Syndergaard helps Mets cool off Red Sox 8-0

BOSTON (AP) Noah Syndergaard was still wearing a plastic bib from a local seafood chain when he spoke to reporters after shutting down the Red Sox in his first-ever appearance at Fenway Park.

For the Mets, it was a feast all around.

Syndergaard pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and New York hit four homers on Friday night to cool off the Red Sox 8-0 and snap Boston's four-game winning streak. The Mets right-hander struck out six and walked three to lead the Mets to their fourth straight victory and sixth win in their last seven games.

''That was just a fun ballgame on all fronts,'' Syndergaard (12-3) said. ''The offense really came alive. The defense made some great plays behind me.''

The Red Sox, who lead the majors with 101 victories, had their lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East reduced to 9 1/2 games. The only team in baseball to have already secured a playoff berth, Boston's magic number to clinch its third straight division title remained at six.

The Mets (69-78) are technically still alive in the NL East but could be eliminated as early as this weekend despite winning 25 of their last 40 games. A lot of the credit for the goes to Syndergaard, who has won 10 of his last 12 decisions, and Cy Young contender Jacob deGrom, who hasn't allowed more than three runs in 26 straight starts.

''You go through ups and downs, but overall it's been a pretty good rotation this season,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''It's good that they're finishing strong.''

Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the third, Austin Jackson hit a two-run shot in the eighth, and Jeff McNeil and Amed Rosario had solo shots for New York. McNeil and Brandon Nimmo made diving catches in the outfield, and Syndergaard won a footrace covering first base in the third inning to end Boston's only real threat.

Ian Kinsler singled and stole second, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked and they pulled off an uncontested double steal - the only time in the game a Red Sox runner reached third base. Andrew Benintendi hit a grounder to second, and Syndergaard barely beat him to the bag as dove head-first.

The Mets starter also picked Kinsler off first in the seventh.

''He's got great stuff,'' Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez said. ''He throws hard. He's not just a chucker. He knows where the ball is going. He puts the ball where he wants it.''

Bruce also had a run-scoring double in the first against Red Sox emergency starter William Cuevas, who was making his first major league start because Hector Velazquez got sick. Cuevas (0-1) allowed back-to-back doubles to Michael Conforto and Bruce in the first, and then left after giving up Rosario's leadoff single in the third.

Robby Scott hit Conforto with one out and then gave up Bruce's homer to right. McNeil made it 5-0 in the fourth and Jackson cleared the Green Monster and the billboards above it to give the Mets a 7-0 lead. One out later, Rosario also put one over the left-field wall to make it 8-0 and chase Tyler Thornburg.

RATS!

The Mets had an unwelcome visitor to their dugout in the fourth inning: a rat that sent the players scurrying away. No word on whether it was the same one that spooked the Red Sox in their dugout on Tuesday night. They paid tribute to their guest with a (presumably fake) rat skeleton on their dugout railing.

FAN SUPPORT

A healthy contingent of Mets fans helped boost the crowd of 37,117, Boston's 40th sellout of the year. They cheered the visiting team's homers, but both sides seemed united when the crowd broke out in a couple of ''Yankees Suck!'' chants.

''It was awesome, just the overall atmosphere, the history,'' said Syndergaard, who visited the Green Monster scoreboard before the game. ''It's like pitching in a cathedral.''

LATE SCRATCH

The Red Sox announced about four hours before the game that Velazquez was ill. Cuevas, who made 23 starts in Triple-A this year but had come out of the bullpen in all eight of his big-league appearances, allowed two runs on three hits in two-plus innings, walking one and striking out four.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Matt Barnes (left hip inflammation) threw off a mound for the first time since his injury. He last pitched Sept. 3. ... Infielder Eduardo Nunez got the first of two scheduled games off, a day after an awkward stumble trying to beat a throw at first base.

UP NEXT

The teams play the second game of the series at 4 p.m. Saturday. RHP Rick Porcello (16-7) is scheduled to start for Boston against RHP Corey Oswalt (3-2).

