Mets break out of scoring slump, top Orioles
The Mets scored three runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat Baltimore, 3-2, on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
After Bartolo Colon escaped a second and third, one out jam in the fourth, the Mets broke out of their 21-inning scoreless slump in the bottom half, plating three runs off Bud Norris.
Lucas Duda led off by doubling to deep center and was driven in by Daniel Murphy as the Mets took a 1-0 lead. Wilmer Flores followed by roping a double off the base of the left field wall, and Kevin Plawecki drove in both Murphy and Flores to extend New York’s lead to 2-0.
Colon took it from there, dominating until he allowed a solo homer and long fly out in the eighth inning and was pulled.
Jeurys Familia gave up a leadoff homer to Chris Davis in the ninth, but rebounded to retire the next three hitters in order to seal the win.
- Bartolo Colon allowed one run on six hits, walked none, and struck out a season-high nine in 7.2 innings of work.
- Kevin Plawecki doubled in two runs in the fourth. He’s hit safely in his last five games.
- Wilmer Flores contributed a double and was solid in the field on the few chances he had.
- Jeurys Familia allowed one run while nailing down the save in the ninth.
This was a big win for the Mets, who desperately needed to snap out of their scoreless funk before it took on a life of its own.
While the Mets didn’t score a run after their three-run outburst, they did enough to win. And with the pitching staff as stingy as it’s been, three runs will be enough more often than not.
The Mets wrap up their two-game set with the Orioles on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m.
Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Ubaldo Jimenez for Baltimore.