Cobb sharp, Orioles end 7-game skid by beating Mets 2-1

NEW YORK (AP) This is what the Baltimore Orioles were counting on when they added Alex Cobb.

Cobb delivered his best performance since signing a rich contract late in spring training, helping the Orioles break a seven-game losing streak by beating the New York Mets 2-1 Tuesday night.

''That was fun,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''Been waiting for that one.''

The Orioles ended a skid that matched their longest of the season and posted their first win at Citi Field. Baltimore hadn't topped the Mets on the road since 2006 at Shea Stadium.

The Mets lost their fifth in a row. New York has dropped seven straight at Citi Field, its worst home slump since an eight-game slide in 2013.

Cobb (2-7) gave up one run and two hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one.

The right-hander began the game with a 6.80 ERA, hardly what the Orioles envisioned when they gave the former Tampa Bay pitcher a $57 million, four-year deal.

''Today got me knowing I was on the right path,'' Cobb said.

Cobb said he never felt he had to live up to the big deal, but acknowledged his rugged start was frustrating. He said it was natural to feel some pressure to show ''the front office they made the right decision.''

Cobb held the Mets hitless until Jay Bruce led off the fifth with a single. The Mets later ended a 21-inning scoreless string on pinch-hitter Jose Bautista's sacrifice fly.

''We've seen bits and pieces. We all know what he's capable of,'' Showalter said.

Baltimore reliever Richard Bleier got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with two on to end the eighth. Brad Brach worked the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances, completing the combined three-hitter.

The Mets have managed only seven runs in their last five games. Held to three hits in consecutive games, New York has lost 12 of 15 overall.

''From the last whatever, five, six, seven games, there's really only one way to go and that's up,'' said Bruce, who had two hits. ''Like I've said before, there's no magic potion.''

The Orioles, with the worst record in the majors at 18-41, scored two quick runs against Jason Vargas (2-4). Trey Mancini, Adam Jones and Manny Machado opened the game with singles for a 1-0 lead, and Danny Valencia added a sacrifice fly.

WELCOME

The nerves never left Orioles catcher Austin Wynns, who made his major league debut. He got off to a fast start, hitting a solid single his first time up.

''I just took it in, deep breath, and I was like, `Wow,''' he said. ''That was the feeling. Words couldn't even describe it. It was just like a weight off of my shoulders, too.''

The 27-year-old Wynns, a college teammate of Yankees star Aaron Judge at Fresno State, went 1 for 3.

''As soon as that ninth inning came around and we won, I was just like, `Ah, thank you,''' Wynns said. ''That's when it was over, but I had it the whole game.''

BAD MEMORIES

The Orioles had been 0-5 at Citi Field. Baltimore is 12-26 overall against the Mets, including a five-game loss in the 1969 World Series.

AND HE'S OFF ...

Bob Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown hopeful Justify, threw out the first ball. Wearing a Mets jersey, he made a high toss home. The draw for post positions for Saturday's Belmont Stakes was held hours earlier at Citi Field.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Orioles: RHP Darren O'Day (elbow) walked three while getting just two outs for Class A Frederick in his first rehab appearance. There was a chance he could be activated this weekend.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (strained ligament, right index finger) threw a simulated game from the mound. If he's OK, he could start Sunday night at home against the Yankees. Yoenis Cespedes (hip flexor) was one of the hitters Syndergaard faced. ... 3B Todd Frazier (hamstring) and RHP Anthony Swarzak (oblique) were activated from the disabled list. Frazier, who'd been out since May 8, batted cleanup and went 0 for 4. ''He rejuvenated the dugout,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He's a high-energy guy, brings enthusiasm there. It's good to have him back.'' Swarzak worked a hitless ninth in his first game since March 31.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Dylan Bundy (3-7, 4.46 ERA) has struck out 20 with one walk in his last two starts, a win over the White Sox and a loss to Washington.

Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (2-4, 5.14) is 3-4 with a 6.26 ERA in 11 interleague starts. He will face the O's for the first time.

