Mets break out in rout of Blue Jays
Noah Syndergaard won for the first time in five weeks, knocking in two early runs against the team that traded him to rouse a sluggish New York Mets offence Tuesday night during a 12-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Missing injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier from a slumping lineup, the Mets finally broke through anyway against Jaime Garcia and the skidding Blue Jays after an 86-minute rain delay at the start.
Juan Lagares had four hits, three RBIs and a stolen base to help New York improve to 12-0 at home against Toronto — the longest such streak in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
New catcher Devin Mesoraco homered and scored four runs while reaching base safely all five times up. Amed Rosario added three hits and two RBIs from the No. 9 spot in the batting order.
Making his first start in nine days because of a rainout last weekend, Syndergaard (3-1) threw 103 pitches over five innings but allowed only Yangervis Solarte's two-run single.
Toronto falls back to .500
He laced an RBI double in the second and lofted a sacrifice fly in a five-run fourth, which included a single by Jose Reyes that loaded the bases for Syndergaard and snapped New York's 0-for-24 slide with runners in scoring position.
Toronto drafted Syndergaard 38th overall in 2010 and shipped him to New York in a package for reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey in December 2012. The right-hander made one previous start against the Blue Jays, striking out 11 over six innings of two-hit ball in a no-decision during his rookie season on June 15, 2015.
The Mets, who finished with 16 hits, won for only the third time in 12 games and stopped a six-game losing streak at home. They had scored three runs or fewer in nine of the past 11 games.
Garcia (2-3), who is 0-4 at Citi Field, was charged with six runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays (21-21) fell back to .500 for the first time since they were 2-2. Toronto has dropped three in a row and eight of 11.