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NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson each homered, part of a six-run sixth inning, and the New York Mets beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-1 Friday night.
A day after Chicago completed a four-game sweep of the Mets, they couldn’t duplicate the outcome. The Mets won for the eighth time in nine games to pull within 1 1/2 games of NL East-leading Washington.
New York went deep five times. Conforto made it 3-0 in the second with his team-leading 11th homer.
Jeurys Familia (3-3) picked up the win, retiring the side in order in the ninth. The ball appeared to hang for a couple extra feet, but New York’s AL-leading saves total stayed at 35.
Astros 5, Rays 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Astros rookie Cole Hamels held Tampa Bay to two hits in seven scoreless innings, extending his run of dominance against the Rays.
The left-hander struck out five and walked two to improve to 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay since he was acquired in a trade with Texas last December.
Hamels (3-1) needed just 11 pitches to get through the first two innings, and Tampa Bay didn’t get a runner past second base against him after Steven Souza Jr. opened the game with a double.
Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer for the AL West leaders, but he was thrown out trying to score from first base on Yuli Gurriel’s single.
Barry Bonds Man of the Match Ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) — When Barry Bonds was inducted into the Mets Hall of Fame during a ceremony Friday night, he received the award of baseball’s Most Valuable Player — nearly two decades after he last won the award.
Bonds was given the honor of “Man of the Match” by Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson. Wearing a navy pinstriped suit, the record-setting seven-time NL MVP received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at Citi Field, which would have cheered him had he been inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player.
Bonds is the highest-scoring left fielder in major league history with 1,848 career runs.
He had big support from Mets Chairman Fred Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon and Walt Weiss, the club’s vice president of scouting and player development, among others.