Mets top O's behind stellar Bartolo

Mets top O's behind stellar Bartolo

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon struck out nine over 7 2/3 innings to help the Mets halt a two-game skid and top the Orioles, 3-2, Tuesday at Citi Field.

The 41-year-old Colon again defied and dazzled, scattering six hits and walking none. Colon's lone mistake resulted in Manny Machado's solo home run in the seventh inning. The Mets backed Colon with a three-run fourth.

"He's been remarkable," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Colon.

Colon strikes out nine in win

New York entered Tuesday in an 18-inning offensive drought following two consecutive shutouts. The Mets managed seven hits off Orioles starter Bud Norris, with Kevin Plawecki's two-run double serving as the major blow. Daniel Murphy and Wilmer Flores also drove in and scored runs for New York.

"We haven't scored lately, and we all know it," said Collins. "Tonight we came up with a big inning, and it made a big difference."

Flores converted all three chances in his return to shortstop following his weekend benching.

Chris Davis added a solo homer off Jeurys Familia in the ninth. It was the first run allowed in his last nine appearances for Familia, who recovered to collect his Major League-leading 11th save.

Bats show signs of life: New York's three runs came courtesy of four hits, three of them doubles. After Lucas Duda doubled to lead off the fourth, Murphy drove him in with a sharp single to right. Flores and Plawecki both followed with doubles into the left-field corner. More >

Murphy's RBI single

Class of center field: Whenever Juan Lagares makes a great catch, his teammates call it "Juan doing Juan things." Well, Juan did another Juan thing Tuesday, robbing Everth Cabrera with a sprawling catch in the top of the fifth. Lagares' play was dramatic, with the center fielder lunging, avoiding collision and appearing to injure himself before staying in the game.

Lagares' diving catch

"He can flat out get the baseball," Michael Cuddyer said. More >

Late power comes up short: Machado homered in the eighth inning, while Davis sent the first pitch he saw from Familia over the fence for his sixth blast of the year.

Davis' solo homer

"I've seen him throw on his video, and we talked about him a little today," Davis said of Familia. "I know he's got an electric fastball. Like I said, in that situation, you're just trying to get a pitch up that you can drive and try to put a good swing on."

Norris rebounds: The righty retired 11 straight before exiting, managing to go seven innings after allowing a trio of runs in the fourth. Norris struck out four in the 92-pitch outing.

Norris' solid outing

"It was good to get through seven, obviously had the sloppier inning there which was the ballgame, know I got to make some better pitches there," Norris said. "The slider I threw down the line [to Flores], that was a mistake he hit. But I felt good, I'm going to keep competing and get better." More >

Adam Jones, who is batting .396 on the season, made a pair of outstanding grabs at the wall -- in the fifth and seventh innings -- to take away extra-base hits and help Norris' cause.

Jones' great catch

"There's nobody playing better all around as Adam is," O's manager Buck Showalter said. "I'm biased, but both sides of the ball, a lot of energy. And he's one of the bigger reasons we were in that ballgame tonight."

"I said a little prayer before the game after finding everything out. It's just kind of heavy on my heart. If I could do something to honor him, whether it was something to help us win or a bright spot, I'm glad I came through." -- Davis, on slain NYPD officer Brian Moore, an Orioles fan who was killed in the line of duty and honored prior to Tuesday's game

The Mets have a seven-game winning streak against the Orioles. Colon, the winning pitcher, is the first pitcher to ever beat a team as a member of seven different teams.

Orioles: The Orioles will look to keep Ubaldo Jimenez's strong first half going on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Jimenez won his last start after allowing two unearned runs on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts in seven innings against the White Sox.

Mets: New York sends Jacob deGrom to the mound with the righty looking to halt a two-game losing streak. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year has allowed nine earned runs over his last two starts after surrendering just two through his first 19 1/3 innings this season.

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Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.