NEW YORK - Suddenly, the Baltimore Orioles bats have grown weak. For the first time in more than seven years, the Orioles have been shut out twice in a row.
After flailing at R.A. Dickey's knuckleballs on Monday, the Orioles didn't have much more success against Johan Santana Tuesday as they lost to the New York Mets 5-0 before 32,587 at Citi Field.
On Monday, they had just one hit. They had five on Tuesday, but couldn't convert on any of their scoring opportunities. Baltimore (39-29) was 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
"This is a big ballpark where it's tough to hit the home runs," Matt Wieters said.
"You've got to get the leadoff guy on, and you've got to get a couple of guys on and that's how you've got to score at this park."
The Orioles will have one more chance today.
Tommy Hunter pitched well for five innings, but in the sixth, he allowed his 18th home run, which ties him for the major league lead with the Los Angeles Angels' Ervin Santana.
Lucas Duda smacked his 11th home run of the year to right field. Steve Pearce leaped and just missed snatching it. The two-run home run made it 3-0.
"It's on me. I'm the one giving them up. I wish I wasn't giving them up. It was a mistake," Hunter said.
"There were not very many mistakes. There was one good mistake, and that's what a four-hole hitter does in the big leagues."
Hunter said he missed on a cut fastball.
"Tommy wasn't our issue. Our issue was trying to figure out a way to do something with Santana," manager Buck Showalter said.
With the left-hander starting, Chris Davis and his 0 for 16 slump sat out, and without the injured Nick Markakis, a line-up with Steve Pearce and Steve Tolleson was no match for Santana.
"We beat some very good pitchers this year," Showalter said. "We've run in to two guys on the top of their game, and I'll give them the credit."
Wieters had two doubles, and his fourth-inning shot gave the Orioles runners on second and third with one out, but Mark Reynolds and Pearce were struck out by Santana.
In the sixth, Adam Jones singled and Wieters walked with two outs, but Reynolds popped out. Reynolds, who had 37 home runs last season, has just five this season and left five runners on base.
On Saturday and Sunday, the Orioles had thrown consecutive shutouts for the first time since August 2010. Now, they have a 25-inning scoreless streak.
"It's frustrating. It's part of the game. We threw two shutouts and had two thrown against. It is the game, but it is frustrating because we have a good offense," Jones said.
After Santana left, Bobby Parnell, Miguel Batista and Jon Rauch combined to limit Baltimore to just one single.
'Pitchers on the top of their game will make you look like you're not on top of yours," Showalter said.
The Mets (37-32) scored a run in the fourth on Daniel Murphy's infield out. In the sixth, Duda hit the two-run home run off Hunter for a 3-0 lead, and two more in the seventh on Jordany Valdespin's two-run single.
Hunter (3-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out three.
NOTES: Nolan Reimold could undergo surgery to repair his herniated disc. Showalter said that Reimold is still seeing doctors and that a decision on the next step in his treatment is uncertain. ... Brian Roberts tried to steal for the first time since he returned last week and was picked off. ... Dylan Bundy pitched a scoreless inning in the Carolina League All-Star Game. He walked one and struck out one.