Noah Syndergaard was perfect through six innings Tuesday night against the Padres, and ended up going eight as the Mets shut out the Padres, pulling to within one game of the Nationals.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the first when Lucas Duda hit a monster tape measure shot into the seats in right-center to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. His 15th home run went an estimated 450 feet.
Will Venable led off the seventh with a clean single through the middle to end the perfect game bid. Yangervis Solarte then hit another grounder up the middle. Ruben Tejada made a nice play on it but tried to flip it with his glove to Daniel Murphy covering second. However, that flip went awry. It was ruled a single and an error as Venable went to third. But Matt Kemp popped out for the first out and Justin Upton grounded into a double play and Syndergaard escaped unscathed.
Juan Lagares pinch hit for Syndergaard leading off the eighth and doubled. Curtis Granderson then homered into the Pepsi Porch to extend the lead to 4-0. It was Granderson’s 15th homer to tie Duda for the team lead.
Syndergaard threw eight brilliant shutout innings, allowing three hits with nine strikeouts and zero walks. He evened his record at 5-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.70.
With the save attempt gone, Jeurys Familia sat down and Tyler Clippard made his Mets debut in the ninth. He allowed a leadoff double but then got the next three outs to preserve the shutout.
Mets win 4-0.