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Can Syndergaard protect big early lead?

Noah Syndergaard is dealing heat as he seeks to hand the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann his first career loss to the Mets.

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Noah Syndergaard silences Nats' bats

Syndergaard allowed two solo homers but struck out nine over eight innings in a strong start for the Mets. The Nats trail 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Now fans serending Bryce Harper in right field with "Har-per Sucks." ... Not sure I'd poke the bear, but whatever. Have fun.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Syndergaard with first-pitch strikes to 17 of 23 batters he's faced tonight--74%. Fourth time in last seven starts he's reached that level.

The next 2-sport athlete?

Caroline Wozniacki, world No. 5 in women's tennis, tossed out the first pitch before today's Angels-Dodgers game -- and it was a perfect strike.


Syndergaard surrenders second homer

Noah Syndergaard had settled down since allowing a first-inning HR to Anthony Rendon, but his streak of four straight scoreless innings is over after he allowed a solo shot to Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The Mets still lead the Nats 5-2. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Yippity 'Duda'!

Lucas Duda is the first player in Mets history to hit 9 HRs in an 8-game span (via Elias). The Mets lead the Nationals 5-1 in the fifth. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jose Lobaton two-out single in the fifth. Snaps streak of 13 straight batters retired by Noah Syndergaaard.

Granderson, Murphy go back to back

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back jacks to spark a five-run third inning against the visiting Nationals, who trail 5-1 in the fourth on ESPN.


Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

First 3-HR inning for the #Mets since June 7, 2007 -- when Carlos Delgado, David Wright and Paul LoDuca went back-to-back-to-back vs. Phils.

Grandy, Murphy hit back-to-back jacks

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back homers, and Lucas Duda added a two-run shot two batters later to give the Mets a 5-1 lead and wake up the Citi Field crowd. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Can Mets make postseason run?

Rick Sutcliffe thinks so: "I think they have exactly what it takes to win it all." First, though, New York has to get past Washington. The Mets trail 1-0 in the 3rd inning on ESPN.