Mets slug four home runs in comeback win over Orioles

The Mets slugged four home runs to come back from a 5-1 hole to top the Orioles 7-6 on Wednesday night.

Rick Porcello ran into some early trouble on some tough-luck plays. Following a leadoff Cedric Mullens single, Jose Iglesias hit a spinner off the mound that probably would have been a double play ball if not for slowing up, allowing Mullens to reach second. He then scored on a bloop single from Renato Nunez that fell into shallow right. Later in the inning, Ryan Mountcastle singled to center to drive in the second run of the inning for Baltimore.

Things got worse for Porcello in the third inning, as he allowed four consecutive hits, including RBI hits from Rio Ruiz  and Hanser Alberto to break the game open at 5-1. Porcello allowed 10 hits through his first three innings of work.

Porcello’s night ended after four innings, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits with three strikeouts, raising his season ERA to 6.07.

Michael Conforto made a tremendous play in right field to start the second inning, throwing out Chance Sisco at second base as he tried to leg out a double. Conforto played the ball perfectly off the wall in the corner and made a strong throw to nab Sisco for his fifth outfield assist of the season.

Conforto then supplied some power in the bottom of the fifth, slugging his eighth home run of the year. Conforto’s blast brought the Mets within two runs at 6-4.

After Robinson Cano’s RBI single in the fifth cut the Baltimore lead to 6-5, Jared Hughes got into trouble in the sixth, loading the bases with two outs. The Mets then brought in Justin Wilson, but Ruiz drove a ball to deep right field that looked to be a bases-clearing double at the least. But Conforto made the best catch of the season for the Mets, making the over-the-shoulder grab right in front of the wall to end the inning.

Andres Gimenez then brought the Mets all the way back in the bottom of the sixth. Following Conforto’s game-saving catch, Gimenez hit an opposite-field solo home run to tie the game 6-6. With the game still tied at 6-6- in the bottom of the eighth inning, Pete Alonso launched the go-ahead home run off of Hunter Harvey, giving the Mets their first lead of the game.