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NYM@NYY: Gee gets a double play to escape the jam

One thing has been certain any time the Mets' Dillon Gee has taken the hill in the last month -- he's thrown a quality start. He'll need to be even better, though, to match the two men who preceded him against the Orioles.

Gee has tallied six straight quality outings, and he will try for No. 7 on Wednesday at Citi Field. But he follows R.A. Dickey, who tossed a one-hitter in the series opener, and Johan Santana, who spun six scoreless frames in a 5-0 win during the set's middle contest. It marked the first time the Orioles were blanked in successive games since April 21-22, 2005. Baltimore will counter with left-hander Brian Matusz.

During his hot stretch, Gee has gone 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA, surrendering just 14 earned runs in 40 1/3 innings. He is coming off a loss to the Reds in which he threw six innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits.

"I've been throwing the ball well lately, and there are obviously some negatives you can focus on in this game," Gee said afterward. "But really, I just want to stay positive and know that I've been throwing the ball well."

Matusz, on the other hand, has dropped back-to-back starts. One out away from giving the O's a quality start on Friday against the Braves, Matusz surrendered a two-run home run to Andrelton Simmons and in the process took his seventh loss of the season.

In all, the left-hander allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings, marking the seventh time in 13 starts this season that he's exited prior to completing six innings.

"This one's tough to swallow," Matusz said after the game. "I felt like I battled throughout the game making good pitches to get out of some jams.

"I made some good pitches, but couldn't finish it, which is really frustrating. But I'm gonna get back at it."

Orioles: Reimold mulling his options
• Continuing to see doctors in Baltimore, Nolan Reimold is weighing his options to recover from a herniated disk in his neck, which includes possible season-ending surgery.

Reimold has sought multiple opinions, and manager Buck Showalter said prior to Tuesday's game that there haven't been any definitive decisions made.

"Let's let this thing run its course. I've gotten some positive, best-case scenarios, too. So I don't think we are ready to go there yet," Showalter said about Reimold missing the rest of the season. "I think when we gather everything, what they decide to do exactly I can address that part of it. But I've heard a good time frame, too."

• Joel Pineiro threw five innings in his first Gulf Coast League game Tuesday morning, allowing a run on four hits and a walk in the Orioles' win over the Twins. Pineiro is rehabbing back from a strained right shoulder capsule.

Mets: Coaches considered Dickey every fourth day
• Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen talked last month about having Dickey pitch every fourth game, rather than every fifth.

"We just haven't been brave enough to try it just yet," Collins said Tuesday.

Because knuckleballs tend to be less stressful on the arm than fastballs and sliders, this would allow Dickey to pitch on short rest with less strain than other hurlers. However, Collins said he nixed the idea out of concern for his other four starters and making them have to pitch at times with more than a full week of rest.

Plus, Dickey has thrown back-to-back one-hitters, and Collins didn't want to mess with his routine.

Worth noting
• After scoring 12 runs on 16 hits in the final game of their last homestead June 14 against the Pirates, the Orioles have scored nine runs on 22 hits over their last five games.

• The Orioles have not hit a home run in their last five games, their longest stretch of the season.

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