Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Mets' Syndergaard outduels Scherzer

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard brought his 100 mph heat and struck out 10, Curtis Granderson homered on Max Scherzer's first pitch and the Mets beat the Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to stop a four-game skid.

Daniel Murphy returned to Citi Field with a majors-best .400 batting average and drew two early standing ovations, then got booed. The former Mets postseason star got one of five hits Syndergaard gave up in seven innings.

Michael Conforto also homered as the Mets sent the NL East leaders to their third straight loss.

Scherzer struck out 10 in his first start since fanning a record-tying 20 against the Tigers. Kerry Wood set the modern mark of 33 strikeouts in consecutive starts in 1998.

Granderson led off the first with a high fly that kept carrying and landed beyond the rightfield wall. It was some late revenge for him; in October, Granderson popped up for the final out when Scherzer pitched his second no-hitter of the season, fanning 17 at Citi Field.

Syndergaard came out blazing exactly a year after he won in his big-league debut. Now the hardest thrower among big-league starters, he hit 100 mph with seven pitches in the first inning.

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper hit an easy comebacker and struck out twice against Syndergaard.

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