BALTIMORE –- Henry Urrutia was surrounded by his teammates. Jumping on top of him, congratulating him.
In his second try at the major leagues, Urrutia had finally hit a home run, and what a time it was.
For the third time in the past six games, the Orioles ended with a home run, and it was Urrutia’s turn on Wednesday night.
The 5-4 win over the New York Mets before 36,165 at Oriole Park had a look that’s become very familiar here over the past several days.
Last Friday, it was Manny Machado. On Saturday, it was Chris Davis’ turn. Now, the man who 2 ½ years ago couldn’t speak any English stood in front of his locker, telling jokes in his adopted language and admitted to being nervous.
“This is the best moment in all my career. I’ve never seen this moment before. So, it's great to be here right now,” Urrutia said.
Carlos Torres (4-5) threw the pitch on 1-2, and Urrutia hit it to the opposite field. It was the Orioles’ sixth game-ending home run this year, tops in the major leagues.
“Before my at-bat, I was thinking, 'Just make good contact.' I know I can hit the opposite field when they throw me away. When I make good contact I was running for the base and in my mind I said, ' I can't believe this,’” Urrutia said.
Urrutia is the fifth Oriole to hit a game-ender as his first major league home run, the first since Chris Hoiles on June 27, 1990.
“That makes this moment bigger for me. A lot of good players come here to this team and played with this organization and in their whole careers don’t have a moment like this. So this moment for me is as special, is bigger than anything,” Urrutia said.
Zach Britton (4-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.
The Orioles (62-57) won despite a second straight shaky start from Ubaldo Jimenez. But, it was the second straight time Jimenez didn’t take the loss thanks to a dramatic homer. He was the beneficiary of Machado’s home run last Friday night.
Jimenez allowed three runs in five innings, but walked four.
“I guess the magic’s back. It doesn’t matter what we do, we find a way to win. That’s the way we win last year. Hopefully, this is the way to keep going the rest of the season,” Jimenez said.
Jimenez gave up a home run to the game’s second batter, Daniel Murphy.
The Orioles loaded the bases with none out in the first off Noah Syndergaard, but Chris Davis struck out and Jonathan Schoop bounced into a double play.
Jimenez walked three in the fourth inning and paid when Wilmer Flores’ RBI single scored Travis d’Arnaud from second. d’Arnaud’s walk was the second of the three.
Adam Jones doubled to start the fourth. Davis walked, and after Jonathan Schoop struck out, Steve Clevenger’s single scored Jones, and New York led 2-1.
Curtis Granderson doubled to start the fifth and scored on Murphy’s single to give the Mets (64-56) a 3-1 lead.
Davis doubled to start the sixth, and Schoop homered to left, his ninth, and the score was tied at 3.
Schoop bounced back from his two errors on Tuesday night, and encouraged Urrutia.
“I have to play better, especially this time [of the year]. I have to focus. I have great teammates, J.J., Jonesy, all those guys who said ‘Everybody has a bad day. Just get a fresh head and go get it tomorrow,’” Schoop said.
He was thrilled with Urrutia’s homer.
“I hope he enjoys it and, not forget about it, but comes back tomorrow and does the same thing,” Schoop said.
Mychal Givens retired New York in order in the sixth, but Flores led off the seventh with his 12th home run of the year for a 4-3 lead.
Jones homered with two outs in the seventh off Hansel Robles to tie the score at 4. It was Jones’ 23rd home run of the year.
The Orioles remain in the midst of the playoff hunt, and begin a four-game series with Minnesota on Thursday night.
“We've got another team fighting tooth and nail to get into the playoffs coming in here. We ain't backing into nothing. You're going to have to earn it and tonight we did against a very good team,” manager Buck Showalter said.
NOTES: The Orioles signed left-handed pitcher Mike Belfiore to a minor league contract. He’ll report to Norfolk. Belfiore pitched in one game for the Orioles in 2013 and was released by Detroit on Aug. 9. … Minnesota’s Tyler Duffey (1-1, 6.75) faces Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.42) on Thursday night. ... The Orioles stole a season-high three bases.