Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes hit two-run homers in consecutive innings and Noah Syndergaard showed no ill-effects of his strep throat as the Mets routed the Marlins, 12-1, on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
In case you missed it…
- Bruce went 2-for-5 and put New York ahead with his 31st home run in the second. Cespedes doubled the lead in the third with a monstrous blast off the home run sculpture in left-center for his 31st long ball of the year.
- Pitching for the first time in eight days, Syndergaard (14-9) allowed a run on two hits in the first and surrendered two more singles in the second before settling in. He struck out eight without issuing a walk and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
- After going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position through the first seven innings, the Mets blew the game open with eight runs in the eighth and ninth. Curtis Granderson had a two-run single and Lucas Duda hit a three-run double in the eighth. Granderson added an RBI double in the ninth while Michael Conforto and Juan Lagares also drove in runs.
- New York pounded out 19 hits and scored at least 10 runs for the third time in five games. Jose Reyes went 3-for-6 while Asdrubal Cabrera, T.J. Rivera, Granderson, Bruce, Duda and Syndergaard had two hits apiece for New York.
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Terry Collins on Bruce: "Been very encouraging…He put some very, very good swings on it last night and put some good swings on it tonight against left-handers, against right-handers…if he's back, we're gonna be a different lineup."
Bruce on his strong game: "You know, I feel comfortable up there, I really do. I never think it's coming, I just always keep working and keep preparing. In this game, nothing's for sure until it's for sure. Like I said, keep preparing, keep working and hopefully just contribute to the team."
Collins on Syndergaard's start: "I think the extra day really helped him get some energy back. He didn't seem fatigued…He gave us what he had to have and that's get us deep into the game and pitch like we know he can."
Syndergaard on his start: "It's huge. Every game right now is coming to the wire. Each pitch is critical so I just try to go out there and keep things simple, try not to get ahead of myself and win each pitch. … Just trying to stay within myself and not trying to do too much. … I felt great. I felt strong out there. I felt like I could locate my sinker to both sides of the plate whenever I needed to."
News and notes…
- The Mets entered the night a half-game ahead of the Giants for the first Wild Card spot and 1.5 games in front of the Cardinals. Since August 20, New York has gone 24-12 to erase a 5.5-game deficit in the Wild Card standings.
- New York's 102 home runs on the road are the third-most in franchise history. The 2000 club holds the record with 105 homers away from New York.
- The Mets have scored 59 runs on 72 hits in the last six games.
- After driving in three runs on Tuesday, Granderson has 24 RBIs in his last 25 games.
- Syndergaard has a 1.14 ERA in his last four road starts and has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of his last eight outings. His 218 strikeouts are the most by a Met since R.A. Dickey fanned 230 in 2012.
The Mets (84-74) conclude their season series with the Marlins (78-79) from Marlins Park on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.61 ERA, 1.06 WHIP), who received a no-decision in his last outing after allowing three runs in five innings against Philadelphia, is unbeaten in his last six starts. Right-hander Jose Urena (4-8, 5.95 ERA, 1.40 WHIP) defeated the Mets on Sep. 1 but has posted a 7.71 ERA in his four other starts this month.