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AP Sports Writer Terrin Waack contributed to this report.

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  • W: A. Cobb (2-7)L: J. Vargas (2-4)S: B. Brach (9)
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J. Schoop 2B40100002.238.263.384.6471.0
C. Davis 1B20000111.153.236.237.4730.5
A. Wynns C30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
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    A. Cabrera 2B40000012.287.329.498.827-0.5
    M. Conforto CF40000010.232.353.387.740-0.5
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    S. Lugo P0000-000.000.167.000.000-
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    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Vargas in the 5th
    • b-grounded out for Lugo in the 8th
    BATTING
    • SF - D. Valencia (2)
    • SH - A. Cobb
    • RBI - M. Machado (48), D. Valencia (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - K. Plawecki (2)
    • SF - J. Bautista
    • RBI - J. Bautista (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Machado (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Machado-Schoop-Davis)
    • E - D. Valencia (4)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez; Cabrera-Gonzalez)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Cobb (W, 2-7)6.02111706.191.6627.5
    M. Givens (H, 6)1.11001203.901.372.0
    R. Bleier (H, 7)0.20000002.201.330.0
    B. Brach (S, 9)1.00001003.271.599.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Cobb (W, 2-7)6.0
    M. Givens (H, 6)1.1
    R. Bleier (H, 7)0.2
    B. Brach (S, 9)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Vargas (L, 2-4)5.05221407.711.754.0
    S. Lugo3.01000202.040.939.0
    A. Swarzak1.00001102.700.902.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Vargas (L, 2-4)5.0
    S. Lugo3.0
    A. Swarzak1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - M. Givens (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 99-61, M. Givens 21-12, R. Bleier 8-6, B. Brach 15-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 3-8, M. Givens 1-1, R. Bleier 2-0
    • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 21, M. Givens 6, R. Bleier 2, B. Brach 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 79-51, S. Lugo 27-21, A. Swarzak 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 3-8, S. Lugo 5-1, A. Swarzak 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 21, S. Lugo 9, A. Swarzak 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    C. Gentry PR-LF-RF00000000.221.287.267.5550.0
    A. Jones CF41100003.284.302.470.7722.0
    M. Machado SS40110000.326.395.6261.0214.0
    D. Valencia 3B30010010.279.333.477.8110.5
    M. Trumbo RF30000121.283.317.414.7310.0
    J. Rickard PR-LF00000000.250.291.442.7330.0
    J. Schoop 2B40100002.238.263.384.6471.0
    C. Davis 1B20000111.153.236.237.4730.5
    A. Wynns C30100011.333.333.333.6670.5
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    M. Givens P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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    B. Brach P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    Total2926202711-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Nimmo LF40000031.267.411.542.953-1.5
      A. Cabrera 2B40000012.287.329.498.827-0.5
      M. Conforto CF40000010.232.353.387.740-0.5
      T. Frazier 3B40000000.229.347.398.7460.0
      J. Bruce RF31200110.229.303.346.6493.5
      K. Plawecki C30100112.200.385.250.6352.5
      A. Gonzalez 1B30000014.248.310.389.699-0.5
      J. Vargas P10000000.125.222.125.3470.0
      a- J. Bautista PH00010000.209.341.388.7301.0
      S. Lugo P0000-000.000.167.000.000-
      b- L. Guillorme PH10000000.196.226.235.4620.0
      A. Swarzak P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
      A. Rosario SS20000111.255.288.372.6600.5
      Total2913103910-----
      • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Vargas in the 5th
      • b-grounded out for Lugo in the 8th
      BATTING
      • SF - D. Valencia (2)
      • SH - A. Cobb
      • RBI - M. Machado (48), D. Valencia (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Plawecki (2)
      • SF - J. Bautista
      • RBI - J. Bautista (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Machado (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Machado-Schoop-Davis)
      • E - D. Valencia (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Rosario-Cabrera-Gonzalez; Cabrera-Gonzalez)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Cobb (W, 2-7)6.02111706.191.6627.5
      M. Givens (H, 6)1.11001203.901.372.0
      R. Bleier (H, 7)0.20000002.201.330.0
      B. Brach (S, 9)1.00001003.271.599.0
      Total9.0311390---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Cobb (W, 2-7)6.0
      M. Givens (H, 6)1.1
      R. Bleier (H, 7)0.2
      B. Brach (S, 9)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Vargas (L, 2-4)5.05221407.711.754.0
      S. Lugo3.01000202.040.939.0
      A. Swarzak1.00001102.700.902.5
      Total9.0622270---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Vargas (L, 2-4)5.0
      S. Lugo3.0
      A. Swarzak1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Givens (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 99-61, M. Givens 21-12, R. Bleier 8-6, B. Brach 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 3-8, M. Givens 1-1, R. Bleier 2-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 21, M. Givens 6, R. Bleier 2, B. Brach 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 79-51, S. Lugo 27-21, A. Swarzak 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 3-8, S. Lugo 5-1, A. Swarzak 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 21, S. Lugo 9, A. Swarzak 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Bautista hit sacrifice fly to left, Bruce scored, Plawecki to third21
