July 28, 2015: Syndergaard Leads Shutout of Padres

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Date: July 28, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 4
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Duda, Curtis Granderson
Key play: Duda's and Granderson's home runs

The Mets faced the Padres on a Tuesday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a three-game series. Noah Syndergaard pitched eight shutout innings in a 4-0 Mets win over San Diego.

Syndergaard retired the side in order in the top of the first. Curtis Granderson singled against Padres' starter James Shields to lead off the bottom half. Ruben Tejada grounded to shortstop Alexi Amarista for a double play and Daniel Murphy hit a single. Lucas Duda connected for a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Shields then got Juan Uribe on a foul pop-up to first baseman Yonder Alonso for the third out.

Syndergaard set down all fifteen San Diego batters from the second inning to the sixth. Shields pitched two-hit scoreless ball in the bottom halves and Will Venable singled to begin the top of the seventh. Yangervis Solarte hit a single on which Venable advanced to third base via an error by shortstop Tejada. Matt Kemp was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Murphy. Justin Upton hit a double play ground ball to Tejada for the inning's final outs. Shields then gave up only a single to Uribe in the bottom half.

Syndergaard yielded just a single to Alonso in the top of the eighth. Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares doubled against Shields to open the bottom of the inning. Against Padres' reliever Shawn Kelley, Granderson clubbed a homer to increase the Mets' lead to four runs. Tejada was retired on a fly ball to right fielder Kemp. Kelley then retired Murphy and Duda on consecutive infield grounders to finish off the inning.

Pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte doubled against Mets' reliever Tyler Clippard to begin the top of the ninth. Venable grounded out to Clippard and a pop-up by Solarte was caught by Tejada. Clippard then got Kemp to ground out to Tejada and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory.