Curtis Granderson hit two home runs and made a huge play in the field as the Mets got back to their winning ways, beating the Orioles Tuesday night behind yet another fine performance by Jacob deGrom. The bullpen made it interesting in the ninth, but the Mets pulled it out.
Granderson led off the game with a home run to give the Mets the early lead.
They made it 2-0 in the third when Daniel Murphy doubled to plate Wilmer Flores.
It was Curtis Granderson again in the fifth with another solo shot to extend the lead to 3-0. Granderson now has a team-leading 22 homers, one more than Lucas Duda.
The Orioles finally broke through against deGrom in the sixth as Gerardo Parra hit a home run to make it 3-1.
deGrom got the first two outs of the eighth, but then allowed a single and his night was over. Tyler Clippard came on and Parra hit a drive to deep right. Granderson made a great leaping catch at the wall to end the inning.
deGrom ended up going 7.2 innings, allowing just the one run on five hits. He struck out six and walked one. His ERA dipped to below 2.00 — 1.98. His record is now 12-6.
The Mets added two big insurance runs in the top of the ninth, thanks in part to an error and a wild pitch by the Orioles.
With save opportunity gone for Jeurys Familia, Clippard stayed in to finish the game. But with one out, he allowed a walk and a single. With the save back on, it was now time for Familia. Familia got the first out. He then got a grounder. It was a disaster from the start as Lucas Duda didn’t know whether to go for it or hang back. It would go for a single and it loaded the bases. Familia walked the next batter to force in a run to make it 5-2. Yet another walk made it 5-3. Manny Machado hit a grounder to end the game.
Mets hold on to win 5-3.