Syn­der­gaard bat­tered de­spite gift HR, Cards top Mets

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ST. LOUIS — Noah Syn­der­gaard has found his health, and even a lit­tle bit of luck at the plate, but he’s still off to a vex­ing start to the sea­son.

Paul Gold­schmidt drove in two runs and Syn­der­gaard hit a home run with Dex­ter Fowler’s help, but he strug­gled on the mound as the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the New York Mets 6-4 on Sun­day.

“My frus­tra­tion’s pretty high right now,” Syn­der­gaard said. “It would have been a great win to­day, but I let the team down.”

Syn­der­gaard (1-2) al­lowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits in five in­nings, but his most mem­o­rable play came while bat­ting in the fourth. He hit a deep fly­ball to cen­ter that Fowler leaped for on the warn­ing track even though it was well be­low the fence. The ball de­flected off Fowler’s glove and over the wall for Syn­der­gaard’s fifth ca­reer homer and first since Aug. 16, 2016, at Ari­zona.

It was one of four homers on the day for the Mets, but that wasn’t enough for Syn­der­gaard, who has al­lowed at least five runs in his last two starts af­ter not hav­ing given up five in a game since April 30, 2017, at Wash­ing­ton.

“He got mad at me when I took him out, which is great. It’s not like he’s shy­ing away,” Mets man­ager Mickey Call­away said. “He wants to go out there and com­pete and guys have bad stretches. This is prob­a­bly the worst stretch he’s had in his ma­jor-league ca­reer when he’s been healthy, so he’ll bounce back from it.”

Dakota Hud­son (1-1) al­lowed three runs on five hits in five in­nings, striking out five, for his first ca­reer vic­tory as a starter. He went 4-1 in 26 ap­pear­ances, all in re­lief, as a rookie last sea­son.

“It’s big, get­ting my con­fi­dence go­ing a lit­tle bit, get­ting ev­ery­thing kind of to­gether,” Hud­son said. “But now I can say, hey, I’m a starter, I’ve got­ten a win as a starter and kind of got­ten my feet un­der me a lit­tle bit.”

Jor­dan Hicks pitched a score­less ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

Robin­son Cano home­red for the Mets but left in the sev­enth af­ter he was hit in the right hand by a pitch from An­drew Miller. Third-base um­pire Paul Em­mel ruled that Cano swung be­fore the ball hit his hand and called the

pitch a strike.

“He started his swing,” Em­mel told a pool re­porter. “Pitch hit his hands, fol­lowed through with his swing, the ball ac­tu­ally went into fair ter­ri­tory. Bruce (Dreck­man), the home-plate um­pire, didn’t see the end of the swing so he called a hit bats­man and was giv­ing him first base. Dur­ing the in­jury, then Bruce and I com­mu­ni­cated which we’re sup­posed to do. So ap­peal on the check swing, so he went through with his swing.”

Call­away was ejected for ar­gu­ing the call. The ejec­tion was the third of his ca­reer. X-rays on Cano’s

hand were neg­a­tive.

“I was shocked, to be hon­est,” Call­away said about the call. “I was try­ing to fig­ure out what we’re go­ing to do the rest of the game, who’s go­ing to pinch run for Robby, and they mo­sey on down and say that he swung.”

Pete Alonso and Michael Con­forto also home­red for New York, which lost two of three at St. Louis.

Kolten Wong’s RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond tied the game at 1-1, and he ad­vanced to sec­ond af­ter Bran­don Nimmo’s throw to the plate wasn’t cut off. Hud­son reached on an er­ror to load the bases, and Gold­schmidt sin­gled two bat­ters later to make it 3-1.

The Car­di­nals went ahead

5-1 on Molina’s RBI ground­out and Fowler’s run-scoring dou­ble in the fourth.

“It’s a good of­fense,” Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Shildt said. “Syn­der­gaard made some re­ally tough pitches first in­ning, and we didn’t get side­ways about it, kept the ap­proach, had a great ap­proach. Guys were re­ally locked in and stayed to the mid­dle of the field with a cou­ple big two-out hits.”

SYRA­CUSE SHUT­TLE

The Mets re­called LHP Daniel Zamora and op­tioned Satur­day’s starter, RHP Chris Flexen, to Triple-A Syra­cuse. Zamora went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in 16 ap­pear­ances last sea­son.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: INF Todd Fra­zier (left oblique strain) went 0 for 2 in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ap­pear­ance at Syra­cuse and may be ac­ti­vated be­fore Mon­day’s game against Philadel­phia.

Car­di­nals: RHP Car­los Mar­tinez (right shoul­der cuff strain) will prob­a­bly throw a side ses­sion Mon­day be­fore head­ing to ex­tended spring train­ing, Shildt said.

UP NEXT

Mets: LHP Steven Matz (1-1, 4.96 ERA) starts against the Philadel­phia Phillies on Mon­day as New York be­gins a 10game home­s­tand. Matz al­lowed eight runs without record­ing an out in his pre­vi­ous start, at Philadel­phia on April 16.

Jeff Rober­son / As­so­ci­ated Press

Right, St. Louis Car­di­nals right fielder Jose Mar­tinez reaches out to catch a fly ball by New York Mets’ Travis d’Ar­naud to end the top of the eighth in­ning on Sun­day in St. Louis.

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