The Blue Jays came into Citi Field Monday night riding an 11-game winning streak. It looked like it was going to be 12 but then the Mets mounted a two-out rally in the 11th inning to ruin the Jays night.
Things got off to a bad start for Noah Syndergaard when he allowed a massive home run to Jose Bautista into the second deck in left field in the first inning as the Blue Jays took the early 1-0 lead.
It stayed that way until the sixth, and we can thank old pal Jose Reyes for the help. His throwing error on a Kevin Plawecki grounder put a runner on first with no outs. Syndergaard sacrificed him to second. Plawecki scored on a double by Juan Lagares and Lagares would score on a Ruben Tejada double and suddenly the Mets had a 2-1 lead.
Syndergaard was only in to sacrifice; he was removed from the game after throwing 109 pitches. He went six excellent innings, allowing one run on just two hits. He struck out a career high 11 batters and walked two.
Jeurys Familia came on with two outs in the eighth for the four-out save attempt for the second straight game. He had to come in because the Mets once again could not turn an inning-ending double play (a ball momentarily got stuck in Ruben Tejada’s glove at third). Familia got that out but on his first pitch of the ninth, Bautista hit another solo home run to tie the game at two. He then allowed a bloop single and a walk to put runners on first and second with one out. A grounder to second looked like a double play, but the Mets were just too slow to turn it. This is happening far too often. So runners were on first and third with two outs. But Familia was able to get a strikeout to end the inning.
So it was onto extra innings. Hansel Robles threw a scoreless 10th. He was not so lucky in the 11th. A walk and single put runners on first and third with one out. Dioner Navarro then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.
Tejada walked with one out in the bottom of the 11th. He was forced out at second on a Michael Cuddyer ground out. With two outs and down to his last strike, Lucas Duda lofted a pop fly to short right. It fell in and Cuddyer scored all the way from first to tie the score at three. He went to second on the throw. Wilmer Flores then singled up the middle to score Duda and win the game.
The Mets come back to win and snap the Blue Jays winning streak, 4-3.