Orioles' recent hitting surge ends during loss to Mets, deGrom
BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles' resurgent offense proved to be no match for the one of the most effective pitchers in the major leagues.
Jacob deGrom took a four-hitter into the eighth inning, Curtis Granderson hit two solo homers and the New York Mets beat the Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night to snap Baltimore's four-game winning streak.
The Orioles scored 34 runs in sweeping the Oakland Athletics, but their bats were rendered powerless by deGrom, who allowed one run and five hits over 7 2-3 innings.
Chris Davis struck out three times, Adam Jones didn't hit the ball out of the infield and Jonathan Schoop went 0 for 3.
"He's got a good arm. Can throw all four pitches," Schoop said. "He's sitting at mid 90s, can reach upper 90s with his fastball, and it moves."
Granderson connected off Kevin Gausman (2-5) on the game's second pitch, and deGrom made the lead stand for the first-place Mets. Granderson also connected in the fifth.
New York has won nine in a row against the Orioles dating back to June 2010.
The shaggy-haired deGrom (12-6) struck out six and lowered his ERA to 1.98, second-best in the National League behind the Dodgers' Zack Greinke.
"I just try to go up there and put up zeros and let the rest take care of itself," deGrom said.
Making his first appearance at Camden Yards, the 6-foot-4 deGrom extended a run of impressive starts - he's 9-2 with a 1.44 ERA in 16 outings since May 11.
The only glaring flaw in his performance was a sixth-inning home run by Gerardo Parra.
"He's one of the best in the game right now. No questions," manager Terry Collins said. "I've talked to too many other managers and he's one of the first guys they ask about."
Because a sizable portion of the crowd of 34,068 backed the Mets, deGrom received a loud ovation when he walked off the mound with a 3-1 lead in the eighth.
Tyler Clippard entered with a runner on f irst, and Parra hit a liner to right. Granderson backed up, jumped and caught the ball at the warning track.
After New York added two runs in the ninth, Jeurys Familia entered with two on and one out in the bottom half. He issued two straight bases-loaded walks before retiring Manny Machado on a grounder for his 33rd save.
Daniel Murphy had two doubles and two RBIs for the Mets, the only team in the NL East with a winning record. Despite dropping three straight to the Pirates over the weekend, New York is 11-5 in August.
Following a 46-minute delay, during which the tarp covered the infield in preparation of a shower that never arrived, Granderson hit his franchise-record seventh leadoff homer of the season, breaking a tie with Jose Reyes (2006).
Murphy delivered a two-out RBI double in the third and Granderson hit his 22nd homer in the fifth just over the outstretched glove of a leaping Jones in center field.
Gausman allowed three runs, six hits and a walk in six innings.
Mets: Granderson has 16 RBIs in his last 16 games. He has 24 HRs versus the Orioles, the most against any team.
Orioles: Baltimore is 9-22 against the Mets, 6-12 at home. ... Schoop committed two errors for the second time in his career.
Mets: RHP Bobby Parnell was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis. He allowed six runs over his previous two appearances while getting only two outs.
Orioles: C Matt Wieters was back behind the plate after missing a week with a right hamstring strain. ... OF Steve Pearce (left oblique) took swings in live batting practice in Florida.
Mets: Noah Syndergaard takes the mound for the Mets on Wednesday night in the series finale. The rookie is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA at home and 0-5 with a 5.01 ERA on the road.
Orioles: Ubaldo Jimenez (9-7) looks to turn around a trend in which he's allowed 26 earned runs in 31 1-3 innings ( 7.47 ERA) over his last six starts.