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Mets powered by deGrom, Granderson in 5-3 win over Orioles


Mets powered by deGrom, Granderson in 5-3 win over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Jacob deGrom keeps getting the same positive results, no matter where he pitches and regardless of his familiarity with the opponent.

DeGrom took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Curtis Granderson hit two solo homers and the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

Granderson connected off Kevin Gausman (2-5) on the game's second pitch, providing deGrom a lead he never relinquished. Granderson also homered in the fifth inning for the first-place Mets.

Making his first appearance at Camden Yards, deGrom (12-6) gave up one run, five hits and a walk in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.98, second-best in the National League behind the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.

"I just try to go up there and put up zeros and let the rest take care of itself," deGrom said.

The shaggy-haired deGrom is 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 16 outings since May 11, and New York has won each of his last seven starts -- a run that included his first appearance at Tampa Bay.

"He's one of the best in the game right now. No questions," manager Terry Collins said. "I've talked to too many other managers and he's one of the first guys they ask about."

The only glaring flaw in this performance was a sixth-inning home run by Gerardo Parra.

The Orioles were coming off a four-game sweep of Oakland in which they scored 34 runs, but deGrom rendered their bats silent. He struck out slugger Chris Davis three times and didn't let Adam Jones hit the ball out of the infield.

"He's got a good arm," Orioles second baseman Johnathan Schoop said. "Can throw all four pitches. He's sitting at mid-90s, can reach upper 90s with his fastball. It moves."

New York has won nine in a row against the Orioles dating back to June 2010.

Because a sizable portion of the crowd of 34,068 backed the Mets, deGrom received a loud ovation when he walked off the mound with a 3-1 lead in the eighth.

"It also most felt like we were playing home," deGrom said. "It feels good."

Tyler Clippard entered with a runner on first, and Parra hit a liner to right. Granderson backed up, jumped and caught the ball at the warning track.

After New York added two runs in the ninth, Jeurys Familia entered with two on and one out in the bottom half. He issued two straight bases-loaded walks before retiring Manny Machado on a grounder for his 33rd save, defusing a tense situation.

"One thing you try to do in the dugout is maintain your composure," Collins said. "I could have started throwing some stuff around. I try not to panic."

Daniel Murphy had two doubles and two RBIs for the Mets, the only team in the NL East with a winning record. Despite dropping three straight to the Pirates over the weekend, New York is 11-5 in August.

Following a 46-minute delay, during which the tarp covered the infield in preparation of a shower that never arrived, Granderson hit his franchise-record seventh leadoff homer of the season, breaking a tie with Jose Reyes (2006).

New York went up 2-0 in the third when Wilmer Flores singled and came home on a two-out double by Murphy.

Granderson hit his 22nd homer in the fifth just over the outstretched glove of a leaping Jones in center field.

Gausman allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in six innings.


Mets: Granderson has 16 RBIs in his last 16 games. He has 24 HRs versus the Orioles, the most against any team.

Orioles: Baltimore is 9-22 against the Mets, 6-12 at home. ... Schoop committed two errors for the second time in his career.


Mets: RHP Bobby Parnell was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He allowed six runs over his previous two appearances while getting only two outs.

Orioles: C Matt Wieters was back behind the plate after missing a week with a right hamstring strain. ... OF Steve Pearce (left oblique) took swings in live batting practice in Florida.


Mets: Noah Syndergaard takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday night in the series finale. The rookie is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA at home and 0-5 with a 5.01 ERA on the road.

Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7) looks to turn around a trend in which he's allowed 26 earned runs in 31 1-3 innings (7.47 ERA) over his last six starts.

MORE ORIOLES: Orioles baffled by deGrom in 5-3 loss to Mets

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

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Orioles' Adam Jones purchases Cal Ripken Jr.'s former estate, per report

Cal Ripken Jr.'s 25-acre, 8,545 square-foot home went up for auction this past Saturday and the highest bidder was......Adam Jones? 

The center fielder is purchasing the Orioles legend's former Reisterstown, Md. estate, according to The Athletic

Placed on the market in 2016 for $12.5 million, Ripken reduced the price to $9.7 million last year but was still unable to find a willing buyer. The estate was eventually put up for auction and sold to Jones for an undisclosed amount. 

The six bedroom home has 10 full bathrooms, a movie theater, a gym that overlooks an indoor basketball court, a pool and a baseball field with batting cages, a locker room and soaking tubs. One of the tubs was taken from Memorial Stadium and used by Johnny Unitas and Art Donovan, but Ripken is keeping that one. 

What makes this purchase even more interesting is that Jones will become a free agent at the end of the 2018 season, but that does not mean he plans on re-signing with the team. The 32-year old, who is in his last year of a six-year $85.5 million contract, is known to dip his toes in real estate investments and his wife, Audie Fugett, is a Baltimore native. 

The deal is scheduled to close on June 11. 


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David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense


David Price's complete game shuts down Baltimore's offense

BOSTON -- One strike away from a four-hit shutout, David Price happily settled for a complete game and his strongest outing of the season.

Price struck out eight and held Baltimore to five hits, including two in the ninth when the Orioles broke up the shutout before the Boston left-hander finished them off in a 6-2 victory for the Red Sox on Thursday night.

"He was amazing," Boston manager Alex Cora said. "He was outstanding. You saw it. Bad swings, up, down, in and out, changeup, cutter, sinkers ... that was fun to watch."

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the first, and Xander Bogaerts homered with two on during a four-run fifth, giving Price more than enough cushion against the struggling Orioles.

Price (4-4) struck out eight and didn't walk a batter while winning consecutive starts for the first time this season. He cruised through the first eight innings before Andrew Susac led off the ninth with a double, the first Baltimore player to reach second base in the game.

Manny Machado spoiled the shutout bid with a two-out homer, but Price finished off Baltimore on Jonathan Schoop's pop-up to center as the Red Sox improved to 4-0 against Baltimore by taking the makeup game that was rained out on Patriots' Day.

"They're a free-swinging team," said Price, who threw just 95 pitches. "You can go out there and do that or you can go out there for three innings and give up a bunch of runs."

Danny Valencia had a pair of hits for the punchless Orioles, who have lost three of four and have the second-fewest wins in the American League. Valencia nearly had a double in the fifth, but got thrown out at second by left fielder Andrew Benintendi, one of several strong defensive plays that helped Price go the distance.

Hanley Ramirez also caught a foul pop on the top step of Boston's dugout in the second and Mookie Betts ran down a fly ball that was headed to the wall in right.

"The defensive plays that I had today, it makes everything a lot easier," Price said.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) went 4 2/3 innings for Baltimore, allowing six runs and eight hits while striking out six and walking two. He was pulled after Bogaerts drove a high fastball out to left with two men on during Boston's four-run fifth.

"We just got into some sticky situations where we just had to dig ourselves out of a hole and we just couldn't," Susac said.

The Orioles also weren't happy with the strike zone, which Susac said forced Gausman to throw some pitches the Red Sox pounced upon.

Manager Buck Showalter agreed with his catcher.

"I'm very biased, but I didn't think he got a fair shake tonight," Showalter said. "There were a lot of pitches that could have and should have gone his way."