After taking two of three from the Atlanta Braves, the Baltimore Orioles – riding on a modest two-game win streak – faced a reeling New York Mets team; however, in the end, errors (three of them) did the Birds in as they lost, 6-4, in the first contest in a three game set.
Baltimore and New York were scoreless until the 4th inning; however, then everything started to go wrong with the Birds. With a runner on first and no outs, Brian Roberts had a ball hit by Carlos Beltran to him tailor made for a double play, but booted it.
For Jeremy Guthrie – who started the game for Baltimore – he’d sadly pay for Roberts’ untimely error. The Mets would use four singles and a sacrifice fly to plate in four runners.
The Orioles would cut the New Yorkers’ lead in half, 4-2 in the sixth inning, as Mets’ starter Mike Pelfrey – who was cruising – would give a two-run homer to Nick Markakis. The Orioles seemed prime to start a rally, but a double play and a Nolan Reimold lineout to left saved the Mets from any more damage.
New York scored twice in the seventh inning as Baltimore rioles once again got into trouble – this time allowing them to load up the bases. With one out in the seventh, Guthrie was yanked after allowing a single to Luis Castillo, and Alberto Castillo allowed back to back singles to Alex Cora and Fernando Martinez to load the bases.
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