Syndergaard wins in return from DL as Mets top Nationals 4-2

NEW YORK (AP) Noah Syndergaard was back on the mound for the New York Mets and made it clear he wants to stay.

With his name bandied about in trade talk ahead of the July 31 deadline, Syndergaard pitched out of trouble during a rusty return from the disabled list and helped himself with an RBI single as New York beat the Washington Nationals 4-2 on Friday night.

''If they wanted to trade me tomorrow, I really have no say in what they do,'' Syndergaard said. ''I can't say it enough - love my time being a New York Met. I love the city, I love embracing it, I think they've embraced me.

''I said last year I wanted to be a Met my entire career. But like I said, that's outside of my control.''

Amed Rosario tripled and doubled, both times over Bryce Harper's head in center field, and the Mets won for only the sixth time in their last 26 home games. Brandon Nimmo had three hits for New York, which built a three-run cushion in the first inning against struggling starter Tanner Roark.

Matt Adams homered for the inconsistent Nationals, who went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and fell back to .500 at 47-47.

After missing seven weeks with a strained ligament in his right index finger, Syndergaard (5-1) came out firing 99 mph fastballs. But he gave up seven hits in five innings and never retired the leadoff batter.

Still, the 2016 All-Star held the Nationals to one run while striking out three and walking two.

''I thought he was really good,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''He did a tremendous job.''

Wilmer Difo made things easier on New York by running into the first out of the third inning at third base. Syndergaard then retired Anthony Rendon and struck out Harper with two on to limit damage.

''I felt pretty good,'' Syndergaard said. ''A step in the right direction. It's encouraging. I came out of it healthy and that's all that matters.''

Difo had doubled to drive in Roark, who opened the inning with the first triple by a Washington pitcher since Joel Hanrahan in 2007.

Syndergaard also got Harper to ground into an inning-ending double play with two aboard in the fifth. Perhaps frustrated after hitting the ball hard right to Rosario at shortstop, Harper didn't hustle down the line.

''That's a conversation that Bryce and I will have tomorrow. Yeah, he didn't run that ball out the way I want him to,'' Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. ''Look, I've got no beef with Bryce. I mean, Bryce comes every day to play.''

Syndergaard, making his first major league start since May 25, was pulled after 75 pitches. The right-hander threw 71 in a rehab outing Sunday for Class A Brooklyn.

''It felt great getting back out there today in a competition setting and on a big league mound,'' he said. ''It's a funny thing with fingers. Kind of need those, pretty important to pitch. I'm just happy to be back out there and healthy.''

Seth Lugo overcame a wild start to his relief outing and worked two hitless innings. Robert Gsellman gave up Adams' second-deck shot in the eighth but got six outs for his fourth save.

Roark (3-12) settled in after a rough start but allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. He and Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb are tied for the most losses in the majors.

Roark has lost his last five starts and is 0-6 since beating Tampa Bay on June 6. Washington has dropped his past seven starts and nine of the last 10.

''Keep going, keep plugging away, keep fighting and scratching - whatever it takes,'' said Roark, who gave up singles to his first three batters. ''We battled today. Tough loss.''

Jose Bautista and Devin Mesoraco each had an RBI single in the first, sandwiched around Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly. Rosario tripled off the center-field wall to open the second and scored when a smiling Syndergaard lined a single to right field.

''I think I surprised myself a little bit,'' Syndergaard said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Koda Glover is scheduled to pitch Saturday for Class A Potomac after his rehab assignment was moved up from the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The reliever has been sidelined all season by right shoulder tendinitis and will probably require eight or nine appearances before he's ready to come off the disabled list, Martinez said.

Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip flexor) ran the bases at the team's complex in Florida and was scheduled to do so again Friday, according to Callaway. ''He came out of it really good. He feels good and is progressing,'' Callaway said. Cespedes has been out since mid-May. ... LHP Jason Vargas (strained right calf) is set to make another rehab start for Brooklyn on Saturday.

ROSTER MOVE

To open a spot for Syndergaard, the Mets optioned LHP P.J. Conlon to Triple-A Las Vegas.

