Noah Syndergaard started for the Mets and looked fantastic out of the gate striking out the first 4 pirates to face him. In the bottom of the 2nd with 2 out Pedro Alvarez hit a ground rule double. Gregory Polanco then hit a ground that looked like a sure out to Duda, but it got by him scoring Alvarez for a 1-0 lead. Polanco was credited with a hit. Polanco then stole 2nd and made it to third on a passed ball by Kevin Plawecki. Chris Stewart then doubled Polanco home and it was 2-0. Meanwhile for the Bucs Gerrit Cole was throwing darts.
In the top of the third the Mets scored their only run. Juan Lagares reached on an error. Plawecki then singled making it 1st and 3rd. Plawecki then scored on a wild pitch by Cole and it was 2-1.
The Bucs made it 4-1 in the 6th. Jung Ho Kang singled home Andrew McCutchen. Then after a throwing error by Syndergaard, Pedro Alvarez’ sac-fly capped the scoring.
Syndergaard had a rocky outing going 6 innings allowing 7 hits 4 runs (3 earned) and striking out 5. He takes the loss falling to 1-2. Erik Goeddel continues to impress out of the pen with 2 scoreless innings of relief to keep the Mets in the game.
Gerrit Cole was dominant going 8 1/3 allowing 6 hits 1 unearned run, 1 walked and he struck out 10. He improves to 6-2. Mark Melancon came on with 1 out in the 9th to notch his 10th save.
With the loss the Mets fall to 24-19 overall and 7-13 on the road. They fall 1 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals as they beat the Phillies in Philadelphia. Saturday Evening it’s game 2 of the series. It’s Harvey Day, Matt Harvey (5-1 1.98) goes for the Mets, A.J. Burnett (3-1 1.38) goes for the Mets.