NEW YORK -- Sunny. Over easy. The Orioles are still playing with nicknames to describe right-hander Dylan Bundy's day-game dominance, but until they do, one word springs to mind -- masterful.Bundy tossed seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.08 in six afternoon starts this season, and Manny Machado delivered
NEW YORK -- Sunny. Over easy. The Orioles are still playing with nicknames to describe right-hander Dylan Bundy's day-game dominance, but until they do, one word springs to mind -- masterful.
Bundy tossed seven scoreless innings, lowering his ERA to 1.08 in six afternoon starts this season, and Manny Machado delivered RBI No. 49 as the Orioles edged the Mets, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon. Baltimore has won its only two road series this year in the Big Apple, besting the Yankees in April and sweeping the Mets in this two-game set.
"Very similar to the outing he had in Chicago. You could see it early on," manager Buck Showalter said of Bundy's dominance.
"There's a bunch of [potential nicknames] going around. Dylan's a good pitcher, period."
Bundy has allowed just five earned runs over 41 2/3 innings of afternoon baseball. Against the Mets, he gave up just three hits and struck out five, working out of his only jam in the eighth by getting Amed Rosario to strike out on three pitches.
"For the most part, yeah," Bundy said when asked if everything was working. "I felt the slider, I was getting under it and around it the first few innings, especially. But I had the changeup to go to, especially with a lefty-heavy lineup that they had."
Baltimore finally broke through after the Mets -- who also got seven scoreless from starter Zack Wheeler -- went to their bullpen. Pedro Alvarez gave the Orioles a leadoff baserunner with a pinch-hit single in the top of the eighth off righty Jeurys Familia. Pinch-runner Craig Gentry stole second base one out later and moved to third on Adam Jones' single into left field.
Machado, amidst a career year, came through with a deep sacrifice fly to center field off reliever Jeurys Familia to put the Orioles up. The O's shortstop, a hot commodity leading up to July's non-waiver Trade Deadline, trails only Boston's J.D. Martinez (52) for the most RBIs in baseball.
"You have a sinkerball pitcher there. You know he's going to come after you, try to get the ground ball," Machado said of Familia. "So you're just looking for something up. Tried to get at least one there. Jones getting that base hit, Gentry there at third base, it was a huge run for us, obviously."
It was all the runs Orioles would need as Richard Bleier and Brad Brach each pitched around leadoff baserunners to keep the Mets off the board. Brach recorded his 10th save in the process.
"I know we're not scoring the most runs on offense right now, but our pitching is keeping us in it and every game is close," Brach said. "You've just got to be ready to go. The starting rotation is definitely picking up their slack or whatever you want to call it right now -- keep us in the game and give us a chance to win."
Added Showalter: "I'm not going to overanalyze that we only scored [three] runs. We played two crisp games, we did a lot of things that we needed to do better and move on to a tough town. We are going to take some pleasure in winning, regardless."
MOMENT THAT MATTERED
Bleier flashes the leather: Bleier erased an eighth-inning leadoff single by deftly catching Asdrubal Cabrera's bunt popup and firing back to first base to nab Brandon Nimmo. The double-play ball quashed any hopes of a Mets rally.
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
In the first inning, Jones swung and missed and lost his bat, and Machado deftly caught it barehanded as it bounced off the net.
"That was pure instinct," Machado said of the play. "I was kinda scared for a second, I ain't going to lie."
HE SAID IT
"When he comes in now, he's pitching awesome. It's pretty easy to maneuver the infield to where the pitch is going. It was fun to watch, what he did today. He does that, I think he can carry this pitching staff to where they're going." -- Machado on Bundy
Orioles rookie David Hess will look to continue an impressive start to his Major League career in the series opener in Toronto. Hess won after allowing four hits and three walks to go with three strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings vs. the Rays on Friday. He will be opposed by Jaime Garcia at 7:07 p.m. ET.
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.