Noah Syndergaard certainly made a statement in his last start before the trading deadline. He tossed 7 1⁄3 brilliant innings, giving up just one run on five hits and striking out 11 batters. But Edwin Diaz blew the save in the ninth inning and Syndergaard was not able to get the win for his effort in what may have been his last start in a Mets uniform.
Offense was lacking on the part of both teams. But it was especially a night of missed opportunities for the Mets, who left 9 men on base in the first nine innings and went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position over that span.
Seth Lugo came in the game in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and one out and induced a key double play to protect the one-run lead. But Diaz suffered from major control problems in the ninth, which led to a run to send the game to extra innings.
The Mets’ first hit with a runner in scoring position was a big one. With Amed Rosario on second base in the top of the 11th, Jeff McNeil hit a two-run homer to give the Mets a 4-2 lead. Michael Conforto immediately followed with an absolutely monstrous shot to pile on and extend the Mets’ lead to three runs.
Robert Gsellman, who tossed a scoreless tenth inning, was tasked with closing things out for the Mets in the eleventh. He twirled a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two batters to seal the victory for the Mets.
Full recap to follow.
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