Posted by Craig Mitchell at 9:40 PM
Tuesday night in Queens, Noah Syndergaard was perfect through six innings, while the Met offense played long ball again…the Mets blank the Padres 4-0. Syndergaard was spectacular. He took a perfect game into the top of the 7th inning. Will Venerable singled to center to lead off the inning and ruin Thor’s bid for perfection. The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning. Curtis Granderson singled and was erased on a double play. Daniel Murphy then singled and that brought up Lucas Duda who hit a titanic 456ft home run to right center, for Duda #15 on the year. James Shields started for the Friars. He allowed the Duda blast. Shawn Kelly relieved him and then yielded a two run blast to Granderson in the bottom of the 8th, also his 15th and the Mets had a 4-0 lead. Syndergaard went 8 scoreless allowing just 3 hits while striking out 9. He gets the win and evens his record at 5-5. His ERA drops to a crisp 2.70. In his 7 career starts are Citi Field, Thor is now 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA. New Met Tyler Clippard pitched the 9th inning. He was greeted with a leadoff double by Abraham Almonte, but had no problem retiring the next three in a row to nail a scoreless debut. Shields take the loss he falls to 8-4. With the win the Mets have won 3 straight and improve to 52-48 overall and 35-16 at home. The Nats lost to the Marlins in Miami. The Mets are now 1 game behind the Nationals for first place in the NL East. Wednesday night Bartolo Colon (9-9 4.60) goes for the Mets, Tyson Ross (6-8 3.45) goes for the Padres.