Chris Carpenter tossed seven sharp innings and Wilmer Flores hit his second home run of the season as the New York Mets won their eighth straight game, routing the Baltimore Orioles 13-1 on Friday night.
The Mets have won 12 of 13 overall.
The top-seeded Mets won their fifth straight on the road and sent the Orioles tumbling to their fifth consecutive loss. New York leads Milwaukee by four games in the NL East.
Carpenter (2-3) has pitched well in losses to the Braves and Marlins but made it two straight outings in which he has allowed just one run and has only two hits in 12 innings. He retired his first 12 batters against Baltimore and a banged-up Orioles lineup.
The Orioles, who have scored 26 runs in the losing streak, were shut out for the sixth time. Manager Buck Showalter was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, who had given the Mets second and third strikes to make the strike zone smaller than normal on Carpenter.
Baltimore’s No. 9 hitter, Jonathan Schoop, nearly hit a three-run homer, but the ball caromed to leftfield just foul.
Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and two RBIs for the Mets.
Following the game, the Mets announced starter Noah Syndergaard will miss at least three weeks with a strained right trapezius. He was hurt Thursday night after being charged with five runs in four innings in a 9-2 loss to the Cubs.
The Mets finished their final homestand of the season with a 10-3 mark.
Syndergaard’s injury will be replaced in the rotation by Tommy Milone. Milone started Tuesday’s 14-4 rout of Tampa Bay but lasted just two innings. He will be recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas for his first start of the season.
Collins said righty Matt Harvey, whom the Mets moved down to the bullpen for the three-game series, is scheduled to make his first start in more than a year Wednesday against St. Louis.
The addition of Harvey will trigger a corresponding move, likely the demotion of lefty Josh Smoker from the majors to the minors.
Flores connected on a two-run homer in the second. Schoop greeted Carpenter with a leadoff single in the third, but New York’s Wilmer Flores made a diving play, grabbing Schoop’s slow roller and stepping on second to force the runner at the bag.
New York stretched its lead to 6-0 in the fourth on three hits and an error by second baseman Jonathan Schoop.
Orioles: RHP Manny Machado was hit by a pitch on the left elbow in the fifth. … RHP T.J. McFarland (bruised right index finger) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session and is still scheduled to make his next start Tuesday in New York. … OF Trey Mancini (hamstring) took batting practice on the field and likely will be the DH again on Saturday.
Mets: 2B Neil Walker (hamstring) has begun a rehab assignment with Class A St. Lucie and is expected to play his first game on Sunday. … 3B Todd Frazier (left hamstring) will rejoin the Mets on Sunday when they visit St. Louis. … Collins gave rookie rightfielder Dominic Smith his first start since April 28.
Orioles: RHP Chris Tillman (2-6, 5.31 ERA) is 0-4 with a 5.49 ERA over his last seven starts.
Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (7-1, 2.60 ERA) looks to win his fourth straight decision in his first start since straining his right trapezius.