Welcome to the New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard. You gave up just two runs over seven innings to the Cardinals Friday night and of course you walked away with a loss. And you probably thought the All-Star break might lead to a rejuvenated Mets offense.
It certainly looked that way after Curtis led off the game with a home run. But it would be the only run the Mets would score against Lance Lynn. They also managed just two more hits off of him in seven innings.
Syndergaard was shutting out the Cards through five innings when he allowed a leadoff single to Kolten Wong in the sixth. He stole second and advanced to third when Kevin Plawecki’s throw went into the outfield. He scored on a ground out to tie the score at one. One batter later, Jhonny Peralta homered to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.
The Mets bullpen allowed a run in the eighth to give the Cards a bit of a cushion.
They needed it because the Mets threatened in the ninth against All-Star closer Trevor Rosenthal. Lucas Duda singled with one out. Plawecki lofted a ball to right that hit off of Wong’s glove. Jason Heyward should have called him off but he didn’t. It went for a single and put runners on first and second. But three-homer guy Kirk Nieuwenhuis struck out for the second out. A wild pitch moved the runners to second and third. Ruben Tejada hit a slow roller up the middle and beat the throw to first, scoring Duda to make it 3-2. Eric Campbell, who pinch ran for Plawecki, went to third. John Mayberry was called on to pinch hit, but he struck out to end the game.
Mets lose 3-2 and break their four-game winning streak. Poor Noah Syndergaard.