Noah Syndergaard did it all for the Mets on Thursday afternoon at Citi Field as they beat the Reds, 1-0, to earn a split of their four-game series.. > Box score
Five things to know about Thursday's game...
1) On a day where the Mets' bullpen was exhausted and Syndergaard was in need of a strong start after struggling for most of the season, Syndergaard delivered -- hurling a shutout in a thorough dismantling of the Reds. With his fastball topping out at 101 MPH and featuring a wicked curve ball, Syndergaard entered the ninth inning having retired 15 of the last 16 batters to face him. He retired the first two batters before allowing a broken-bat single to Derek Dietrich. After Dietrich was pinch-run for by pitcher Michael Lorenzen -- who stole second base -- Syndergaard struck out Yasiel Puig to end the game.
2) Overall, Syndergaard allowed four hits while walking one and striking out 10 as he lowered his ERA from 6.35 to 5.02. He threw 104 pitches -- 74 for strikes.
3) The only run of the game? That came courtesy of Syndergaard, who blasted a solo homer that landed deep in the seats in left center field.
4) Dominic Smith got the start at first base, with Pete Alonso replacing him as a pinch-hitter later on when the Reds brought a left-hander in. Alonso walked in his only plate appearance.
5) Reds OF Jesse Winker, who had been waving at Mets fans in a derisive way throughout the series, went 0-for-4 (including three strikeouts) and was thrown out of the game in the ninth inning while arguing balls and strikes at the plate.
Winker = tossed- SNY (@SNYtv) May 2, 2019
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6) The Mets mustered just four hits -- one each from Syndergaard, Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto, and Wilson Ramos.
The Mets open a three-game series against the Brewers on Friday night in Milwaukee at 8:10.
LHP Steven Matz gets the start for the Mets, opposed by LHP Gio Gonzalez for the Brewers.