Noah Syndergaard retired the first 16 batters he faced, leading the Mets to a rain-shortened 2-0 win over the Indians Thursday night and a sweep of the three-game series. Cleveland came in averaging nearly six runs per game in their previous 12 games, yet scored only five runs in the three games. Meanwhile, the Mets extended their winning streak to five games and are now 27-9 in their last 36 games.
Syndergaard had all of his pitches working tonight. While he was helped out by a ridiculous over-the-shoulder grab by J.D. Davis – albeit on a route that Dave Kingman would call bad – most of the Indians hitters did not make good contact. Syndergaard lost the perfect game when he shook off a pitch from catcher Wilson Ramos. Tyler Naquin, who later would throw out a runner at the plate, went down and hit a good pitch for a solid single. Francisco Lindor would later single with two outs, but Syndergaard got out of the jam thanks to a diving stop by Pete Alonso. After the play Alonso and Syndergaard chest bumped and the resulting thud was heard in the upper deck.
The Mets didn’t get much offense against the Cleveland starter but they bunched their hits in the fourth inning and came away with two runs, thanks to back-to-back doubles by Michael Conforto and Ramos, who drove in both runs.
Syndergaard was cruising and needed just 73 pitches to complete six innings. But before he could take the mound in the seventh, the game went into a rain delay, one that stopped action for nearly two-and-a-half hours. When play resumed, Jeurys Familia pitched the seventh and Paul Sewald came on in the eighth. Familia continued to get results and, amazingly, Sewald look extremely good, as he picked up two strikeouts.
When the Mets batted in the eighth inning, the heavens opened up again. They got their first two batters on base before the umps called for the tarps again. Play never resumed.
The win upped the Mets’ Citi Field record to 37-21. They’ll look to add to that mark when they host the Braves this weekend.