Wilson Ramos set the tone in the first inning and Noah Syndergaard took it from there in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday at Nationals Park.
The Mets catcher spotted his pitcher a four-run lead before he even took the mound when Ramos blasted a 1-0 changeup from Jeremy Hellickson over the left field fence for a grand slam.
It was just the second home run of the season for Ramos, who has struggled to find his power stroke through 36 games with the Mets.
"It made me feel really happy, I try to do my best and have been working really hard in the cage, get my timing back," he said. "Today I take a good at-bat and that makes me more confident."
Meanwhile, Syndergaard is also trying to put his early season struggles behind him.
For the second time in his last three outings, the right-hander delivered a quality start, this time taking a no-hit bid into the sixth inning before allowing three hits in the sixth, including a two-run home run to Victor Robles.
Syndergaard allowed just four hits in eight strong innings while striking out six for his third win of the season and lowered his ERA from 5.14 to 4.74.
"Pitching is a lot more fun when you go out there and don't think, which I felt like I did a fairly decent job today about what I was necessarily doing mechanically on the mound," Syndergaard said. "Just had my cues and tried to deliver a quality pitch every time."
Manager Mickey Callaway commended Syndergaard's fastball command, which he was still throwing in the high 90s late into the game.
"The changeup was good but to me, it was the fastball command," Callaway said. "He was dotting his fast ball. Even in that seventh inning, to come back last couple of hitters and throw 98, 99 and dot it up at the bottom of the zone gives you a lot of confidence."