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Mets Morning News: Syndergaard dominant in relief, Robles unravels in Mets' loss

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Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and Major League Baseball news, notes, and links.

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Meet the Mets

Steven Matz, Jim Henderson, and Noah Syndergaard combined for seven innings of three-run baseball, but an ineffective outing from Hansel Robles squandered the Mets' chances for a 2-0 series lead over the White Sox. Robles surrendered a two-run home run to Tyler Saladino, who was a thorn in the Mets' side all night.

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Noah Syndergaard, who threw just 34 pitches before he was ejected on Saturday against the Dodgers, lived up to his billing in a relief appearance. He routinely touched 101 MPH in a scoreless seventh inning.

To open an active roster spot for James Loney, who went 0-for-4 with an error in his team debut, the Mets optioned Eric Campbell to Triple-A Las Vegas.

David Wright is dealing with a herniated disk in his neck, which may require a disabled list stint. Wright has now missed four consecutive games.

One lucky Mets fan beat White Sox ace Chris Sale in a rock-paper-scissors duel, winning an autograph from the four-time All-Star.

May could have been much worse for the Mets, writes Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Around the NL East

The Nationals topped the Phillies, as Stephen Drew hit an inside-the-park home run en route to Philadelphia's fifth straight defeat.

The Braves were shut out by Jake Peavy and the Giants, but the team made a notable move off the field; dealing veteran reliever Jason Grilli to the Blue Jays for a pitching prospect. Grilli has a 5.29 ERA thus far in 2016, but he earned 24 saves last season as Atlanta's closer.

Jose Fernandez out-dueled Gerrit Cole, propelling the Marlins to a 3-1 victory over Pittsburgh. After losing Bryan Morris for a prolonged period with back surgery, the team activated left-handed reliever Mike Dunn from a rehab assignment.

Around the Majors

The Rockies went off for seven home runs in a 17-4 drubbing of the Reds.  Meanwhile, Colorado shortstop Jose Reyes is set to begin a rehab assignment in Triple-A on Wednesday, despite the team's non-committal stance on his future within the organization.

An already disastrous season for the 15-36 Twins took a turn for the worse, as Miguel Sano landed on the disabled list following a loss to the Oakland A's.

Clayton Kershaw has surrendered just five walks all season; Grant Brisbee of SB Nation took an in-depth look at each free pass.

Despite lowering his season ERA, Jake Arrieta saw his win streak come to an end Tuesday night at Wrigley Field, as the Dodgers earned a 5-0 victory over the Cubs. Entering Tuesday's outing, the Cubs had won 23 straight games Arrieta started.

Mookie Betts was a one-man wrecking crew at Camden Yards, hitting three home runs in a 6-2 win over the Orioles. Betts' slugging percentage jumped from .480 to .522 after Tuesday's performance.

If catching doesn't work out for Christian Bethancourt, he may have a future on the mound. The Padres' backstop showed off a mid-90's fastball and knuckleball in a pitching appearance against the Mariners.

Yesterday at AA

Noel Purcell profiled James Loney prior to his Mets debut against Mat Latos and the White Sox.

Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard have become adept at limiting opposing batters'  ISO, writes Timothy Finnegan.

Lukas Vlahos delivered Tuesday's Daily Prospect Report.

This Date in Mets History

On this date in 2012, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history. The Mets had played 8,120 games before achieving a no-no.

Happy birthday to Dean Chance and Rick Baldwin!