NEW YORK (AP) – Noah Syndergaard looked fine-tuned in his brief but long-awaited return after undergoing surgery on Tommy John, and the New York Mets edged the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Tuesday night to sweep a doubleheader.
The meetings were agreed to seven tickets, in compliance with the provisions for the pandemic. But the second required nine to settle.
Puerto Rican Javier Báez ran to the plate from the anteroom, to score the decisive run in the extra innings. Anthony Bass (3-9) had released a James McCann slow roll between the mound and home plate.
In the first game, Francisco Lindor homered and produced three runs, Marcus Stroman was credited with his 10th win and the Mets ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-2 win.
Syndergaard opened the night match, marking his return to the mound in the majors after a two-year absence, in which he underwent surgery to reconstruct his elbow tendon.
As the wind ruffled his long blonde hair, Syndergaard hit 96 mph with his fastball, striking out his first two opponents in a perfect inning. Nine of the 10 pitches he made were strikes.
And thus ended the appearance of the return.
The 29-year-old right-hander, who can become a free agent at the conclusion of the season, was cheered by 20,647 spectators at Citi Field, many of whom displayed posters inspired by Thor, the pitcher’s nickname.
Upon his return to the cave, the pitcher received hugs and pats from his teammates.
Syndergaard hadn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 29, 2019.
Brad Hand (6-7) solved the ninth inning to perfection and took his first win with New York.
In the afternoon, Dominican Lewin Díaz hit a two-run homer for the Marlins, last in the NL East Division, who now have seven consecutive losses.
Stroman (10-13) allowed two runs and five hits over five innings of effective work in his 33rd start of the season, the most in the majors. That equaled the biggest record of his career, set in 2017, with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The right-hander hadn’t won in six starts since Aug. 22, when he won at Dodger Stadium. He even managed his first steal in the majors.
Jacob deGrom was the last Mets pitcher to steal a base, in August 2017.
Puerto Rican Edwin Díaz solved the seventh inning perfectly, to contribute with his 31st save in 37 opportunities.
The loss went to Zach Thompson (2-7).
In the first game, for the Marlins, the Dominicans Bryan De La Cruz 3-0, Jesús Sánchez 2-1 with one scored, Díaz 3-1 with one scored and two RBIs, Magneuris Sierra 2-0. Venezuelan Sandy León 1-0.
For the Mets, the Puerto Ricans Lindor 4-2 with a run scored and three RBIs, Baez 3-2 with a run scored, Tomás Nido 3-0. Jonathan Villar 3-1 with an RBI. The Venezuelan José Peraza without an official turn but with one scored.
In the second match, for the Marlins, the Venezuelan Miguel Rojas 4-0. The Dominicans De La Cruz 4-0, Sánchez 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI, Díaz 3-0, Sierra 1-0.
For the Mets, the Puerto Rican LIndor 3-0, Baez 3-1 with a run scored. Villar 3-2 with a run scored. Venezuelan Peraza 1-1.