Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 70 - Orioles at Mets - Mets Squeak One Out 4-3, Sweep Series

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Baltimore (39-30)000000021362
N.Y. Mets (38-32) «00012100x490

W: D. Gee (5-5) L: B. Matusz (5-8)
S: F. Francisco (17)
HR: BAL - W. Betemit (9)   NYM - None

Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning and the New York Mets held on for a 4-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles to complete a three-game sweep.

The Orioles were blanked in the first two games of this series, and Gee carried a one-hitter into the eighth until Nick Johnson singled and Wilson Betemit unloaded a two-run homer to right field.

The Orioles had a call go against them later in the eighth when they may have loaded the bases, but they filled them in the ninth before Frank Francisco walked Steve Pearce on four straight pitches. Francisco then got Brian Roberts to hit a ground ball to second base for the final out and recorded his 17th save.

"He's my closer and actually he's been throwing great," Mets manager Terry Collins reasoned as to why he left Francisco in the game. "He hasn't been out there very much. He needs the work."

Gee (5-5) reached the 100-pitch mark following his walk to Pearce with one out in the eighth and was removed from the game. It was nonetheless a spectacular night for the 26-year-old right-hander, who snapped a four-start winless streak. Gee allowed three hits, walked two and tied a career-high with nine strikeouts.

David Wright went 3-for-4 with an RBI and scored once for the Mets, while Scott Hairston doubled twice and also knocked in a run.

Brian Matusz (5-8) allowed seven hits and three runs over 4 2/3 innings, and dropped his third straight start.

"For me I like to be able to go deeper in games. That's what's frustrating today," Matusz said.

Betemit's homer ended a 29-inning scoreless streak for Mets pitching. It was the first run given up by them since allowing three to the Reds in the fifth inning on Sunday.

Bobby Parnell replaced Gee and allowed a single to Roberts, but J.J. Hardy was called out on batter's interference when a batted ball hit near the plate and bounced off his left knee as he was leaving the batter's box.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter argued, but the call remained and Chris Davis flied out to the warning track in left to end the inning.

Matt Wieters and Johnson singled with one out in the ninth. and with two down Wieters and pinch-runner Robert Andino advanced on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Mark Reynolds walked leading to the final two batters.

The Mets went ahead in the fourth when Hairston doubled to left field, and with two outs and runners on the corners, Mike Nickeas hit a line drive to center. Adam Jones made a diving attempt, but the ball popped out of his glove, resulting in the first run.

Hairston had an RBI ground-rule double to left field in the fifth, and Wright scored later in the inning when Vinny Rottino broke up a potential double play with a takeout slide at second on a ball hit by Ike Davis.

Wright's ground-rule double in the sixth scored Gee, who doubled over the head of Jones earlier in the inning.

Game Notes:
Wright has an 11-game hitting streak...The Orioles have dropped six straight to the Mets dating back to June 11, 2010...Matusz is 0-7 lifetime in interleague starts.

Box Score:

Brian Roberts 2B401000011.242
J.J. Hardy SS400000000.247
Chris Davis RF400000001.283
  Jim Johnson P000000000.000
Adam Jones CF400000001.302
Matt Wieters C411000001.254
Nick Johnson 1B412000001.214
  Robert Andino PR000000000.233
Wilson Betemit 3B411200101.242
Ryan Flaherty LF200000001.178
  Luis Ayala P000000000.000
  Pedro Strop P000000000.000
  Steve Tolleson PH-LF100000001.200
  Mark Reynolds PH000000010.227
Brian Matusz P101000000.250
  Steve Pearce LF-RF100100021.268
Andres Torres CF401000010.212
Jordany Valdespin 2B411000000.224
David Wright 3B413110000.358
Scott Hairston RF-LF412120000.284
Vinny Rottino LF200000010.188
  Kirk Nieuwenhuis RF100000001.284
Ike Davis 1B400100001.190
Justin Turner SS300000011.254
  Omar Quintanilla SS000000000.258
Mike Nickeas C401100000.160
Dillon Gee P311010000.091
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Daniel Murphy PH100000000.270
  Frank Francisco P000000000.000

E_A.Jones, W.Betemit. LOB_Baltimore 7, NY Mets 9. 2B_D.Wright, S.Hairston 2, D.Gee. HR_W.Betemit (9) off D.Gee. CS_J.Valdespin.

Brian Matusz (L 5-8)4.273322093-625.00
Luis Ayala1.121110029-161.95
Pedro Strop1.000001014-81.38
Jim Johnson1.000000011-71.17
Dillon Gee (W 5-5)7.1322291100-674.27
Bobby Parnell (H 14)0.210000015-93.38
Frank Francisco (S 17)1.021120033-225.14

IBB_off B.Matusz (V.Rottino).
WP_L.Ayala, F.Francisco.
T_2:57. A_29855.
Umpires_Home,Tim Timmons; First, Jeff Kellogg; Second, Eric Cooper; Third, Marty Foster.
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