Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts jumps over New York’s Vinny Rottino as the Mets complete the home sweep of Baltimore. (Frank Franklin II/Associated Press)

The Baltimore Orioles scored at Citi Field. Three times. Sound the alarms.

Sure, they lost again to the New York Mets, a 4-3 defeat that marked the third time this season that they’ve been swept.

But here, against the Mets, little victories were important for the suddenly scuffling Orioles.

So in the eighth inning Wednesday, when Wilson Betemit hit a two-run homer to right against Mets’ right-hander Dillon Gee, it meant something.

It meant the Orioles had finally stopped their scoreless streak at 28 innings, their longest such run of futility since 2003. It also allowed them to avoid a third consecutive shutout, something that has happened just once in franchise history, when they failed to score in three straight games in 1957.

Betemit’s homer, his ninth of the season, was the Orioles first run since the sixth inning on Sunday in Atlanta, when, incredibly, they scored on a balk. The Orioles hadn’t used a hit to drive in a run since Brian Roberts’s two-run single in the seventh inning on Saturday.

The batting indignity nearly ran deeper Wednesday. For the first seven innings, the Orioles could manage just one hit against Gee, a single by pitcher Brian Matusz., who was 0 for 7 in his career at the plate.

So the Orioles pitcher had more hits than the rest of the lineup.

That nightmare ended in the eighth, when first baseman Nick Johnson led off with an infield single and Betemit homered.

— Baltimore Sun