UP NEXT

Nationals RHP Austin Voth makes his major league debut Saturday against Zack Wheeler (2-6, 4.42 ERA) and the Mets. The 26-year-old Voth, a fifth-round draft pick in 2013 out of Washington, was 4-5 with a 3.55 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse. Wheeler, pitching in some poor luck, is 0-5 over 13 outings since his last win April 29 at San Diego. That's the longest stretch without a win for a Mets starter since 1998. The right-hander is 2-8 in 11 career starts against Washington, including 0-6 with a 5.71 ERA in six games at home.

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  • W: N. Syndergaard (5-1)L: T. Roark (3-12)S: R. Gsellman (4)
  • HR: WAS - M. Adams (14)
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B. Harper CF40100013.214.366.471.8360.5
M. Adams 1B21111211.284.361.557.9187.5
D. Murphy 2B20000201.250.309.333.6422.0
M. Wieters C40000015.213.315.338.653-0.5
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  • a-lined out for Roark in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Kelley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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A. Cabrera 2B31100211.283.333.496.8293.5
J. Bautista 3B-RF40110015.219.365.426.7901.5
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W. Flores 1B30110001.268.320.463.7842.0
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J. Reyes 3B20000011.162.243.223.466-0.5
  • a-struck out for Lugo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo (9)
  • 3B - T. Roark
  • HR - M. Adams (14)
  • SH - T. Roark (3)
  • RBI - M. Adams (37), W. Difo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (16)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (5)
  • SF - W. Flores (5)
  • RBI - J. Bautista (26), W. Flores (30), D. Mesoraco (22), N. Syndergaard (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Eaton (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Cabrera; Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 3-12)5.08442504.871.40-1.5
J. Miller1.01001203.581.122.0
M. Grace1.01000202.881.023.0
S. Kelley1.01000202.540.853.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 3-12)5.0
J. Miller1.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard (W, 5-1)5.07112302.971.2213.5
S. Lugo (H, 6)2.00002302.651.105.5
R. Gsellman (S, 4)2.01110014.311.2911.0
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard (W, 5-1)5.0
S. Lugo (H, 6)2.0
R. Gsellman (S, 4)2.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 87-58, J. Miller 25-12, M. Grace 13-10, S. Kelley 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 6-4, M. Grace 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Miller 5, M. Grace 4, S. Kelley 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 75-49, S. Lugo 36-21, R. Gsellman 26-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 4-6, S. Lugo 2-1, R. Gsellman 2-4
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 22, S. Lugo 8, R. Gsellman 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Rendon 3B40100003.284.348.530.8781.0
B. Harper CF40100013.214.366.471.8360.5
M. Adams 1B21111211.284.361.557.9187.5
D. Murphy 2B20000201.250.309.333.6422.0
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  • a-lined out for Roark in the 6th
  • b-flied out for Kelley in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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W. Flores 1B30110001.268.320.463.7842.0
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S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
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R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
A. Rosario SS41200001.249.294.386.6808.0
N. Syndergaard P20110010.125.120.208.3281.5
J. Reyes 3B20000011.162.243.223.466-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Lugo in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - W. Difo (9)
  • 3B - T. Roark
  • HR - M. Adams (14)
  • SH - T. Roark (3)
  • RBI - M. Adams (37), W. Difo (24)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Rosario (16)
  • 3B - A. Rosario (5)
  • SF - W. Flores (5)
  • RBI - J. Bautista (26), W. Flores (30), D. Mesoraco (22), N. Syndergaard (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Mesoraco (7)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Eaton (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Rosario (6)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Cabrera; Rosario-Cabrera-Flores)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Roark (L, 3-12)5.08442504.871.40-1.5
J. Miller1.01001203.581.122.0
M. Grace1.01000202.881.023.0
S. Kelley1.01000202.540.853.0
Total8.011443110---
PITCHERSIP
T. Roark (L, 3-12)5.0
J. Miller1.0
M. Grace1.0
S. Kelley1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
N. Syndergaard (W, 5-1)5.07112302.971.2213.5
S. Lugo (H, 6)2.00002302.651.105.5
R. Gsellman (S, 4)2.01110014.311.2911.0
Total9.0822461---
PITCHERSIP
N. Syndergaard (W, 5-1)5.0
S. Lugo (H, 6)2.0
R. Gsellman (S, 4)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Roark 87-58, J. Miller 25-12, M. Grace 13-10, S. Kelley 21-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Roark 6-4, M. Grace 1-0
  • Batters Faced - T. Roark 25, J. Miller 5, M. Grace 4, S. Kelley 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 75-49, S. Lugo 36-21, R. Gsellman 26-18
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 4-6, S. Lugo 2-1, R. Gsellman 2-4
  • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 22, S. Lugo 8, R. Gsellman 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Adams homered to right24
  • 3RD INNING
    Difo doubled to deep right, Roark scored14
  • 2ND INNING
    Syndergaard singled to right, Rosario scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Mesoraco singled to right center, Conforto scored03
    Flores hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored, Conforto to second02
    Bautista singled to left, Nimmo scored, Cabrera to second01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Trea Turner hit for Shawn Kelley
