Alcantara pitches 2-hitter, Miami beats reeling Mets 3-0

MIAMI (AP) The New York Mets aren't hitting, and another lapse by slugger Robinson Cano raised questions about how hard they're trying.

None of which helps the shaky job security of manager Mickey Callaway.

Sandy Alcantara needed just 89 pitches to throw a two-hitter in a duel with Noah Syndergaard , and the lowly Miami Marlins beat the reeling Mets 3-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

A day after being shut out on one hit, the Mets dropped their fifth in row. And for the second time in three games, Cano failed to run hard after hitting a groundball.

The latest unsightly defeat against a team with the worst record in the majors is sure to intensify speculation about Callaway's status as the team returns to New York. The Mets (20-25) have their longest losing streak of the year and are a season-worst five games under .500.

''I understand that everybody is disappointed - the fans, the ownership, myself, the team - because this is not who we are,'' Callaway said.

Callaway again found himself defending Cano, who failed to run when he hit a grounder that bounced off the dirt behind home plate and rolled a few feet fair. Cano stood at the plate questioning the call while the Marlins completed a 2-6-3 double play.

''I saw the ball hit and it didn't even hit the plate, it hit behind the plate,'' Cano said. ''I thought it was a foul ball.''

On Friday, Cano jogged to first when he grounded into an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play, and later told Callaway he thought there were two out.

''Things are piling up on Robbie right now,'' Callaway said when asked about Cano's latest bad look. ''Come one, let's face it - the ball lands foul and spins into fair territory. He saw it hit foul, and by the time he looked back up the ball had spun into fair territory and the play was over. Stuff happens like that when things are going bad.''

Syndergaard (3-4) allowed two runs in seven innings, and afterward defended Callaway, who is in his second year as manager.

''I respect the hell out of Mickey,'' Syndergaard said. ''It's kind of bull what's going on right now with the speculation that there could be a change, because we're still early in the season and just one small step from putting this all together. It's certainly not on him.''

Part of the Mets' problem was Alcantara (2-4), who struck out eight, walked one and retired the last six batters for the Marlins' first complete game shutout since Edinson Volquez tossed a no-hitter against Arizona in June 2017. It was the first complete game for Alcantara, a 23-year-old righty acquired from St. Louis in a trade for Marcell Ozuna before last season.

''I felt great,'' Alcantara said. ''I felt like a superstar about my complete game.''

He also had a bunt single to set up the first run, and made a nifty behind-the-back grab of J.D. Davis' one-hopper in the first inning.

The Marlins (13-31), who came into the series with a seven-game losing streak, have their first three-game winning streak of the season. Their bandwagon is growing - the crowd of 15,983 was the biggest at Marlins Park since opening day.

Miami became the first team to hold its opponent to three hits or less in consecutive shutouts since Philadelphia limited Atlanta to three hits on Sept. 1-2, 2014.

The Marlins won with six hits. Curtis Granderson hit his fifth homer for their final run in the eighth.

MATCHUP

Alcantara has made five of his 15 career starts against the Mets, and has an ERA of 2.14 with a 2-2 record.

PACE OF PLAY

The game took 1:59 to play. The first 19 batters went down in order, and the first three innings took only 31 minutes.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LHP Luis Avilan (left elbow) is expected to begin playing catch soon.

Marlins: C Jorge Alfaro (left calf strain) might return to the lineup Tuesday. ... INF-OF Jon Berti (strained left oblique) was scratched from the lineup and is day to day.

UP NEXT

Mets: They begin a four-game series against Washington at home Monday with the starting pitcher to be announced.

Marlins: Following an off day, LHP Caleb Smith (3-1, 2.25) is scheduled to start Tuesday when Miami begins a seven-game trip in Detroit. Opponents are batting .180 against him, which ranks second among National League starters.

