NEW YORK -- Now that looked like the way the New York Mets played in their first homestand of the season.
Wednesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, the Mets got a very good performance from their starting pitcher (Jacob deGrom), got the big hits they needed and got the outs they required from their bullpen for a 5-1 win over the O's.
DeGrom, who had lost his last two starts, allowed just one run in seven innings, with one walk and nine strikeouts. The Mets made the most of their seven hits. They even hit two home runs.
DeGrom gets it back: DeGrom allowed just two runs total in his first three starts, and then gave up 11 (nine earned) in the next two. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday that deGrom needs to get back to pitching the way he did earlier, and against the Orioles he did that. DeGrom faced just one major jam, getting out of trouble by striking out Chris Davis with the bases loaded in the fifth.
Grandy gets one: Curtis Granderson homered seven times in 282 Citi Field at-bats in his first season with the Mets (as opposed to 13 times in 282 at-bats on the road). The Mets adjusted the right-field dimensions over the winter, but in 15 home games and 49 at-bats before Wednesday, Granderson had not hit a home run. He almost got one in his first at-bat against Ubaldo Jimenez, and did get one the next time up, in the third inning. And since he hit it directly down the right-field line, the new dimensions had nothing to do with it going out.
Dilson gets three: Dilson Herrera had one hit in 13 at-bats since the Mets called him up last week (the same numbers Bartolo Colon has at the plate this season). The Mets are hoping for quite a bit more, and Wednesday Herrera delivered. His two-out single scooted through the infield in the second inning to give the Mets a 1-0 lead, his better-hit single in the fourth inning helped set up the Mets' third run and his even-better-hit home run made it 5-1 in the sixth.
The Mets get five: The Mets hadn't scored as many as five runs in a game since their 8-2 win on April 25 at Yankee Stadium. They had scored just 22 runs in nine games since then, before Wednesday.
The O's get none: Whatever the Mets think of interleague play, they should thank it for putting the Orioles on their schedule every few years. This week's two wins make it eight in a row for the Mets over the Orioles, dating back to June 11, 2010. The Mets will go to Baltimore for a two-game series in August.
What's next: The Mets have Thursday off, before opening a weekend series in Philadelphia with a pretty good pitching matchup. Matt Harvey (5-0, 2.41) faces Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels (1-3, 4.14) in a 7:05 p.m. start at Citizens Bank Park. Harvey could become the third pitcher in Mets history to open a season by winning six straight starts. Dwight Gooden did it in 1988 and Frank Viola did it in 1990.