The Mets nearly got another complete game out of a starting pitcher last night, and they almost needed it.

Closer Frank Francisco made things interesting in the ninth inning after Dillon Gee shut down the Orioles for most of the night. Francisco walked in a run before escaping with the bases loaded in the Mets' 4-3 victory.

Francisco threw 33 pitches in the inning, 11 of which were balls, as he picked up his 17th save of the year. The 250-pounder said after the game the 90-degree heat affected him.

"It was hot today. I was sweating like crazy," Francisco said. "I think I got tired a little bit. They gave me a great fight — a lot of foul balls — and they got me tired a little bit. .?.?. [It] seems like I've got to run a little more to get in shape."