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Turner flied out to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Difo flied out to right
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Eaton lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • B. Harper: Strike swinging, Harper grounded out to first
    • M. Adams: Ball, Adams homered to right
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Murphy grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Wieters lined out to right
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Shawn Kelley relieved Matt Grace
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario flied out to deep center
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nimmo singled to center
    • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Eaton struck out looking
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Rendon grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Grace relieved Justin Miller
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto singled to left
    • W. Flores: Flores grounded out to shortstop, Conforto to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Mesoraco struck out swinging
    • Ty Kelly hit for Seth Lugo
    • T. Kelly: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kelly struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Jose Reyes at third base
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adams walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked, Adams to second
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Wieters struck out swinging
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Tanner Roark
    • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Goodwin lined out to left
    • W. Difo: Ball, Strike swinging, Difo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Miller pitching
    • A. Rosario: Rosario doubled to deep center
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reyes flied out to center
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Rosario stole third, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
    • J. Bautista: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bautista struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Eaton singled to center
    • J. Soto: Ball, Soto fouled out to left
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rendon singled to left center, Eaton to second
    • B. Harper: Harper grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Rendon out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Flores reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Conforto out at second
    • D. Mesoraco: Foul, Foul, Mesoraco reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Flores out at second
    • M. den Dekker: den Dekker flied out to left
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • M. Adams: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adams walked
    • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked, Adams to second
    • M. Wieters: Wieters flied out to left
    • T. Roark: Ball, Roark hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Adams to third, Murphy to second
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo flied out to left
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • N. Syndergaard: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Syndergaard struck out looking
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nimmo singled to center
    • A. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher, Nimmo to second
    • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bautista grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • T. Roark: Strike looking, Roark tripled to right
    • W. Difo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Difo doubled to deep right, Roark scored
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Eaton reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Difo out at third
    • J. Soto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soto singled to right, Eaton to second
    • A. Rendon: Rendon popped out to shortstop
    • B. Harper: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Harper struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Flores singled to left
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco flied out to center
    • M. den Dekker: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, den Dekker struck out looking
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • B. Harper: Strike (foul tip), Harper reached on an infield single to third
    • M. Adams: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • D. Murphy: Foul, Foul, Murphy flied out to left
    • M. Wieters: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Wieters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario tripled to deep center
    • N. Syndergaard: Syndergaard singled to right, Rosario scored
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked, Syndergaard to second
    • J. Bautista: Bautista popped out to first
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton singled to right
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Eaton stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Strike looking, Rendon lined into double play second, Eaton out at second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Roark Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nimmo singled to right
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Cabrera singled to center, Nimmo to third
    • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista singled to left, Nimmo scored, Cabrera to second
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto reached on fielder's choice to second, Cabrera to third, Bautista out at second
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored, Conforto to second
    • D. Mesoraco: Mesoraco singled to right center, Conforto scored
    • M. den Dekker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, den Dekker struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)