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NYM69-78
103100030890
BOS101-47
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  • W: N. Syndergaard (12-3)L: W. Cuevas (0-1)
  • HR: NYM - A. Jackson (3), J. Bruce (8), A. Rosario (9), J. McNeil (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS52211000.259.299.395.6948.0
J. McNeil 2B51211011.337.392.500.8926.5
M. Conforto LF32100101.239.344.434.7786.0
J. Reinheimer LF00000000.167.259.167.4260.0
J. Bruce 1B51241011.224.304.379.68210.5
T. Frazier 3B30100211.226.307.419.7262.5
B. Nimmo RF31000123.266.392.491.8834.0
D. Smith DH30000112.214.250.427.6770.5
A. Jackson CF41121013.257.314.342.6566.5
T. Nido C40000030.178.208.260.468-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100003.339.431.6241.0551.0
    A. Benintendi LF30000002.287.365.470.8350.0
    a- S. Pearce PH-LF10000001.288.379.527.9060.0
    M. Moreland 1B30000010.248.322.443.766-0.5
    b- S. Travis PH-1B10000011.150.227.200.427-0.5
    J. Martinez DH20100100.331.402.6331.0352.0
    c- B. Phillips PH-DH10000010.143.333.571.905-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS30000012.289.360.521.881-0.5
    T. Lin SS10000000.191.269.234.5030.0
    R. Devers 3B40000011.236.293.416.709-0.5
    I. Kinsler 2B30200010.250.308.397.7055.5
    J. Bradley CF20000110.231.311.400.7102.5
    B. Swihart C20000112.221.278.294.5730.5
    • a-popped out for Benintendi in the 8th
    • b-struck out for Moreland in the 8th
    • c-struck out for Martinez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Conforto (20), J. Bruce (16)
    • HR - A. Rosario (9), J. McNeil (3), J. Bruce (8), A. Jackson (3)
    • RBI - A. Rosario (47), J. McNeil (17), J. Bruce 4 (31), A. Jackson 2 (30)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (20), J. McNeil (11), J. Bruce (17)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, T. Frazier, B. Nimmo 2 (2), D. Smith
    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi 2 (2), S. Travis, X. Bogaerts, R. Devers
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - B. Nimmo (9)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - I. Kinsler 2 (15), J. Bradley (15)
    • Picked Off - I. Kinsler
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Kinsler-Moreland)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Syndergaard (W, 12-3)7.03003603.261.2628.0
    J. Blevins1.01000103.461.232.5
    T. Bashlor1.00000104.611.213.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Syndergaard (W, 12-3)7.0
    J. Blevins1.0
    T. Bashlor1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Cuevas (L, 0-1)2.03221404.821.71-3.0
    R. Scott0.112220113.502.25-5.0
    B. Johnson4.22111414.241.4310.0
    T. Thornburg0.22331025.631.58-6.0
    D. Pomeranz1.11000206.061.763.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Cuevas (L, 0-1)2.0
    R. Scott0.1
    B. Johnson4.2
    T. Thornburg0.2
    D. Pomeranz1.1
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Blevins
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 104-64, J. Blevins 14-9, T. Bashlor 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 7-7, T. Bashlor 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 26, J. Blevins 4, T. Bashlor 3
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Scott 2 (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Cuevas 38-29, R. Scott 25-7, B. Johnson 69-42, T. Thornburg 18-11, D. Pomeranz 20-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Cuevas 1-1, B. Johnson 4-5, T. Thornburg 1-1
    • Batters Faced - W. Cuevas 10, R. Scott 6, B. Johnson 16, T. Thornburg 5, D. Pomeranz 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    NYM69-78
    103100030890
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rosario SS52211000.259.299.395.6948.0
    J. McNeil 2B51211011.337.392.500.8926.5
    M. Conforto LF32100101.239.344.434.7786.0
    J. Reinheimer LF00000000.167.259.167.4260.0
    J. Bruce 1B51241011.224.304.379.68210.5
    T. Frazier 3B30100211.226.307.419.7262.5
    B. Nimmo RF31000123.266.392.491.8834.0
    D. Smith DH30000112.214.250.427.6770.5
    A. Jackson CF41121013.257.314.342.6566.5
    T. Nido C40000030.178.208.260.468-1.5
    Total35898451012-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40100003.339.431.6241.0551.0
      A. Benintendi LF30000002.287.365.470.8350.0
      a- S. Pearce PH-LF10000001.288.379.527.9060.0
      M. Moreland 1B30000010.248.322.443.766-0.5
      b- S. Travis PH-1B10000011.150.227.200.427-0.5
      J. Martinez DH20100100.331.402.6331.0352.0
      c- B. Phillips PH-DH10000010.143.333.571.905-0.5
      X. Bogaerts SS30000012.289.360.521.881-0.5
      T. Lin SS10000000.191.269.234.5030.0
      R. Devers 3B40000011.236.293.416.709-0.5
      I. Kinsler 2B30200010.250.308.397.7055.5
      J. Bradley CF20000110.231.311.400.7102.5
      B. Swihart C20000112.221.278.294.5730.5
      Total3004003812-----
      • a-popped out for Benintendi in the 8th
      • b-struck out for Moreland in the 8th
      • c-struck out for Martinez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Conforto (20), J. Bruce (16)
      • HR - A. Rosario (9), J. McNeil (3), J. Bruce (8), A. Jackson (3)
      • RBI - A. Rosario (47), J. McNeil (17), J. Bruce 4 (31), A. Jackson 2 (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Rosario (20), J. McNeil (11), J. Bruce (17)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, T. Frazier, B. Nimmo 2 (2), D. Smith
      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, A. Benintendi 2 (2), S. Travis, X. Bogaerts, R. Devers
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - B. Nimmo (9)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - I. Kinsler 2 (15), J. Bradley (15)
      • Picked Off - I. Kinsler
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Kinsler-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Syndergaard (W, 12-3)7.03003603.261.2628.0
      J. Blevins1.01000103.461.232.5
      T. Bashlor1.00000104.611.213.5
      Total9.0400380---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Syndergaard (W, 12-3)7.0
      J. Blevins1.0
      T. Bashlor1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Cuevas (L, 0-1)2.03221404.821.71-3.0
      R. Scott0.112220113.502.25-5.0
      B. Johnson4.22111414.241.4310.0
      T. Thornburg0.22331025.631.58-6.0
      D. Pomeranz1.11000206.061.763.0
      Total9.09885104---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Cuevas (L, 0-1)2.0
      R. Scott0.1
      B. Johnson4.2
      T. Thornburg0.2
      D. Pomeranz1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Blevins
