got Baltimore's only hit, a fifth-inning single.
Game 2 of the series is set for Tuesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET. Johan Santana (4-3, 3.23 ERA) will take on the Orioles' Tommy Hunter (3-3, 5.58) at the mound.