Monday, January 22, 2018
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Unflappable Thor shuts down K.C.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard was amused when Kauffman Stadium's speakers played American Woman as he trotted out to the mound for the first inning.

The standing-room only crowd of 39,782 fans drowned out the music with its boos.

Syndergaard silenced the fans with six dominant innings, Neil Walker hit his first homer with the Mets and New York beat Kansas City 2-0 Tuesday after the Royals were given their 2015 World Series rings.

Syndergaard was the only pitcher to beat the Royals in the World Series last year, winning Game 3 after intentionally throwing his first pitch above Alcides Escobar's head. Escobar started this one with a triple, but Syndergaard struck out the next three batters and retired 12 straight before Kendrys Morales' double opened the fifth.

"That's not the result I wanted, a leadoff triple, but I gained a lot of momentum after that," Syndergaard said. "I just went about my game plan."

Mets manager Terry Collins knew Syndergaard would not be intimated by the surroundings.

"He's not afraid. He's 6-7, 250 pounds," Collins said. "They don't have much fear, those kind of guys."

Syndergaard pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.

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