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Mets’ offense backs up Noah Syndergaard in win over Reds

Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the

Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard pitches against the Reds during the second inning at Citi Field on Monday. Credit: Brad Penner

What began as a promising outing for Noah Syndergaard quickly unraveled in the seventh inning Monday night, and the bullpen did him no favors.

Syndergaard scattered six hits and a walk in 6 1⁄3 innings on 96 pitches, the most he’s thrown since his return from the disabled list on July 13. He hit two batters in the seventh and was charged with four runs, three of which scored after he left the game.

Syndergaard had plenty of offensive support, though. The Mets jumped on Reds starter Homer Bailey early, erupted for 16 hits and hung on for a 6-4 win in front of 21,644 at Citi Field.

Although Mickey Callaway was pleased with Syndergaard’s outing — saying that “he’s back” — Syndergaard was critical of himself.

“No, it was the complete opposite,” Syndergaard said. “I felt pretty mediocre out there. I didn’t feel like I had the best stuff in terms of mechanically, in terms of stuff . . . I just kind of ran out of gas in the seventh.”

After Tucker Barnhart grounded out to begin the seventh, Syndergaard plunked Preston Tucker and pinch hitter Phillip Ervin, and Billy Hamilton singled to load the bases. Jose Peraza singled home Tucker, and Callaway pulled Syndergaard with a 6-1 lead and the bases loaded.

Syndergaard said that the heat and humidity could have had something to do with why he ran out of steam in the seventh inning.

“Obviously, that last inning didn’t go the way he wanted with the two hit batsmen, a couple base hits, right at the end of his pitch count,” Callaway said. “He did a great job. I know he’s probably upset like he usually is when he doesn’t throw a shutout, but he threw a great game.”

Bobby Wahl then walked Joey Votto, cutting the Mets’ lead to 6-2. After Wahl struck out Scooter Gennett on a high fastball for the second out, Callaway called upon Robert Gsellman, who allowed a two-run bloop single by Eugenio Suarez.

Gsellman struck out former Yankees prospect Mason Williams, ending the inning. He then worked a 1-2-3 eighth, and Jerry Blevins pitched the ninth to earn his first save of the season.

Bailey, who entered the game with a 5.87 ERA in 14 starts, was shelled for 11 hits (10 singles) in 3 1⁄3 innings. The Mets’ first three hitters of the game — Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil and Wilmer Flores — each singled and scored, handing Syndergaard a 3-0 lead.

Bailey put the Reds in a big hole after he tossed a 1-2-3 second and escaped trouble in the third. Kevin Plawecki greeted him with a home run to leftfield to begin the fourth, snapping his 0-for-12 skid.

Later in the fourth, McNeil singled to put runners on first and third and Flores followed with an RBI single for a 5-0 lead, knocking out Bailey.

McNeil gave the Mets a 6-0 lead with a home run to rightfield off Keury Mella in the sixth. McNeil, who went 3-for-4, has eight hits in his last 12 at-bats and could be playing himself into a long-term role with the team.

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