NEW YORK — Ubaldo Jimenez thinks the Baltimore Orioles’ offense is just fine. It was the New York Mets’ pitching that was the problem in this two-game series.
Jacob deGrom followed Bartolo Colon with an outstanding outing of his own and Dilson Herrera homered among three hits as New York won its eighth straight over Baltimore, 5-1 on May 6.
“We faced two really good pitchers here,” Jimenez said after the Orioles outhit the Mets 9-7. “The first is a guy in his 40s who has really honed his craft, then we get a talented young guy who has really good stuff and goes after it.”
Colon took a shutout into the eighth inning May 4. DeGrom (3-3) struck out nine, yielding six hits and a run after allowing at least five runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career.
“He’s a guy that used all his pitches,” Manager Terry Collins said of deGrom. “We wanted him to re-establish that.”
Jimenez (2-2), on the other hand, wasn’t at his best. Entering with a 1.59 ERA, the right-hander allowed six hits and three runs in only four innings.
He walked two in the second when Herrera had an RBI single and allowed a homer and sacrifice fly to Curtis Granderson.
“Every time you start walking guys, you’re always going to pay for that,” Jimenez said. “I did not have any feel for my breaking ball tonight.”
The Orioles last beat the Mets on June 18, 2009. Baltimore next heads across the East River for a four-game series against the AL East-leading Yankees.
The Mets finished their homestand 3-3. They dropped three of four to Washington before a two-game sweep of Baltimore.
Herrera was off to a 1-for-13 start since his call up from Triple-A Las Vegas on May 1 but went 3-for-3. The second baseman hit a two-run shot to left off Brad Barch in the sixth — he held up at second base while a 33-second replay review showed the ball hit a railing above the wall.
“I didn’t have to make a big adjustment,” Herrera said through a translator on his breakout game. “I just let the ball travel a little more.”
DeGrom got his first hit after opening the season 0-for-10. He also made several sharp plays, the most important coming in the fifth when he started off the inning by hitting Everth Cabrera with a pitch.
Pinch-hitter Travis Snider singled to put runners on first and third. Alejandro De Aza then attempted a safety squeeze.
DeGrom bounded off the mound to field the bunt toward the first base side and made a quick throw to third baseman Daniel Murphy, who applied the tag while giving Cabrera, who tried going in standing up, little room to get back to the base.
“Bottom line is if we slid there we would have been safe,” Orioles Manager Buck Showalter said.
Jimmy Paredes had an RBI single before deGrom walked Adam Jones to load the bases. But Chris Davis struck out for the third time, throwing his bat and helmet in disgust.
“I was thinking I can’t walk him here, make him beat me with the bat so I went right after him there,” deGrom said.
(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)