Game Recap: Mets Take Second Half Opener Over Yankees, 7-5

Pitching

Noah Syndergaard retired the first two hitters easily in the first, but singles from Didi Gregorious and Giancarlo Stanton put runners on the corners. However, the righty was able to get Aaron Hicks to ground out and strand a pair.

Syndergaard struck out Greg Bird, and worked around a Miguel Andujar infield single in a scoreless second inning.

The Yankees led off the third with singles from Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge. Syndergaard battled to get Gregorious to pop out, but a Stanton sacrifice fly cut the lead to 4-1. Hicks then lined a two out single, but Gary Sanchez popped out to get Syndergaard out of the inning.

Andujar lined a one out single in the fourth, but Syndergaard struck out Neil Walker and Brett Gardner grounded out to first to end the inning.

Syndergaard worked around a Judge leadoff single, and struck out Stanton in a scoreless bottom of the fifth. He did show diminished velocity in the fifth which brought out manager Mickey Callaway and the trainer, Syndergaard stayed in the game to finish the inning.

Syndergaard allowed one run on eight hits, struck out four and walked none. He threw 84 pitches with 52 of them coming for strike and lowered his season ERA to 2.89.

Seth Lugo pitched the sixth inning, allowing two runs that was highlighted by a two-run single ff the bat of former Met Neil Walker to narrow the Mets lead to 6-3.

Lugo pitched in and out of bases loaded trouble in the seventh inning.

Robert Gsellman struck out Gary Sanchez with two runners on in the bottom of the eighth to limit the damage and hold the Mets lead at 6-5. An error by Amed Rosario paved the way for two unearned runs in the inning.

Gsellman picked up his fifth save of the season following a scoreless ninth inning.

Hitting

The Mets jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first. Brandon Nimmo led off the game with a walk, he then scored from first on an Asdrubal Cabrera RBI double. Back-to-back two out doubles from Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista drove in two more to make it 3-0 Mets.

In his second at-bat back from the disabled list, Yoenis Cespedes hit a solo shot off the left field foul pole to make it 4-0 Mets in the third.

In the fourth Devin Mesoraco roped a one out double to left and Matt den Dekker drew a two out walk, however Nimmo struck out to end the inning.

Cespedes and Wilmer Flores drew walks leading off the fifth, Conforto then drove in Cespedes with an RBI single the other way to make it 5-1 Mets. After a Bautista walk loaded the bases, Mesoraco lined an RBI single of his own to increase the lead to 6-1.

Mets scored an insurance run in the ninth inning thanks to a sac fly from Conforto.

Cespedes, Cabrera, Conforto and Mesoraco all had two hits on the night.

On Deck

Steven Matz (4-7, 3.38) takes the mound against Sonny Gray (6-7, 5.46) in the second game of this three-game series in the Bronx. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. and can be seen on WPIX.

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