It’s become sweep or be swept for the Mets. On this series it’s on the positive side for the Mets, as they completed the sweep of the Orioles Wednesday night.
The Mets drew first blood in the fourth when Mike Nickeas singled home Scott Hairston, who had earlier reached base on a double.
Hairston doubled again in the fifth, this time with runners on first and second. Both runners would have scored but the ball bounced off the far wall behind the left field wall for a ground rule double, so David Wright was returned to third. He would score anyway on an Ike Davis ground out as the Mets took a 3-0 lead.
A similar situation in the sixth — Wright hit a double with two on that also would have scored two runs but the wall bounced off of the Party Porch fence, but still, it extended the lead to 4-0. Wright had three hits on the night.
Dillon Gee entered the eighth inning working on a one-hitter. But then he allowed an infield single and a two-run home run to Wilson Betemit that landed in the upper deck in right field, cutting the Mets lead to 4-2. They were the first runs the Orioles scored in the series. After a walk Gee was pulled and Bobby Parnell was able to get out of the inning.
It was a solid start by Gee, perhaps his best of the season, matching a career high with nine strikeouts as he evened his record at 5-5.
Frank Francisco had a rough outing, allowing two hits and a walk that loaded the bases with two outs. He then walked another batter to cut the lead to 4-3. But he was able to get a ground out to end the game for his 17th save.
After being swept by the Yankees, the Mets then swept the Rays, were swept by the Reds, then swept the Orioles. After a day off on Thursday, the Mets take on the Yankees again at Citi Field. A revenge sweep of the Bronx Bombers would be nice.