May 27, 2015: Syndergaard Leads Shutout of Phils

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Date: May 27, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 7
Phillies: 0
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Duda, Michael Cuddyer
Key play: Mets' home runs

The Mets faced the Phillies on a Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a three-game series. Noah Syndergaard pitched seven and one-third scoreless innings and hit a home run in a 7-0 Mets win over Philadelphia.

Syndergaard retired the side in order in the top of the first. With two outs in the bottom half, Lucas Duda homered against Phils' starter Sean O'Sullivan for a 1-0 Mets lead. Daniel Murphy singled and Michael Cuddyer took a called third strike to end the inning. Noah yielded just a single to Grady Sizemore in the top of the second and Kevin Plawecki got a two-out single in the bottom half. Syndergaard singled and O'Sullivan retired Curtis Granderson on a ground ball to second baseman Chase Utley for the inning's third out.

O'Sullivan and Ben Revere got back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the third. Syndergaard responded by retiring both Freddy Galvis and Utley on fly balls to center fielder Juan Lagares to finish off the inning. Duda got a one-out double in the bottom half. Murphy singled to score Duda and a two-run homer by Cuddyer extended the Mets' lead to 4-0. O'Sullivan then got Wilmer Flores on a grounder to first baseman Ryan Howard and struck out Daniel Muno to end the inning.

Syndergaard set down all three batters in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom half, Noah connected for his first major league homer and a 5-0 Mets lead. Granderson and Lagares were retired on consecutive outfield fly balls to close out the inning and Syndergaard held the Phillies to an infield single by Cameron Rupp in the top of the fifth. Leading off the bottom half, Duda slugged his second homer of the game. Murphy singled and Cuddyer grounded to shortstop Galvis for a double play. O'Sullivan then retired Flores on a fly ball to right fielder Sizemore to finish off the inning.

Syndergaard hurled a perfect top of the sixth. Muno drew a walk against O'Sullivan to begin the bottom half. Plawecki was hit by a pitch and Syndergaard singled to load the bases. Granderson followed with a sacrifice fly that brought home Muno for a seven-run Mets lead. Lagares flied out to Sizemore to advance Plawecki to third base. Philadelphia reliever Jake Diekman then got Duda on a grounder to Utley that ended the inning.

Syndergaard shut down the Phils again in the top of the seventh. Diekman pitched a scoreless bottom half and Noah retired Darin Ruf on a ground ball to third baseman Muno to open the top of the eighth. Revere singled against Mets' reliever Sean Gilmartin, who followed up by getting Galvis to hit a grounder to second baseman Murphy for an inning-ending double play. The Phillies' Jonathan Papelbon then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mets' reliever Erik Goeddel retired Cesar Hernandez on a ground ball to Murphy to start the top of the ninth. Andres Blanco doubled and Maikel Franco went down on strikes. Goeddel then threw a called third strike past Sizmore to end the game. The Mets had a shutout victory and a series sweep.