Mets use two-out magic to beat Blue Jays in 11
The Mets (35-30) came from behind twice and wound up beating the Blue Jays in 11 innings on Monday night at Citi Field.
After Noah Syndergaard gave up a two-out solo homer to Jose Bautista in the first, he dominated, striking out 11 Blue Jays in six innings of work.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Mets got their first runner against Buehrle when Lucas Duda doubled, but they failed to score.
In the sixth, after Syndergaard dropped a sacrifice bunt that moved Kevin Plawecki to second base, Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada hit back-to-back doubles to put the Mets in front, 2-1.
Jeurys Familia allowed a leadoff homer to Jose Bautista in the ninth as Toronto tied things, 2-2, but escaped a first and second, one out jam to send things to extras.
With runners on first and third and one out in the 11th, Dioner Navarro hit a sacrifice fly off Hansel Robles to give the Blue Jays a 3-2 lead.
With two outs in ninth and Michael Cuddyer on first base and running with the pitch, Lucas Duda blooped a single to left field with the Blue Jays playing no doubles defense. That allowed Cuddyer to come around and score the tying run. The next batter, Wilmer Flores, smoked a single up the middle to drive in Duda and give the Mets a 4-3 win.
- Noah Syndergaard was incredibly impressive after a rough first inning. Overall, he allowed one run on two hits, walked two and struck out a career-high 11.
- Carlos Torres pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief of Syndergaard.
- Jeurys Familia, who had been asked to record the last four outs, suffered his second blown save of the season in the ninth.
- Hansel Robles tossed a perfect frame in the tenth but gave up the go-ahead run in the 11th.
The story of Monday night’s game — aside from the incredible comeback — was Syndergaard’s performance.
After a rocky first inning where he threw 32 pitches, Syndergaard didn’t just settle in, he dominated. Syndergaard featured mainly his fastball and changeup while striking out a career-high 11 batters, including eight of the last 10 batters he faced.
Syndergaard reeling himself in and dominating perhaps the best-hitting team in baseball was incredibly impressive, and was a huge step in the right direction after back-to-back shaky starts.
The Mets wrap up their two-game set with the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Citi Field at 7:10 PM.
Matt Harvey gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Scott Copeland for Toronto.