Monday night Bartolo Colon was bitten badly by the Diamondbacks, but Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard got redemption, as the Mets defeated Arizona 7-5 in the dry dessert heat.
After a 9-0 loss to Arizona last week, Syndergaard rebounded with 5 2/3 innings of 4 runs, 2 earned, seven hits, 8 strikeouts and 2 walks. And he got a little help from his bat, belting a two run shot off of Braden Shipley, who tossed seven scoreless innings in that previous pummeling of last week.
It was another ominous beginning for NY, who fell behind 1-0 after Yasmany Tomas tagged Syndergaard for a solo shot in the 4th. Shipley kept the Mets quiet until the 5th when they exploded for 4 runs.
T.J. Rivera, whose consecutive game of dubious defense resulted in an unearned run, singled to center, followed by Alejandro De Aza’s double, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Rene Rivera brought home his namesake with a sac fly, followed by Syndergaard’s two run dinger, his third of the season.
Jose Reyes then tripled to right scoring on Granderson’s sac fly.
Shipley was sent to the dugout after surrendering 3 runs in the sixth. Kelly Johnson, filling in for Neil Walker, led off with a homer, T.J. Rivera singled and took second on centerfielder Michael Bourn’s error, then scored on De Aza’s second double of the night.
De Aza got the gift of third base when right fielder bobbled the ball, and came home on the speedy Reye’s an infield single.
With a seemingly comfortable 7-1 lead in the bottom of the 6th, NY came dangerously close to throwing it all away on a triple by the recently called up Mitch Haniger, his first MLB hit, scoring 2, then another run on a T.J. Rivera fielding error to close the gap 7-4.
Haniger added another RBI to his resume’ with a double in the 7th, and NY escaped without any further damage as Jeurys Familia picked up his league leading 40th save.
A fortuitous night for the Mets as they pick up ground on the Nationals and Marlins, to get back to one game over .500.
On Wednesday, LHP Jonathan Niese will get a crack at his old starting rotation gig against RHP Archie Bradley in an attempt to give his new old teammates their second straight series win.