Mets 3, Orioles 1
The streak lasted so long, the New York Mets found it
After going nearly 11 months without winning two straight on the
road, the Mets finally broke though Saturday night by defeating the
Baltimore Orioles 3-1.
Combined with their 5-1 win Friday, New York ended a drought
that began after victories over Houston last July 25-26.
“It’s embarrassing, it really is,” said Jeff Francoeur, who
homered to back a strong pitching performance by Hisanori
Takahashi. “As a team, it’s something we can laugh about, because
we’re playing well and we know what kind of team we have this
“It just kind of shows you how bad things were last year and
how bad we’ve been on the road this year. It’s almost hard to think
that that’s actually possible,” he said. “I guess it is.”
Jose Reyes also homered for the Mets, who are now assured of
winning the three-game series after going 0-7-2 away from home –
their longest series drought to start a season since 1983.
“There is no doubt about it, that it’s been a big issue, a big
story,” manager Jerry Manuel said. “To put that in the rearview
mirror and keep playing is probably a confidence builder for the
guys in the clubhouse. That they can win road games, that’s
Takahashi (5-2) gave up one run, six hits and a walk in seven
innings. The rookie left-hander yielded a total of 11 runs in his
previous two starts but had little difficulty against the AL’s
“We did a good job (Friday),” he said through an interpreter.
“I just wanted to keep the flow going.”
Pedro Feliciano worked the ninth and Francisco Rodriguez got
three outs for his 13th save.
Orioles starter Brian Matusz (2-7) lost his seventh straight
decision despite allowing only three runs and five hits in eight
innings. The rookie right-hander was again victimized by a lack of
offensive support – in his last nine starts, Baltimore has scored
only 11 runs while he was in the game.
Matusz took consolation in that he kept the light-hitting
Orioles within striking distance.
“It’s one of the best starts of my career,” he said. “I
didn’t walk a guy today and I threw a lot of strikes. I made a
couple mistake pitches with the solo home runs, but that’s going to
happen when you’re throwing a lot of strikes. I was just attacking
the zone today, and unfortunately came out with the loss.”
Baltimore has lost 14 of 16 while being outscored 96-35. The
Orioles are 0-9-1 in their last 10 series.
New York snapped a 1-1 tie in the sixth. With runners at the
corners and one out, David Wright hit a comebacker. Matusz got the
out at second, but the high relay from Julio Lugo pulled first
baseman Ty Wigginton off the bag as Ruben Tejada scored from
“When you’re in a funk those things happen. It seems like you
don’t make the play and it costs you,” interim manager Juan Samuel
said. “When things are going right, you don’t make the plays and
it does not cost you.”
Francoeur homered leading off the eighth.
“That was nice – a run to get to 3-1 and get us some breathing
room,” Francoeur said.
The Mets got off to a quick start behind Reyes, who hit the
fifth pitch of the game into the left-field seats. It was his 15th
career leadoff homer and New York’s first this season.
Rookie Ike Davis then reached on a two-out error and stole
second, but Matusz struck out Jason Bay.
Baltimore used doubles by Corey Patterson and Nick Markakis to
pull even in the bottom half. But the Orioles would not get another
runner past second base the rest of the game.
The Orioles went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position after
going 3 for 17 in that situation Friday.
Luke Scott took exception to a called third strike by Tom
Hallion with a runner on first in the sixth, insisting the ball was
outside. But that’s how this season has been for Baltimore.
“The ball is in the other batter’s box. You can’t hit that. You
can’t even put it in play. You can’t foul it off,” he said.
“Things like that have been happening to us consistently. And it
makes it really tough to overcome.”
NOTES: The crowd of 42,248 was fortified by plenty of Mets fans.
… Davis’ steal was his first in the majors. … Matusz has
yielded seven homers in his last six starts after giving up only
two long balls in his first eight. … Bay is in an 0-for-16