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Gee extended the Mets' scoreless string to 29 innings before Baltimore broke through late, and New York held off the Orioles 4-3 on a steamy Wednesday night for a three-game sweep.
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After R.A. Dickey pitched a one-hitter Monday night and Johan Santana teamed with a trio of relievers Tuesday night, Gee (5-5) nearly handed the Orioles their third straight shutout.
"It's tough to follow those guys," Gee said. "It's unbelievable what they've been doing."
Gee said sure, his goal was "to keep the streak going." He quickly added: "I'm not Johan and R.A."
"My job is to put the team in position to win," he said.
"Things happen quick. You've got to refocus," Gee said.
Frank Francisco escaped a jam in the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances, completing the combined six-hitter.
Gee struck out a career-high nine and walked two in 7 1/3 innings. No one on the Orioles had ever faced Gee, and it showed -- he retired 13 straight batters, starting with J.J. Hardy's lineout with runners on first and second to end the third.
Gee also doubled and scored a run.
It was 94 degrees at gametime. There were heat advisories posted in the city all day, and the warm weather may have contributed to a record nine home runs flying out of the new Yankee Stadium in Atlanta's 10-5 win earlier in the afternoon.
But the ball wasn't carrying at Citi Field -- at least not for the Orioles most of the game.
As Gee went into the late innings, Mets manager Terry Collins said, "I thought for sure Dillon was going to shut them out."
Baltimore's scoreless streak reached 28 innings, its longest since a 29-inning drought in 2003, STATS LLC said. The Orioles totaled just 12 hits in the series while striking out 29 times. They dropped their sixth in a row to the Mets, dating to a 2010 series at Camden Yards.
"It's a great park for defense and pitching, and they did that well," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
"Our starting pitching presented itself pretty well the last three games. It's just tough to match up with the starts they got," he said.
Matusz (5-8) struggled again in interleague play, dropping to 0-7 in AL vs. NL matchups. He gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Matusz did get his first hit, however, lining a two-out single up the middle in the third after starting his career 0 for 7 at the plate.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Mike Nickeas got an RBI single on a sinking liner that Gold Glove center fielder Adam Jones reached in the right-center alley with a headlong dive, only to have the ball bounce out of his mitt.
Gee and David Wright doubled in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.
|Dillon Gee is in command until the seventh inning extending the Mets' shutout streak to 29 innings. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||1||3||.242|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.247|
|Chris Davis, RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Jim Johnson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Adam Jones, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.302|
|Matt Wieters, C||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.254|
|Nick Johnson, 1B||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.214|
|Robert Andino, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Wilson Betemit, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.242|
|Ryan Flaherty, LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.178|
|Luis Ayala, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Pedro Strop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Steve Tolleson, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.200|
|b- Mark Reynolds, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.227|
|Brian Matusz, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Steve Pearce, LF-RF||1||0||0||1||2||1||0||.268|
|a-struck out for Strop in the 8th|
|b-walked for Tolleson in the 9th|
|HR - Wilson Betemit (9, Gee)|
|RBI - Wilson Betemit 2 (28), Steve Pearce (10)|
|2-OUT RBI - Steve Pearce (6)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Wilson Betemit (9, Throwing), Adam Jones (6, Dropped fly)|
|Brian Matusz (L,5-8)||4.2||7||3||3||2||2||0||5.00|
|IBB - Rottino by Brian Matusz|
|WP - Luis Ayala (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brian Matusz 93-62, Luis Ayala 29-16, Pedro Strop 14-8, Jim Johnson 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Matusz 10-3, Luis Ayala 1-3, Pedro Strop 2-0, Jim Johnson 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Brian Matusz 24, Luis Ayala 7, Pedro Strop 3, Jim Johnson 3|
|New York Mets|
|Andres Torres, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.212|
|Jordany Valdespin, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.224|
|David Wright, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.358|
|Scott Hairston, RF-LF||4||1||2||1||0||0||2||.284|
|Vinny Rottino, LF||2||0||0||0||1||0||3||.188|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.284|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.190|
|Justin Turner, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||2||.254|
|Omar Quintanilla, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Mike Nickeas, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.160|
|Dillon Gee, P||3||1||1||0||0||0||2||.091|
|Bobby Parnell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Daniel Murphy, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.270|
|Frank Francisco, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Parnell in the 8th|
|2B - David Wright (23, Ayala), Scott Hairston 2 (11, Matusz, Matusz), Dillon Gee (2, Ayala)|
|RBI - David Wright (39), Scott Hairston (27), Ike Davis (33), Mike Nickeas (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - David Wright (16), Mike Nickeas (7)|
|CS - Jordany Valdespin (1, 2nd base by Matusz/Wieters)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|New York Mets|
|Dillon Gee (W,5-5)||7.1||3||2||2||2||9||1||4.27|
|Bobby Parnell (H,14)||0.2||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.38|
|Frank Francisco (S,17)||1||2||1||1||2||0||0||5.14|
|WP - Frank Francisco (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 100-67, Bobby Parnell 15-9, Frank Francisco 33-22|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-7, Bobby Parnell 1-1, Frank Francisco 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 27, Bobby Parnell 3, Frank Francisco 7|
|Attendance - 29855|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Marty Foster|