Like Dewey, or perhaps like the 2004 Yankees, the New York Mets snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and came from ahead to lose 5-4 to the Baltimore Orioles.Â The Birds scored 2 runs in the 9th inning off Francisco Rodriguez, who only recorded 1 out.Â Aubrey Huff topped off his superb 3 game audition for the Mets’ brass by driving in the winning run with a line single to right field.Â For the series Huff had 6 hits in 12 at bats, scoring 2 runs and driving in 4 with his 9th homer and 15th double of the season.
The game was going well for the Mets until the 9th.Â Livan Hernandez gave New York another quality start with 7 innings of 2 run ball.Â Met killer Robert Andino, who weighs 170 pounds soaking wet, gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning when he hit the 3rd home run of his 111-games-scattered-over-5-seasons career.Â It was the 2nd of his career off the Mets, some of you may recall the name Matt Wise.Â This game hurt too much for me to go any further into that.
The Orioles scored another run in the 5th when Brian Roberts doubled in future star Matt Wieters to make the score 2-0 O’s.Â The Mets tied the score in the bottom of the 6th on a David Wright sacrifice fly and a Ryan Church RBI single, then took the lead in the 7th when David Murphy doubled to left scoring Alex Cora, then Carlos Beltran singled home Murphy to make it 4-2 Mets.Â The Orioles got within 1 in the bottom of the 8th when Luke Scott’s RBI ground out scored Huff.
That set the stage for Rodriguez to close out the Orioles in the 9th.Â Wieters led off with a double then was replaced by pinch runner Felix Pie.Â Next pinch hitter Nolan Reimold walked.Â Roberts then laid down a nice sacrifice bunt which Met catcher Omir Santos picked up and fired to 3rd base in an attempt to get the lead runner, but the swift Pie slid in just before the throw got there and the bases were loaded with no outs.Â Adam Jones then coaxed a walk out of Rodriguez to drive in Pie with the tying run.Â Nick Markakis struck out looking but instead of grounding into a double play, Huff, wanting to impress his potential future teammates, manager and coaches, struck a line drive single to right to plate Reimold with the winner.
So the Mets started a stretch of 26 games in 27 days by playing down to the competition in Baltimore and losing 2 of 3 to the Orioles who now stand at 29-37, 11.5 games out in last place in the AL East.Â Now the Mets return home and prepare to take on the reigning AL Champion Tampa Bay Rays who are scheduled to start Andy Sonnanstine (5-6, 6.65) versus Fernando Nieve (1-0, 2.08).
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