The Mets went 7-for-9 their first time through the order against Tanner Roark, plating four runs in the first two innings of tonight’s victory agains the Nationals. Three of those runs came in the first inning when Brandon Nimmo, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jose Bautista led off the inning with three straight singles to put the Mets on the board. A Wilmer Flores sacrifice fly and a Devin Mesoraco single both produced additional runs and Noah Syndergaard was given an early 3-0 lead.
Noah Syndergaard had to work around runners on base most of the night, but did very well to limit the damage, giving up just one run through five innings of work on a limited pitch count his first start back from the disabled list. Thor was even able to help himself in the second inning with an RBI single to score Amed Rosario to put the Mets up 4-0.
The Nationals’ only run against Syndergaard came in the third inning when Tanner Roark blooped one down the right field line that took a weird bounce, rolling across the lip of the wall to evade Nimmo, allowing Roark to reach third base. Wilmer Difo followed that with his own drive down the right field line for an RBI double.
Seth Lugo pitched two scoreless innings of relief, despite not having his best control in the sixth inning. He walked two batters to lead off the inning, but then retired three straight batters to escape the jam unscathed. He followed that up with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. Justin Miller, Matt Grace, and Shawn Kelley each threw scoreless innings to keep the Mets in check, giving the Nationals a chance to come back.
The Nats inched closer in the eighth inning when Matt Adams hit a bomb of a home run into the upper deck off of Robert Gsellman. Gsellman was hit hard in the inning, but luckily those hard hit balls found Mets fielders and the Mets held onto their two-run lead. Mickey Callaway stuck with Gsellman for the ninth and he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, the game ending with a nice diving catch by Nimmo in center field.
Noah Syndergaard missed roughly a month and a half and now has the same number of wins as Jacob deGrom. Go figure.
Full recap to follow.
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