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Rapid Reaction: Orioles 5, Mets 4

8/20/2015

BALTIMORE -- The New York Mets have not solved their bullpen woes just yet.

Carlos Torres surrendered a homer to Henry Urrutia in the bottom of the ninth and the Mets suffered a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday at Camden Yards.

The Mets (64-56) had taken a one-run lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Hansel Robles failed to protect it. Robles allowed a game-tying solo homer to Adam Jones.

The Amazin's lead atop the National League East dipped to four games pending the outcome of the Washington Nationals' game at Colorado.

Flo joy: Where would the Mets be right now if Wilmer Flores had ended up with the Milwaukee Brewers? Flores provided the Mets a 4-3 lead in the seventh with a tiebreaking solo homer against Mychal Givens.

Flores has produced multiple heroics since a trade with the Brewers for Carlos Gomez fell through on July 29. Two days later, Flores had a walk-off homer against the Nationals. Then, on Aug. 7, he delivered the game-winning RBI in the ninth inning at Tampa Bay.

Flores and Daniel Murphy each contributed a solo homer and two RBIs on Wednesday.

Oh, Noah: Noah Syndergaard tinkered with his pregame routine, warming up later in the hopes that doing so would remedy his profound road struggles. He nonetheless remained winless in nine career road starts.

Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Jonathan Schoop in the sixth that evened the score at 3. When Steve Clevenger followed with a single, Mets manager Terry Collins pulled Syndergaard without an out having been recorded in the inning.

Syndergaard had appeared home free after wriggling out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the first inning. In that 23-pitch frame, Syndergaard struck out Chris Davis, then coaxed a double play from Schoop.

Syndergaard allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in five-plus innings. He threw 96 pitches.

Syndergaard is now 0-5 with a 5.05 ERA in nine starts away from Citi Field. He is 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA in nine career home starts.

Seeing what they missed: Right-hander Logan Verrett spent spring training in Orioles camp as a Rule 5 pick from the Mets. Baltimore passed on placing Verrett on its Opening Day roster, though, and initiated the process of returning him to the Mets.

On Wednesday, Verrett showed the Orioles what they passed on. He inherited Clevenger on first base from Syndergaard in the sixth and proceeded to retire the next three batters to preserve a 3-all tie.

Of course, Juan Lagares made a dazzling catch in left-center to aid Verrett. With Clevenger aboard and none out, JJ Hardy sent a shot toward the gap. Lagares lunged and snagged the ball.

Despite a 0.73 ERA with the Mets at the time, Verrett had been demoted on July 7 when the club needed to open a roster spot for Jenrry Mejia's return from his initial PED suspension. Verrett rejoined the Mets on Tuesday in place of ineffective Bobby Parnell, who landed on the disabled list.

Verrett may be asked to make a spot start Sunday in Colorado in place of Matt Harvey. The Mets are trying to keep Harvey's innings in check as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

What's next: The Mets take a day off Thursday, then begin a weekend series against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. Bartolo Colon (10-11, 4.58 ERA) opposes right-hander Jon Gray (0-0, 2.40) in Friday's 8:40 p.m. ET opener.