BALTIMORE –- Over the last six years, since June 2009, the Orioles have dropped nine straight games to the New York Mets. This bizarre streak continued on Tuesday night when Jacob deGrom completely mystified the Orioles for the second time this season.
deGrom allowed just one run on five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Mets beat the Orioles 5-3 before 34,068 at Oriole Park.
Many of those on hand were sporting Mets jerseys, and they were watching their team, which handily leads the NL East, in a pennant race for the first time in years.
The Orioles (61-57) saw their four-game winning streak end, though they rallied for two runs in the ninth.
Kevin Gausman (2-5), who has won just one of his last 16 starts, allowed three runs in six innings.
Curtis Granderson hit Gausman’s second pitch for a home run to right.
In the third, Wilmer Flores singled, and with two outs, Daniel Murphy doubled to left. Jonathan Schoop momentarily bobbled the relay, allowing Flores to score.
“That was a mistake on me. I was trying to get it so quick out of my glove and it dropped,” Schoop said. “I played a poor game today and I’ve got to get better, for my teammates and myself.”
Granderson homered with one out in the fifth, his 22nd, and New York (64-55) led 3-0.
“I knew runs were going to be, kind of at a premium tonight. I just tried to pitch as well as I can. Obviously, three runs in six innings wasn’t enough tonight,” Gausman said.
deGrom (12-6) had retired 12 straight since Matt Wieters’ second inning single when J.J. Hardy doubled. He tried to score on Henry Urrutia’s single, but was easily thrown out at the plate by left fielder Michael Conforto.
“I got a pretty good jump there. I’m going when he starts swinging the bat. He hit it soft apparently, I didn’t see the play, but I guess it was a one-hopper. And he made a pretty good throw, strong arm. I would have been really surprised if I got held up there. With two outs like that, you got to try,” Hardy said.
Manager Buck Showalter defended third base coach Bobby Dickerson’s call.
“You're not going to get too many opportunities to score off him so you'd better take a shot at it when you can,” Showalter said.
Gerardo Parra hit his third home run in the last four games with one out in the sixth.
In May, deGrom allowed one run on six hits in seven innings, and he got two more outs in his second start against the Orioles. He was removed after Manny Machado smacked his 100th pitch down the third base line for a single.
Tyler Clippard replaced deGrom, and Parra lined to right field. Granderson leaped to rob him of an extra-base hit, and Parra hopped up and down at first base and threw his helmet.
The Mets added two runs in the ninth when Conforto singled to lead off the ninth against Mychal Givens. Wilmer Flores reached when Schoop dropped Machado’s relay throw at second for his second error.
“We battled back, but there were some mistakes I made today and I’ve got to be better. I’ve got to play better,” Schoop said.
Brad Brach walked Granderson to load the bases with none out.
Murphy’s sacrifice fly scored pinch runner Juan Lagares, and Flores scored on a wild pitch.
Chris Davis, who had struck out three times against deGrom walked with one out and Wieters singled.
Jeurys Familia struck out Schoop and Steve Clevenger reached on an error. Hardy walked to score Davis, and Urrutia walked to score Wieters. Machado grounded to third, and the Mets held on. Familia picked up his 33rd save.
Gausman was long out of the game by the time the Orioles ralled.
“I think we showed some fight at the end. Unfortunately, still got the loss. That was the biggest thing. I wanted to keep us rolling. I feel like our offense is kind of clicking right now, but that guy was pretty good tonight,” Gausman said. “Winning four in a row, the way we beat Oakland, kind of felt like we were starting to get going.”
Showalter remains confident in the Orioles, but was impressed by the Mets.
“They’re a good team. So are we,” he said.
NOTES: Noah Synderagaard (7-6, 3.07) faces Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7, 3.92) on Wednesday night. … The game’s start was delayed 46 minutes by the threat of rain. … Davis struck out three times against deGrom. He’s struck out all six times he’s faced him and has 151 strikeouts this season. … Schoop committed two errors in a game for the second time in his career. The last time was Apr. 11, 2014.