Syn­der­gaard, Fra­zier lead Mets to win

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NEW YORK — With four wins in five days, the New York Mets are rid­ing some mo­men­tum into the Sub­way Se­ries.

Noah Syn­der­gaard al­lowed one hit over seven shutout innings, Todd Fra­zier home­red and drove in four runs, and the Mets beat the Colorado Rock­ies 6-1 on Sun­day for their 13th vic­tory in 16 home games.

Next stop, a trip to the Bronx for the first two matchups this sea­son with the crosstown-ri­val New York Yan­kees.

“I’m stoked for it,” rookie slug­ger Pete Alonso said.

Nolan Are­nado grounded a lead­off sin­gle through the right side in the sec­ond for Colorado’s only hit un­til David Dahl dou­bled home a run with two outs in the ninth. Sec­ond base­man Adeiny Hechavar­ria ranged to his left and de­flected Are­nado’s grounder as he tried to make a slid­ing play, but was un­able to come up with the ball.

That was all the Rock­ies mus­tered against Syn­der­gaard (4-4).

“He was on. Fast­ball is 98, 99 with move­ment. We were late on that and then we try to kind of cheat to it or get to it and he throws the changeup or the curve­ball,” Dahl said. “He had ev­ery­thing work­ing.”

And he was pitch­ing with a lead.

Fra­zier hit a three-run homer to left field in the first in­ning, toss­ing his lum­ber aside for flair.

“Yeah, that was one of those that you don’t feel off the bat. One of those nodoubters,” he said. “I was ex­cited.”

New York has home­red in 16 straight home games, set­ting a club record.

Fra­zier added an RBI dou­ble in the fifth off Jeff

Hoff­man (1-3).

“It’s hard to put a num­ber on how valu­able he is to this team,” Syn­der­gaard said of Fra­zier. “Just from a tal­ent per­spec­tive to a lead­er­ship per­spec­tive, the en­ergy that he brings dayin and day-out. It’s re­ally a bless­ing to be his team­mate.”

Car­los Gomez had a two-out RBI sin­gle in the fourth af­ter Hechavar­ria swiped sec­ond, one of a sea­son-best three stolen bases by the Mets — equal­ing their to­tal from the pre­vi­ous 15 games.

J.D. Davis chased Hoff­man with his first ca­reer triple in the fifth, knock­ing in a run with a drive that eluded a div­ing Dahl in cen­ter field fol­low­ing a poor route.

Mak­ing his 100th ma­jor­league start, Syn­der­gaard struck out seven and

walked two for his first win in five starts since May 14.

“He was on cruise con­trol ever since the first in­ning,” Fra­zier said.

Up and down dur­ing a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son, Syn­der­gaard was com­ing off three con­sec­u­tive node­ci­sions. But he was fi­nally at his fear­some best Sun­day.

“He dom­i­nated,” Davis said. “It was pretty cool to watch.”

Syn­der­gaard cred­ited sec­ond-string catcher To­mas Nido and a me­chan­i­cal tweak that made his four-seam fast­ball more de­cep­tive.

“This is an en­cour­ag­ing out­ing, be­cause that’s a re­ally good team over there,” the right-han­der said.

Mets man­ager Mickey Call­away said Syn­der­gaard was tired af­ter throw­ing 98 pitches be­cause he kept hus­tling to cover first base on grounders

to the right side.

“Yeah, I got my sprints in to­day,” the pitcher said.

Jeurys Fa­milia and Hec­tor San­ti­ago fin­ished a two-hit­ter that took a tidy 2 hours, 32 min­utes. New York won two of three against the Rock­ies to com­plete a 4-2 home­s­tand.

Colorado won 10 of 12 be­fore drop­ping the fi­nal two games of the se­ries.

“This one’s on me. I didn’t get off to a great start,” said Hoff­man, who grew up in Latham, New York, and had about 15 fam­ily mem­bers and friends in at­ten­dance. “Maybe if I throw up a zero in that first in­ning, things are dif­fer­ent. But I started slow and maybe some of that rubbed off on the of­fense.”

KINGS IN QUEENS

New York (32-33) has won five straight home se­ries and is 19-11 at Citi Field.

UP NEXT

Rock­ies: RHP Ger­man Mar­quez (6-3, 4.07 ERA) pitches Mon­day night at home against RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 4.88) and the Chicago Cubs. Mar­quez was tagged by the Cubs for eight runs and seven hits over 51⁄3 innings in a 9-8 loss Wed­nes­day at Wrigley Field. Colorado has won 10 of his 14 starts this sea­son and 13 of his past 16 at Coors Field since June 2018.

Mets: LHP Ja­son Var­gas (2-3, 3.57 ERA) starts the Sub­way Se­ries opener Mon­day night in the Bronx against Yan­kees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (3-5, 3.42). Var­gas pitched his first shutout in two years Wed­nes­day against San Fran­cisco. He struck out a sea­son-high eight and threw

117 pitches — his most in five years. The 36-year-old Var­gas has a 1.85 ERA in his last seven starts, but he’s 0-7 with a 6.84 ERA against the Yan­kees.

Kathy Willens / As­so­ci­ated Press

The Mets’ Todd Fra­zier hits an RBI dou­ble in the fifth in­ning against the Rock­ies on Sun­day in New York.

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