Mets Lose to Cardinals as Noah Syndergaard’s Hitting Outdoes His Pitching

ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs against Mets starter Noah Syndergaard, who had better luck at the plate than on the mound, hitting a home run with Dexter Fowler’s help as the St. Louis Cardinals won, 6-4, on Sunday.

Syndergaard (1-2) allowed six runs, four earned, and eight hits in five innings, but his most memorable play came while batting in the fourth. He hit a deep fly to center that Fowler leapt for on the warning track even though it was well below the fence.

The ball deflected off Fowler’s glove and over the fence for Syndergaard’s fifth career home run and first since Aug. 16, 2016, at Arizona.

It was one of four homers for the Mets, but that was not enough for Syndergaard, who has allowed at least five runs in his last two starts after not having given up five in a game since April 30, 2017, at Washington.

“My frustration’s pretty high right now,” Syndergaard said. “It would have been a great win today, but I let the team down.”

Dakota Hudson (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings, striking out five, for his first career victory as a starter. He went 4-1 in 26 appearances, all in relief, as a rookie last season. Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save in six chances.

Robinson Cano homered for the Mets but left in the seventh inning after he was hit in the right hand by a pitch from Andrew Miller. The third base umpire, Paul Emmel, ruled that Cano swung before the ball hit his hand and called the pitch a strike. Mets Manager Mickey Callaway was then ejected for arguing the call, his third career ejection. X-rays on Cano’s hand were negative.

“I was shocked, to be honest,” Callaway said about the call. “I was trying to figure out what we’re going to do the rest of the game, who’s going to pinch run for Robby, and they mosey on down and say that he swung.”

Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto also homered for the Mets, who lost two of three games in the series.

Kolten Wong’s run-scoring single in the second tied the game at 1-1, and he advanced to second after Brandon Nimmo’s throw to the plate was not cut off. Hudson reached on an error to load the bases, and Goldschmidt singled two batters later to make it 3-1.

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