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Mets hold off Orioles, complete sweep

NEW YORK - The Baltimore Orioles will want to forget this trip quickly.

For almost all of the three-game series against the New York Mets, their bats were quiet, very quiet.

Not until Wilson Betemit hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning did the Orioles score, and down by one run, they ended the game with the bases loaded.

The Orioles lost to the Mets 4-3 before 29,855 at Citi Field Wednesday, but did score somewhat of a moral victory by ending their scoreless streak at 28 innings, the longest in nearly nine years.

"I hope we can build on that," manager Buck Showalter said.

"We won two out of six on a road trip that we would have liked to have done better."

Baltimore (39-30) scored shutout victories in Atlanta on Saturday and Sunday, but were limited to six hits in shutout losses here on Monday and Tuesday.

Until Betemit's ninth home run of the year to right, scored Nick Johnson , things looked dicey Wednesday.

"It was no sigh of relief. It was, 'all right, that's the spark.' We don't need no sigh of relief," Jones said.

"We can hit. We don't score no runs, all right, part of the game is failure. 25 innings we were failing but you've got to keep swinging the bats."

Betemit had a single in the one-hit loss to R.A. Dickey on Monday night. He was hoping his home run would be the spark.

"We got a chance to come back. It didn't end up happening," Betemit said.

"It felt good, but I mean we lost. I would feel better if we won. But it happens."

In the eighth, the Orioles had the tying run on first after Steve Pearce walked, and Bobby Parnell, who relieved Dillon Gee allowed a single to Brian Roberts. J.J. Hardy was called out by plate umpire Tim Timmons when the ball hit his bat twice while he was in the batter's box. Chris Davis ended the inning by flying to left.

In the ninth, Pearce's bases-loaded walk off Frank Francisco scored Matt Wieters to make it 4-3, but Brian Roberts grounded out to end the game.

"We had a chance. We started, I think, a little too late," Jones said.

The Mets scored their first run in the fourth on an RBI single by Mike Nickeas. In the fifth, Brian Matusz (5-8) allowed two runs on Scott Hairston's RBI double and Ike Davis' infield out.

Matusz was removed after 4 2-3 innings. He allowed three runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out two.

"For me, I'd like to be able to go deep in games, and that's what's frustrating today," Matusz said.

"But I made good pitches today when I needed to. I just need to get better."

New York increased its lead to 4-0 in the sixth off Luis Ayala. David Wright's double scored Gee.

Gee (5-5) allowed two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings.

NOTES: Nick Markakis had hoped to return from surgery to remove his fractured right hamate bone on the upcoming homestand, but Showalter said it was unlikely. "I don't see that happening," Showalter said. He did say that Markakis was ahead of schedule. ... There has been no decision made on Nolan Reimold's medical future, Showalter said. He's unsure when one will be made. ... In his third start for Norfolk, Jamie Moyer allowed a run and three hits in four innings. ... Dontrelle Willis, who's been rehabbing a sore forearm, will start Saturday for Norfolk. ... The Orioles open a three-game series with Washington Friday. Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Jake Arrieta will pitch for the Orioles against Jordan Zmmermann, Edwin Jackson and Ross Detwiler. ... Davis is now 0-for-20.

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