The New York Mets (23-19) pulled off their first sweep since mid-April this afternoon and their first at Citi Field since the 2016 season, with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks (24-21).
Noah Syndergaard circumvented a walk and stolen base in the first inning with two swinging strikeouts on changeups and sliders, offsetting his usual 97-100 mph fastballs.
He ran into trouble again in the second after a leadoff strikeout, allowing slap hits to Jarrod Dyson and Nick Ahmed before conceding a run on a Jeff Mathis groundout. He finished the second inning at 40 pitches total.
The third inning was an entirely different story, however, as Syndergaard notched two strikeouts to sandwich a weak pop out in a three-up, three-down, 12-pitch inning of work. His fourth inning, although scoreless, required another 18 pitches, featuring two full counts and a bunt hit.
Wilmer Flores botched a routine grounder from Mathis, his first error in 10 chances at third base, to begin the fifth inning. Mathis moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, but was gunned down at home on a solid throw from Jay Bruce the following play. Syndergaard retired the side unscathed in an efficient four-pitch frame and followed with a 12-pitch sixth that featured a pickoff of Paul Goldschmidt and a strikeout of Daniel Descalso.
Another dump hit from Dyson (his third of the day) threatened the beginning of the seventh for Syndergaard, who responded by striking out Ahmed and inducing another Mathis groundout on three pitches apiece. With Dyson at second and two outs in a tie game, Thor held his own, retiring pinch-hitter Ketel Marte on a weak 1-3 putout to register his second seven-inning start of the season. Syndergaard’s final line read as follows: one run, six hits, one walk, and seven strikeouts.
In his first relief appearance in over a week, Jerry Blevins retired his lone batter, David Peralta, with a four-pitch strikeout. In his place, Robert Gsellman notched the next two outs on 4-3 grounders.
Mickey Callaway decided to allow him to record his first save in the ninth inning and Gsellman struck out the side to secure the victory.
On the offensive side, the Mets were stymied by Clay Buchholz across the first five frames, notching just one hit in the righty’s first big league start in over a year. Brandon Nimmo was the lone position player to strike out, but was also one of ten consecutive Mets set down between the second and fifth innings.
Amed Rosario broke the ice with a leadoff home run in the sixth to abruptly end Buchholz’s afternoon, snapping a 0-for-12 skid of his own with his first home run in 213 plate appearances.
With two outs in the seventh inning and the lefty Jorge de la Rosa in for relief, Tomas Nido singled up the middle, bringing Asdrubal Cabrera to the plate to pinch-hit. Cabrera clouted a home run to left-center field to make it 3-1 and set Syndergaard up for the win.
The next man to the plate, Rosario, followed with another homer, this one off the facing of the party deck in deep left-center. At 22 years and 181 days, he is the youngest Met with a multi-homer game since Lastings Milledge in 2007.
For Amed Rosario, it was his first professional multi-homerun game. He never hit more than one in a game in the Minor Leagues.
Brandon Nimmo and Wilmer Flores each went 1-4 with a steal and double, respectively, while Adrian Gonzalez and Jay Bruce each smacked base hits of their own.