BALTIMORE –— Through the thick Maryland humidity there were signs of life Wednesday from a Mets team that desperately needs a hot streak.
Among the successes for the Mets in their 9-4 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards to snap a five-game skid was David Peterson’s seamless adaption to a different role.
Moved to the bullpen as a long reliever — at least for this day — the rookie left-hander pitched four scoreless innings behind shaky Michael Wacha, boosting a bullpen that had been on fumes in recent days.
Michael Conforto led the offensive charge with a 4-for-5, five-RBI performance to lead the Mets’ 14-hit attack. Most of the Mets’ damage came in the seventh and eighth innings, after Peterson had stifled the opposition.
Peterson, who is 3-1 with a 3.03 ERA in six appearances this season, last pitched in Friday’s doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. He had previously been sidelined with left shoulder inflammation. In his four innings of work against the Orioles, he allowed two hits and two walks, throwing 59 pitches.
The Mets smashed two homers as part of their onslaught. Conforto launched a two-run blast to the opposite field in the first inning, and Pete Alonso hit a solo rocket in the sixth that ended left-hander John Means’ day. Alonso’s homer was the fifth in the history of this ballpark to reach the second deck in left field. It was the seventh homer of the season for Alonso, tying him for the team lead with Robinson Cano.
The Mets added on late, as Conforto stroked a run-scoring double in the seventh for his fourth RBI of the game. Jake Marisnick delivered an RBI single in the eighth before Jeff McNeil’s double brought in another run, ahead of a passed ball that extended the Mets’ lead to 8-2. Conforto then delivered a single for his fifth RBI.
Conforto’s RBI double in the fifth just missed clearing the fence in left-center for his second homer of the game but was good enough to give the Mets a 3-2 lead after Amed Rosario had walked to begin the inning. The walk was Rosario’s second of the week after going 101 plate appearances to begin the season without one.
Wacha was removed after just three innings in which he threw 69 pitches, allowing two earned runs on four hits with a walk. Peterson had started warming up in the second inning as the Orioles were scoring twice to tie the game.
Wacha clipped Cedric Mullins with a pitch to force in the second run of the inning. The trouble had started with Pedro Severino’s leadoff triple, on which Marisnick hit the center-field fence full-throttle but remained in the game. Ryan Mountcastle’s RBI single pulled the Orioles within 2-1. Wacha recorded a second out before Pat Valaika singled and Andrew Velazquez walked to load the bases.
Conforto’s homer in the first came after J.D. Davis singled in the inning. Davis had returned to the lineup after missing the previous two starts with left hip discomfort. He was the DH on this day, with new arrival Todd Frazier at third base.