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 104-64, J. Blevins 14-9, T. Bashlor 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 7-7, T. Bashlor 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 26, J. Blevins 4, T. Bashlor 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Scott 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Cuevas 38-29, R. Scott 25-7, B. Johnson 69-42, T. Thornburg 18-11, D. Pomeranz 20-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Cuevas 1-1, B. Johnson 4-5, T. Thornburg 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Cuevas 10, R. Scott 6, B. Johnson 16, T. Thornburg 5, D. Pomeranz 5
      • 8TH INNING
        Rosario homered to left center80
        Nido homered to left, Nimmo scored70
      • 4TH INNING
        McNeil homered to right center50
      • 3RD INNING
        Bruce homered to right, Rosario and Conforto scored40
      • 1ST INNING
        Bruce doubled to deep right, Conforto scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
        • J. Bruce: Bruce flied out to deep left
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • B. Nimmo: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Tyler Bashlor relieved Jerry Blevins
        • Jack Reinheimer in left field
        • Brandon Phillips hit for J.D. Martinez
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • T. Lin: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lin lined out to right
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to second
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tyler Thornburg relieved Brian Johnson
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
        • D. Smith: Smith flied out to center
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nimmo stole second, Foul, Nido homered to left, Nimmo scored
        • T. Nido: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nido grounded out to third
        • A. Rosario: Foul, Rosario homered to left center
        • Drew Pomeranz relieved Tyler Thornburg
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, McNeil singled to left
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jerry Blevins relieved Noah Syndergaard
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart popped out to second
        • M. Betts: Betts singled to right
        • Steve Pearce hit for Andrew Benintendi
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pearce popped out to first
        • Sam Travis hit for Mitch Moreland
        • S. Travis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Betts to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Travis struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, McNeil flied out to deep left
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Bruce flied out to center
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Frazier grounded into fielder's choice to third, Conforto out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Devers grounded out to third
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to center
        • J. Bradley: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kinsler picked off at first, pitcher to first, Ball, Foul, Bradley lined out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jackson popped out to second
        • T. Nido: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Rosario flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Moreland grounded out to second
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martinez walked
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bruce struck out looking
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Frazier singled to left
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
        • D. Smith: Smith flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kinsler struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Swihart walked
        • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Johnson Pitching:
        • T. Nido: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil homered to right center
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Conforto grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moreland flied out to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez singled to shallow center
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • R. Devers: Devers flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. Cuevas Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Foul, Rosario reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • Robby Scott relieved William Cuevas
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, McNeil flied out to left
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch, Rosario to second
        • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Bruce homered to right, Rosario and Conforto scored
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked
        • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo hit by pitch, Frazier to second
        • D. Smith: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Frazier to third, Nimmo to second
        • Brian Johnson relieved Robby Scott
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Jackson grounded out to second, Smith out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Kinsler singled to left
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Kinsler stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
        • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to second, Strike swinging, Swihart struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to left
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Kinsler stole third Bradley stole second,, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. Cuevas Pitching:
        • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • A. Jackson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
        • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Martinez grounded out to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. Cuevas Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Rosario lined out to center
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
        • M. Conforto: Conforto doubled to deep right
        • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Bruce doubled to deep right, Conforto scored
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
        • B. Nimmo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Moreland struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)