Urrutia's first MLB homer a walk-off for O's

Urrutia's first MLB homer a walk-off for O's

BALTIMORE -- Henry Urrutia connected for his first career Major League homer, a walk-off shot off Mets reliever Carlos Torres, which gave the Orioles a 5-4 win that snapped a nine-game losing skid against New York that dates back to 2009.

Urrutia, who had just one prior extra-base hit in his big league career, sent a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats to open the ninth inning and give Baltimore its third walk-off on its current homestand.

Urrutia is the fifth player in Orioles history to hit the first home run of his career for a walk-off. The last was Chris Hoiles in 1990.

Urruita's game-winner a dream come true

"Before my at-bat, I was thinking, 'Just make good contact.' I know I can hit [it to] the opposite field when they throw me away," Urrutia said of his first extra-base hit since 2013. "When I made good contact, I was running and in my mind I said, 'I can't believe this.'"

Wilmer Flores drove in two runs for the Mets, including a solo homer in the seventh inning that put New York up 4-3. In the next half-inning O's center fielder Adam Jones answered with a solo blast of his own off reliever Hansel Robles, his 23rd of the season, to knot it back up at 4.

In Denver, the Nationals topped the Rockies, 4-1, and have won back-to-back games, trimming the Mets' lead in the National League East to 3 1/2 games.

On the American League side of things, the Orioles' win helped Baltimore keep pace with the Yankees and gain a game on the Blue Jays. The Orioles are currently five games back in the AL East and a half-game behind the Angels for the second AL Wild Card slot.

Neither starter factored into the game's decision or recorded an out in the sixth inning. O's righty Ubaldo Jimenez walked four and gave up three runs over five innings, including Daniel Murphy's first-inning homer. Mets rookie Noah Syndergaard remained winless on the road in allowing three runs over his five-plus frames, two of which came on Jonathan Schoop's sixth-inning blast.

Murphy turns two to end the 1st

"I've been a little bit concerned about my performances on the road," Syndergaard said. "I feel like this was a step in the right direction as far as being more comfortable out there. The progression was exactly the same between road and home starts. I feel every bit as confident as I do at home. I'm just not getting the results that I want."

Murphy's solo shot


Hammerin' Hank: Urrutia, recalled from Triple-A Norfolk last week for his hot bat, had a memorable first homer. The Cuba native, who hadn't been in the big leagues since 2013, connected for his first hit of the night with the walk-off blast.

"This is the best moment in my career," Urrutia said. "I never seen this moment before. So, it's great to be here right now. In 2013, [I wanted to] do a good job and make a good career with the Orioles. That's the most important thing for me. But today, this moment is amazing." More >

Urrutia on his walk-off homer

Mets bullpen loses it: The Mets' bullpen struggles continued on Wednesday as Torres was credited with the loss after giving up a walk-off home run to Urrutia that cost New York the game. Torres wasn't the only bullpen member to give up a run, however, as Robles also conceded a solo home run to Jones, which allowed the Orioles to tie the game up at 4 in the seventh.

"It's exactly where we wanted it," Torres said on giving up the walk-off homer. "We called a fastball up. We threw the fastball up. These guys have unfortunately been seeing Syndergaard and [Jacob] deGrom so my fastball up probably didn't seem like their fastball up."

Jones' game-tying solo blast

Flores, Murphy pace Mets: New York's middle infield came up big for the Mets on Wednesday, combining for four hits, two home runs and four RBIs. Murphy set the tone in the first inning with a solo homer to right and collected a big hit again in the fifth with an RBI single. Flores picked up an RBI single in the fourth and tied the game at 4 with a solo home run to left.

"When I first got here with [Dan] Murphy, I thought he was going to be a guy on a good team who could play multiple positions and still end up getting 450 at-bats a year and that's exactly what he is doing now," Mets manager Terry Collins said. More >

Flores' go-ahead homer

Schoop's redemption: After three defensive miscues in Tuesday's loss, and grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the first, Schoop finally got his shot. The young infielder drilled Syndergaard's 1-2 curveball into left field for a game-tying homer in the sixth inning. Schoop also made a fantastic leaping tag at second base to nab Lucas Duda trying to steal in the fourth.

"To be honest, I got great teammates, they talked to me and made me feel like yesterday wasn't me," Schoop said. "Like I said yesterday, I have to play better, especially this time [of the year]. I have to focus. I have great teammates, J.J. [Hardy], [Jones], all those guys who said 'Everybody has a bad day. Just get a fresh head and go get it tomorrow.'"

Schoop's game-tying homer

"I guess the magic's back. It doesn't matter what we do, we find a way to win. That's the way we win last year. Hopefully, this is the way to keep going the rest of the season." -- Jimenez, after the O's sixth walk-off homer this season.

O's righty Darren O'Day extended his season-high scoreless-innings streak to 11 games (11 1/3 innings) after recording two outs on Wednesday.

Mets: New York will enjoy an off-day on Thursday before heading out west for a three-game set with the Rockies. Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) will be on the mound for the series opener on Friday at 8:40 p.m. ET. Colon is 1-7 with a 4.83 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to June 18.

Orioles: Baltimore will cap its homestand with a four-game series against playoff hopeful Minnesota. The O's will send Miguel Gonzalez to the mound opposite Twins righty Tyler Duffey in the 7:05 p.m. ET matchup on Thursday.

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