Noah Syndergaard returned to the mound Tuesday after missing a start because of strep throat, and he showed he is perfectly healthy as the Mets beat the Marlins.
Syndergaard allowed a run in the first but the Mets took care of that with two swings of the bat. Jay Bruce hit a two-run home run in the third to give the Mets the lead. Bruce is finally starting to hit like the Mets hoped he would. Then in the third Yoenis Cespedes hit a mammoth two-run shot off that stupid sculpture in center to extend the lead to 4-1.
Syndergaard went six solid innings, allowing just the one run on five hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
The Mets squandered several chances to pad their lead. They did not miss the opportunity in the eighth. After a Ty Kelly single and Jose Reyes double, Cespedes was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Curtis Granderson singled to drive in two runs to make it 6-1. Bruce singled to load the bases. With two outs Lucas Duda cleared the bases with a double to put the game out of reach, 9-1.
They added three runs in the ninth for good measure.
Mets win 12-1. A much-needed win after Monday’s emotional loss.