Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard couldn't overcome a rough first inning in Friday's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
Syndergaard allowed a season-high four runs and gave up eight hits in 5 2/3 innings, including a poor first inning in which he allowed the first four batters to reach base before he even recorded an out.
The 25-year-old Syndergaard (8-3) allowed a leadoff single to Cesar Hernandez and walked Rhys Hoskins to bring up former teammate Asdrubal Cabrera, whose double to left field made it 1-0. Nick Williams followed with an RBI single to center that made it 2-0. Syndergaard got Carlos Santana to hit into a 3-6-3 double play, but Cabrera scored from third to make it 3-0.
Syndergaard's struggles with runners on base also continued, as he allowed five stolen bases on Friday to push him into a tie with Steven Matz for the most allowed in the majors this year (25).
"I was working on it prior to getting hurt and I'm still trying to get consistent with it," Syndergaard said. "It's definitely an Achilles heel of mine - something that's been disappointing over the last three years and somewhat embarrassing tonight and something I'm going to continue to work on."
Added manager Mickey Callaway: "The bottom line is he needs to get better and I think he will."
En route to a season-high 115 pitches, Syndergaard never threw a 1-2-3 inning on Friday. He allowed an infield single in the second, a two-out walk in the third and started the fourth inning by giving up a leadoff triple to Roman Quinn, who scored on Jorge Alfaro's RBI single that made it 4-1.