Michael Conforto went 4 for 5 with a homer and five RBIs, Pete Alonso hit a lengthy solo shot and the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 to snap a five-game losing streak
BALTIMORE — Michael Conforto went 4 for 5 with a homer and five RBIs, Pete Alonso hit a lengthy solo shot and the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak.
Conforto matched his career high in hits with a two-run homer in the first inning, RBI doubles in the fifth and seventh, and a run-scoring single in the eighth. His first double made it 3-2, and New York padded the advantage as part of a 14-hit attack.
Alonso had just one hit, but it was a whopper. His sixth-inning drive off John Means (0-3) was only the fifth in the history of Camden Yards to reach the second deck in left field.
The Mets also got some decent pitching to earn a split of the two-game series and end a skid that matched their longest of the season. David Peterson (4-1) threw four innings of two-hit relief before giving way in the eighth to Miguel Castro, obtained in a trade with Baltimore on Monday.
Todd Frazier started at third base and went 0 for 5 in his return to the Mets. Obtained from Texas prior to Monday’s trade deadline, Frazier totaled 39 home runs and 126 RBIs with New York in 2018 and 2019.
Facing Baltimore for the first time in his eight-year career, Mets starter Michael Wacha gave up two runs in three innings. His most lamentable mistake came in the second, when he hit Cedric Mullins with an 0-2 pitch to force in the tying run with two outs.
Means, an All-Star in 2019, has gone six starts without a win this year. He allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings but lowered his ERA to 8.10.
Mets center fielder Jake Marisnick slammed into the wall in the second inning chasing down a drive by Pedro Severino. The ball and Marisnick bounced hard off the barrier and the outfielder’s cap went flying. Severino ended up with his first career triple and Marisnick remained in the game.
The Mets activated three players obtained before Monday’s trade deadline: Frazier, catcher Robinson Chirinos (from Texas) and Castro.
To make room on the roster, New York optioned catcher Ali Sánchez and right-handers Ariel Jurado and Franklyn Kilome to its alternate site.
Mets: 3B J.D. Davis started at DH, in part because he’s still nursing a sore hip but mostly because manager Luis Rojas wanted to get a look at Frazier in the field. … Rojas said he has “no idea” how long LHP Steven Matz (shoulder) and RH reliever Dellin Betances (lat tightness) will be out. Both went on the injured list Aug. 30.
Orioles: 2B Hanser Alberto missed a second straight game with a jammed knee. The injury occurred Monday against Toronto.
Mets: Typical of this strange season, the Mets host the Yankees on Thursday in a one-game series.
Orioles: After taking Thursday off, Baltimore launches a four-game series against the visiting Yankees with a doubleheader Friday night.
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