For the second game in three days, the Mets came back from a sizable deficit. But this time, they managed to pull out a victory.
Rick Porcello did not fare any better against the Orioles offense than Michael Wacha did, putting the Mets in a 2-0 hole in the first inning. The Mets cut the Orioles’ lead in half off Jorge Lopez in the second inning thanks to a Jeff McNeil RBI single, but did not put together the big inning. The Orioles piled on Porcello in the third, adding three runs to extend their lead to 5-1.
The Mets inched closer in the fourth with a McNeil two-run homer. The two teams exchanged solo home runs in the fifth inning—DJ Stewart off Chasen Shreve and Michael Conforto off Lopez. That ended Lopez’s day and Robinson Cano smacked a key RBI single off Paul Fry to get the Mets within a run.
Jared Hughes struggled with his control in the sixth and loaded the bases. Justin Wilson came in to face Rio Ruiz, who hammered a ball to deep right that Michael Conforto made a highlight reel catch on to save three runs. Andres Gimenez then struck with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at six and Pete Alonso delivered the difference maker in the eighth—a solo homer off Hunter Harvey that gave the Mets a 7-6 lead.
Edwin Diaz earned the save with a clean ninth inning, working around a leadoff single, thanks in part to another sparkling defensive play—this time by Luis Guillorme—to back him up.
Full recap to follow.
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