Noah Syndergaard will not let a little thing like a blister slow him down, coming back from his Opening Day finger issue to shut down the Marlins Sunday night at Citi Field in a Mets win.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead. With one out in the first, Asdrubal Cabrera bunted into the shift (unbelievable that anyone shifts on him) for an infield single. Yoenis Cespedes singled to move Cabrera to third. Jay Bruce hit a little nubber to first. Justin Bour threw home with enough time to get Cabrera, but J.T. Realmuto took his eyes off the ball and it went by him. Cabrera scored to make it 1-0. Neil Walker singled to score Cespedes to make it 2-0. A Lucas Duda single loaded the bases, and then Michael Conforto walked to force in a run and make it 3-0. That error was costly for the Marlins.
The Mets returned the favor in the third. With a runner on second, Cespedes misplayed a fly ball, the error putting runners on second and third. Both of them scored to make it 3-2. Rene Rivera got the final two outs on his own, throwing out would-be base stealers.
With runners on second and third and two outs in the fifth, Syndergaard struck out Dee Gordon to end the threat and keep the slim one-run lead intact.
Bruce and Conforto came through with hit solo home runs in the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to extend the Mets lead to 5-2.
Syndergaard threw seven excellent innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter in earning his first win of the season.
Fernando Salas and Addison Reed pitched scoreless innings to nail down the game.
Mets win 5-2.