      • 1ST INNING
        Valencia hit sacrifice fly to left, Jones scored20
        Machado singled to shallow center, Mancini scored, Jones to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Anthony Swarzak pitching
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Valencia struck out swinging
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo walked
        • Joey Rickard ran for Mark Trumbo
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Schoop grounded into double play second to first, Rickard out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brad Brach relieved Richard Bleier
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto popped out to third
        • T. Frazier: Frazier fouled out to first
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce walked
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki fouled out to first
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Mychal Givens pitching
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Craig Gentry ran for Trey Mancini
        • A. Jones: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Jones grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gentry out at second
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Luis Guillorme hit for Seth Lugo
        • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Guillorme grounded out to second
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
        • Richard Bleier relieved Mychal Givens
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo safe at first on 3rd baseman Valencia fielding error, Rosario to second
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Nimmo out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Lugo Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wynns struck out swinging
        • A. Cobb: Strike looking, Cobb grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Givens Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier lined out to left
        • J. Bruce: Bruce singled to center
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Plawecki struck out swinging
        • A. Gonzalez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Bruce to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Seth Lugo pitching
        • D. Valencia: Valencia grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Trumbo flied out to center
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Schoop grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Cabrera lined out to right
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto flied out to center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Mancini struck out looking
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to second
        • M. Machado: Machado flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bruce singled to shallow right
        • K. Plawecki: Ball, Ball, Plawecki doubled to deep left, Bruce to third
        • A. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez flied out to shallow left
        • Jose Bautista hit for Jason Vargas
        • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bautista hit sacrifice fly to left, Bruce scored, Plawecki to third
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • J. Schoop: Ball, Strike looking, Schoop singled to left
        • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis flied out to left
        • A. Wynns: Wynns fouled out to third
        • A. Cobb: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cobb struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cabrera grounded out to first
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado flied out to deep left
        • D. Valencia: Strike looking, Valencia lined out to left
        • M. Trumbo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • J. Vargas: Foul, Ball, Vargas lined out to center
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • C. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • A. Wynns: Strike looking, Ball, Wynns singled to shallow left, Davis to second
        • A. Cobb: Cobb hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Davis to third, Wynns to second
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini reached on fielder's choice to second, Davis out at home, Wynns to third
        • A. Jones: Ball, Jones popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier fouled out to catcher
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
        • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Plawecki walked
        • A. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Vargas Pitching:
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Mancini singled to left
        • A. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones singled to shallow center, Mancini to second
        • M. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado singled to shallow center, Mancini scored, Jones to third
        • D. Valencia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Valencia hit sacrifice fly to left, Jones scored
        • M. Trumbo: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Machado stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Trumbo struck out swinging
        • J. Schoop: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Schoop flied out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Cobb Pitching:
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto flied out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)