Noah Syndergaard turned in a dominant performance on Tuesday night, firing seven innings to outduel Max Scherzer in the Mets' 2-0 win against the Nationals at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Syndergaard turned in his best performance on the mound since his second start of the year, allowing five hits and striking out 10 without walking a batter. Thirteen of his 102 pitches were clocked at 100 mph or more, including seven in the first inning.
- Curtis Granderson led off the bottom of the first with his seventh home run and the 38th of his career. His 14 leadoff home runs as a Met are second in club history behind Jose Reyes (16). Granderson also singled and walked twice to snap a 7-for-53 (.132) stretch in 14 games this month.
- Michael Conforto also went deep for New York, extending his modest hitting streak to five games.
- David Wright and Lucas Duda were both out of the starting lineup due to back issues. Wright was in the original lineup but was a late scratch.
- Jeurys Familia retired the Nats in order in the ninth to notch his 13th save of the season.
- Matt Reynolds made his major league debut, starting at third base in place of Wright. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
- Daniel Murphy went 1-for-3 in his return to New York. He left the Mets with the eighth-highest batting average in club history (.288) and the second-most doubles (228).
Danny Abriano: The Mets got solo homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto and Max Scherzer was pretty impressive on the other side for the Nats, but Tuesday night was the Noah Syndergaard show.
Syndergaard, who homered twice during his last start, came out firing (he reached 100 MPH seven times in the first inning) and dominated the Nats over seven innings while allowing just five hits, walking none and striking out 10. His ERA for the season is now 2.19.
With Bryce Harper up as the tying run with two outs in the sixth inning, Syndergaad came back from a 3-0 count to strike him out as the crowd erupted much like it did during the final game of the Mets' three-game sweep over the Nats at Citi Field last August. He then followed with a perfect seventh inning to wrap up his night.
Losers of four straight games entering Tuesday, the Mets needed a shutdown performance from Syndergaard and they got it, moving within a half game of first place in the process.>> To read more from Danny, follow Rising Apple on Twitter
Rob Brender: Noah Syndergaard has the most dominating stuff in big league baseball right now and the full repertoire was on display tonight. I'm not suggesting he's necessarily ready to supplant Clayton Kershaw as the best pitcher in the game but he's on his way to being in the conversation if he keeps this up. What's most impressive to me is he seems to raise his level in big games and he looks calm and in total control at all times. He loves the pressure. He feeds off it. It's a pleasure to watch.
I can't remember the last time I saw Bryce Harper look as overmatched at the plate as he did tonight. Even when he got ahead in the count he didn't get a good swing off Noah. That's the best hitter in the National League being completely overwhelmed. Again, a reflection of how dominant Noah can be.
Max Scherzer was fantastic as well. He made two mistakes and the Mets did what they do, hit home runs. Granderson and Conforto have really been scuffling, too. Hopefully, going deep off Scherzer will get them back on track. Grandy drawing a couple of walks was also a nice sign that he's seeing the ball well and might be ready to turn things around.
Remember all that great mojo the Nats were feeling early in the season? This will remind them who the defending NL Champs are. >> To follow Rob on Twitter, click here
- Terry Collins on Syndergaard: "He's fearless. He's not afraid to do what he has to do. It always helps when you have a horse you can ride on that mound. We played good, but we pitched great."
- Kevin Plawecki on Syndergaard: "He's special. No stage is too big for him. No moment is too big. Every time a big game arises he meets that challenge … "We've seen time and time again Noah elevate his game even more, even when you think that he can't, if that makes any sense. It's pretty incredible what he's able to do start for start."
- Syndergaard on his start: "Huge, crucial game. "Nice win back home. I know that their lineup is really a big threat, so I was just trying to make it unpredictable up there. Trying to make them a little uncomfortable."
- Wright on his back: "Most of the days it has been fairly mediocre. Today it was toward the bad."
News and notes…
- The Mets snapped their four-game losing streak and have now won nine of their last 11 games at Citi Field.
- New York went 11-8 against Washington in 2015 after going just 15-41 against them from 2011-2014. Overall, the Mets have won eight of their last 10 games against the Nats dating back to last season.
- Syndergaard improved to 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in four career starts against Washington.
- Despite a 2.00 ERA, Scherzer is just 1-3 against the Mets in five starts as a National.
The Mets (22-16) will go for their second straight win over the Nationals (23-16) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (3-2, 3.53 ERA) matches up against Washington southpaw Gio Gonzalez (2-1, 1.93 ERA).