- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 18, 2009

BALTIMORE | Matt Wieters hit his first major league home run, Aubrey Huff had a tiebreaking shot in the seventh inning and the Baltimore Orioles withstood Gary Sheffield’s 507th career homer in a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Nick Markakis had a career-high tying four hits and scored twice for the Orioles, who blew leads of 1-0 and 4-2 before pulling away for the final time in the seventh.

With one out, Markakis singled off Pedro Feliciano (2-2), and Huff hit a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall, his first homer in 17 games since May 26.

Jim Johnson (3-3) worked two innings, and George Sherrill got three outs for his 13th save.

Wieters, the fifth overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft, did not have a homer or an RBI in his first 13 games after being recalled from Class AAA Norfolk on May 29. With one swing of the bat in the second inning, the rookie catcher ended both droughts.

Wieters’ two-run shot, which put the Orioles ahead 3-1, received a standing ovation from many in the crowd of 31,906. The fans kept cheering until Wieters finally acknowledged the reception with a brief curtain call.

Sheffield, on the other hand, is an old hand at hitting homers. His latest, a solo shot off Brian Bass, moved him within four of Mel Ott for 23rd on the career list.

Orioles starter Koji Uehara was lifted with Baltimore ahead 4-2 entering the sixth. The bullpen promptly blew the lead, keeping the Japanese rookie winless in nine starts since April 13.

In his second appearance since returning from the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, Uehara gave up seven hits and struck out five. Although the right-hander was not on a pitch count, manager Dave Trembley decided 89 was enough.

After Uehara left, Bass got one out in the sixth before Sheffield homered. The Mets then loaded the bases, and Mark Hendrickson walked Alex Cora to force in a run and make it 4-4.

New York starter Tim Redding was pulled in the bottom half. The right-hander allowed four runs, seven hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.

A run-scoring single by Huff put Baltimore up 1-0 in the first inning.

The Mets used an RBI single by Daniel Murphy to pull even in the second. Wieters’ home run, after a one-out walk to Nolan Reimold, put the Orioles back on top in the bottom half.

New York wasted a scoring chance in the third when David Wright struck out with runners on the corners and two outs. In the fourth, however, a sacrifice fly by Brian Schneider got the Mets to 3-2.

Baltimore added a run in the fifth. Markakis hit a two-out single and stole second before Huff was walked intentionally to get to right-handed hitting Melvin Mora, who bounced an RBI single up the middle.

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