Noah Syndergaard slogged his way through six innings and the offense mustered just five hits as the Mets again failed to win consecutive games after suffering a 4-3 loss to the Tigers on Friday night at Comerica Park.
In case you missed it…
- Syndergaard (9-6) allowed four runs -- three during a 30-pitch fourth inning -- on seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out seven to suffer his third loss in his last four decisions.
- The Tigers scored three runs in the fourth immediately after falling behind, 2-1, in the top half. Victor Martinez hit a two-run homer and James McCann singled in the third run with a two-out single on an 0-2 pitch.
- Kelly Johnson gave New York a brief 2-1 lead with his sixth home run of the season and second in as many days. James Loney's groundout scored Neil Walker in the ninth for the Mets' final run.
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Syndergaard on his recent issues: "I feel like this past month has been a good learning experience for me. My pitch counts get escalated within the first three innings and I go, 'Crap, I better get some quick outs here and save the bullpen.' It's nice to be able to go six, but I'd like to be able to go deeper into the game with a lot more ease. … It's just been frustrating the past month because I have the confidence to go out there, and I feel like I have the stuff to go out there and dominate every team that opposes me. It's just something hasn't been clicking recently. … Right now, I'm trying to be too fine with all of my pitches. Trying to basically play darts out there to me as opposed to going out there and trusting my mechanics and just delivering a quality pitch."
Syndergaard on his outing: "I went out there in that fourth inning just thinking in my head, 'Don't give up the lead. Don't give up the lead.' That's like trying to tell someone not to think about a pink elephant. It just doesn't work out like that. I dropped the ball on that one mentally, and that can't happen."
Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "It's been a battle. That's a great way to put it. He's had to work very, very hard, harder than he ever probably has had since he's been Major League pitcher. To be honest, even though it's tough, I think it's good for him. If you're going to learn to pitch at this level, you've got to learn to pitch through tough times, and right now he's going through tough times. He got ahead of a lot of guys and couldn't make the pitch to get them out."
Collins on the Mets' inconsistency: "It seems like there's a night where we pitch well and we don't hit, then another night we score six and we win the game. Then the next night, we don't hit again. It's certainly hard to understand why we're going like that."
News and notes…
- The Mets fell to 9-12 since the All-Star break and are the only team in baseball to not win consecutive games in the second half.
- New York is 8-11 all-time against Detroit. The Tigers swept the Mets in a three-game series at Citi Field in 2013.
- New York's streak of scoring four or more runs ended at four straight games, tied for the second-longest stretch of the season.
- Syndergaard has pitched into the seventh inning just once in his last eight starts. In that span, he's allowed 53 hits and struck out 51 batters in 44 1/3 innings to go with a 4.06 ERA.
- Johnson's homer was the Mets' 10th in their last six games. He had been 0-for-15 with seven strikeouts against Justin Verlander before going deep.
- Walker went 2-for-4, making him 20-for-41 (.488) with five extra-base hits and seven RBIs in his last 10 games.
The Mets (56-53) and Tigers (60-49) meet for the second of three on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Searching for his first win as a starter since April 19, Logan Verrett (3-6, 4.20 ERA) carries a stretch of four consecutive no-decisions to the mound. Southpaw Matt Boyd (2-2, 4.71 ERA) brings a 2.21 ERA in his last four starts into Saturday's outing.