Through the first three innings of Friday's game between the Mets and Dodgers, Noah Syndergaard looked to be at the top of his game, allowing just two hitters to reach base while striking out four.
But in the fourth inning, Syndergaard made a pair of mistake pitches that ultimately handed him his eighth loss of the season in the Dodgers' 9-2 victory.
With one away, Cody Bellinger walked, followed by a Corey Seager single. AJ Pollock then sharply grounded a ball up the middle, just out of the reach of Robinson Cano, scoring Bellinger and tying the game.
Then came the big blow. On a 3-2 pitch, Syndergaard left a curveball up in the zone, and Gavin Lux didn't miss it, crushing a three-run shot to center field that hit just about the orange line, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead.