- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Bud Norris began the day with a 12.18 ERA, so almost anything he did in this start would be an improvement.

Aside from one shaky inning, he did fine. Just not enough to top Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets.

Colon became the first pitcher in at least 100 years to beat the same opponent with seven different teams, stopping Baltimore once again and leading the Mets past the Orioles 3-2 Tuesday night.

“He’s been around the game for a long time. He knows what he’s doing,” Norris said.

Norris posted a career-best 15 wins last season, but didn’t have much success in his first four starts this year.

Against the Mets, Norris (1-3) allowed three runs - all in the fourth - in seven innings.

“It felt really good. It was good to get through seven. One sloppier inning, for sure, which was obviously the ballgame, and I have to make some better pitches there,” he said.

“I am really finding my stride,” he added.

Blanked 1-0 in their previous two games, the Mets ended their shutout string at 21 innings when Lucas Duda doubled and scored on a single by Daniel Murphy. Wilmer Flores doubled and rookie Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run double.

The Orioles lost for the second time in seven games. They’ve dropped seven straight interleague games to the Mets.

Baltimore plays twice at Citi Field and four times at Yankee Stadium during a week in New York.

Colon (5-1) took a shutout into the eighth before Manny Machado hit a solo home run with one out.

Three weeks shy of his 42nd birthday, Colon struck out nine, walked none and gave up six hits in 7 2-3 innings. Jeurys Familia closed for his major league-leading 11th save in as many chances, giving up Chris Davis’ sixth homer on his first pitch.

Colon improved to 13-8 vs. the Orioles. He first beat them in 1999 when Cal Ripken was their face of the franchise - Colon started off this game by striking out 22-year-old star Machado on three pitches.

Colon has defeated the O’s while pitching for Cleveland, the White Sox, the Angels, Boston, the Yankees, Oakland and now the Mets.

STATS said its research dating to 1914 shows no other pitcher who has topped the same opponent with seven different clubs.

Early in his career, Colon threw 100 mph heat. These days, he throws fastballs that barely reach 90 mph, and mixes in more breaking pitches with pinpoint control.

“Just what he’s been doing for forever,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s easy to sit at home and say OK, because you know exactly what he’s going to do. And then he throws the ball around the left-hander’s kneecaps and it runs back across the plate. And to right-handers, it comes in about a foot off the plate and runs back there.”

Both Gold Glove center fielders made stellar plays in the fifth.

Juan Lagares robbed Everth Cabrera with a tumbling, backhanded grab in the alley in the top half. Adam Jones raced into the left-center gap for Duda’s drive in the bottom half.

The Mets wore NYPD hats and held a moment of silence before the game to honor a police officer who died this week after being shot while on duty. Officer Brian Moore’s picture was shown on the scoreboard and flags flew at half-staff.

Moore liked the Orioles, and Showalter said the officer’s favorite player was Davis. The slugger signed a ball, and Showalter said the team would autograph an Orioles home jersey for the family.

“I said a little prayer before the game after finding everything out. It’s just kind of heavy on my heart. If I could do something to honor him, whether it was something to help us win or a bright spot, and God came through,” Davis said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Orioles: All-purpose player Steve Pearce was out of the lineup with a stomach bug. … C Matt Wieters (elbow) caught six innings at extended spring training. The Orioles want to see him play consecutive games.

UP NEXT

Orioles: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (2-1, 1.59 ERA) hasn’t permitted an earned run in three of his four starts this season.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (2-3, 3.34) has been hit hard his last two starts. Travis Snider is the only Baltimore player to have batted against him.

O THOSE METS

The Orioles dropped to 0-4 at Citi Field and 9-20 vs. the Mets in interleague play. Baltimore last beat the Mets in 2009, and hasn’t topped them in New York since 2006 at Shea Stadium. The worst loss for the O’s at Shea, of course, was in the clinching Game 5 of the 1969 World Series.


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