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  • W: S. Alcantara (2-4)L: N. Syndergaard (3-4)
  • HR: MIA - C. Granderson (5)
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J. Davis 3B30200000.287.357.455.8132.0
R. Cano 2B30000002.245.293.374.6670.0
P. Alonso 1B20000110.258.341.577.9170.5
B. Nimmo RF30000011.200.344.323.667-0.5
A. Hechavarria SS30000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
J. Lagares CF20000010.215.287.316.604-0.5
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T. Nido C20000010.185.185.333.519-0.5
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N. Syndergaard P20000020.136.208.409.617-1.0
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c- W. Ramos PH10000000.238.306.315.6210.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Lagares in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Nido in the 9th
  • c-popped out for Lugo in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF41111011.179.269.368.6365.5
G. Cooper RF30000010.148.281.148.4290.5
B. Anderson 3B40000001.227.310.307.6170.0
N. Walker 1B31200000.293.374.431.8054.0
S. Castro 2B30000002.225.269.290.5590.0
M. Rojas SS10010100.237.299.281.5792.0
C. Wallach C30100001.233.327.326.6521.0
R. Herrera CF31100011.198.270.247.5172.5
S. Alcantara P30100020.214.214.286.5000.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Walker (7), R. Herrera (4)
    • HR - C. Granderson (5)
    • SF - M. Rojas (2)
    • RBI - C. Granderson (12), M. Rojas (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Anderson, C. Wallach, R. Herrera
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Syndergaard-Cano-Alonso; Cano-Hechavarria-Alonso)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Wallach-Rojas-Walker; Castro-Rojas-Walker; Rojas-Walker)
    • E - S. Alcantara (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Syndergaard (L, 3-4)7.05221304.501.1912.5
    S. Lugo1.01110213.121.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Syndergaard (L, 3-4)7.0
    S. Lugo1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Alcantara (W, 2-4)9.02001804.251.4238.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Alcantara (W, 2-4)9.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Syndergaard (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 82-53, S. Lugo 22-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 8-8
    • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 26, S. Lugo 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 89-55
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 9-8
    • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 28
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    J. McNeil LF40000000.342.430.471.9010.0
    J. Davis 3B30200000.287.357.455.8132.0
    R. Cano 2B30000002.245.293.374.6670.0
    P. Alonso 1B20000110.258.341.577.9170.5
    B. Nimmo RF30000011.200.344.323.667-0.5
    A. Hechavarria SS30000011.133.133.133.267-0.5
    J. Lagares CF20000010.215.287.316.604-0.5
    a- D. Smith PH10000002.289.413.421.8340.0
    C. Gomez CF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    T. Nido C20000010.185.185.333.519-0.5
    b- A. Rosario PH10000010.264.306.393.699-0.5
    N. Syndergaard P20000020.136.208.409.617-1.0
    S. Lugo P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    c- W. Ramos PH10000000.238.306.315.6210.0
    Total270200186-----
    • a-grounded into a double play for Lagares in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Nido in the 9th
    • c-popped out for Lugo in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF41111011.179.269.368.6365.5
    G. Cooper RF30000010.148.281.148.4290.5
    B. Anderson 3B40000001.227.310.307.6170.0
    N. Walker 1B31200000.293.374.431.8054.0
    S. Castro 2B30000002.225.269.290.5590.0
    M. Rojas SS10010100.237.299.281.5792.0
    C. Wallach C30100001.233.327.326.6521.0
    R. Herrera CF31100011.198.270.247.5172.5
    S. Alcantara P30100020.214.214.286.5000.0
    Total273621156-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Walker (7), R. Herrera (4)
      • HR - C. Granderson (5)
      • SF - M. Rojas (2)
      • RBI - C. Granderson (12), M. Rojas (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Anderson, C. Wallach, R. Herrera
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Syndergaard-Cano-Alonso; Cano-Hechavarria-Alonso)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Wallach-Rojas-Walker; Castro-Rojas-Walker; Rojas-Walker)
      • E - S. Alcantara (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Syndergaard (L, 3-4)7.05221304.501.1912.5
      S. Lugo1.01110213.121.002.0
      Total8.0633151---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Syndergaard (L, 3-4)7.0
      S. Lugo1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Alcantara (W, 2-4)9.02001804.251.4238.0
      Total9.0200180---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Alcantara (W, 2-4)9.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Syndergaard (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 82-53, S. Lugo 22-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 8-8
      • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 26, S. Lugo 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 89-55
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 9-8
      • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 28
      • 8TH INNING
        Granderson homered to right03
      • 7TH INNING
        Rojas hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored02
      • 6TH INNING
        Granderson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrera scored, Alcantara out at second01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Amed Rosario hit for Tomas Nido
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario popped out to first
        • Wilson Ramos hit for Carlos Gomez
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking
        • J. McNeil: In play
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Hechavarria reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Alonso to second on pitcher Alcantara throwing error
        • Dominic Smith hit for Juan Lagares
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Smith grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hechavarria out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Seth Lugo pitching
        • Carlos Gomez in center field
        • S. Alcantara: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Granderson homered to right
        • G. Cooper: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Anderson lined out to center
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: McNeil popped out to shortstop
        • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis singled to right
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker doubled to deep right center
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro grounded out to shortstop, Walker to third
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas hit sacrifice fly to center, Walker scored
        • C. Wallach: Wallach singled to right
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Herrera flied out to center
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • T. Nido: Ball, Nido popped out to second
        • N. Syndergaard: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera doubled to right center
        • S. Alcantara: Alcantara reached on bunt single to shortstop, Herrera to third
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Granderson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Herrera scored, Alcantara out at second
        • G. Cooper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Cooper hit by pitch
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Anderson fouled out to right
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Hechavarria fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker singled to center
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Castro grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Walker out at second
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
        • C. Wallach: Wallach reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil lined out to right
        • J. Davis: Davis singled to left
        • R. Cano: Cano grounded into double play catcher to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
        • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cooper grounded out to second
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson flied out to deep right
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lagares grounded out to pitcher
        • T. Nido: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • N. Syndergaard: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Wallach flied out to right
        • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Herrera struck out looking
        • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso lined out to third
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Nimmo grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker grounded out to third
        • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to second
        • M. Rojas: Rojas flied out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Alcantara Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Foul, McNeil grounded out to second
        • J. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to pitcher
        • R. Cano: Ball, Cano lined out to left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson popped out to third
        • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Cooper grounded out to second
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)