The Mets were stymied by the opposing starting pitcher for the second night in a row, going down meekly to Drew Pomeranz and the Padres by a count of 2-0. A quality start by Noah Syndergaard was wasted as the hitters couldn't push across any of their eight baserunners on the night. On the bright side, the Mets hadn't lost two in a row since their four-game losing streak April 9-12.
Syndergaard was solid over 97 pitches and six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five. John Jay accounted for three of those hits, and he scored the first run of the game after doubling to lead of the first and drove in the other run with a single in the fifth. The opposition's running game was once again key to getting to Syndergaard; one of the Padres' two steals set up Jay's RBI.
The Mets simply did not mount many scoring threats. Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out at the plate by a wide margin on an ill-advised decision by third-base coach Tim Teufel to send him in the seventh; the play was challenged because Derek Norris dropped the ball after the tag, but Cabrera never touched the plate, rendering the challenge moot. New York worked two walks in the ninth but couldn't push anything across as Cabrera and Alejandro DeAza struck out to end the game.
The Nationals also lost, so the Mets lose no ground, remaining 1.5 games out of first place. Bartolo Colon looks to get one back against James Shields in an 8:40 P.M. EST start in game 3 of the four-game set on Saturday.
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