Legends On Deck

Mets Halt Blue Jays 11-Game Win Streak, With Walk-Off Victory

The New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays faced off on Monday for the first time since the 2012 season when the Jays were 2-1 in their three game series.

The Mets sent rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard to the mound against Jays lefty Mark Buehrle and both starters were solid as they kept their teams in the game with outstanding performances.


Photo by: Gabe Rodriguez/LOD

Syndergaard tossed six innings, allowing one run on two hits, with two walks and a season high 11 strikeouts, while his counterpart, Buehrle, threw seven innings allowing one earned one on four hits, walking one and striking out five.

The Blue Jays took an early 1-0 in the top of the first on Jose Bautista‘s 12th home run of the season. Syndergaard then settled down and kept the Jays off the board until the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the 6th with two runs.

Toronto tied the game in the top of the ninth, on Jeurys Familia‘s second blown save of the season, when Jose Bautista hit his second home run of the game (13th overall) to tie the game at 3-3. The Mets were retired in the bottom half of the inning, sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the 11th, the Jays put together a mini-rally against reliever Hansel Robles scoring the go ahead run on a sac fly off the bat of Dioner Navarro scoring Ezequiel Carrera from third.

The Blue Jays bullpen at one point retired 10 straight Mets batters before Ruben Tejada walked in the bottom of the 11th. Michael Cuddyer hit into a fielders choice with Tejada being tagged out on his way to second. Lucas Duda then hit a bloop single to left field with the Jays shifted over to right field, scoring Cuddyer all the way from first to tie the game.  Then Wilmer Flores hit a single up the middle scoring Duda from second to walk-off the Jays and end their 11-game winning streak.

It was the second game in a row that the Mets came from behind to seal the victory.

The Mets are now 35-30, and 1.5 games up on the second place Washington nationals who lost on Monday and the Blue Jays are 34-31 and now 2 games out of first as the first place Tampa Bay Rays won their game on Monday.

Top Performers

Blue Jays
Jose Bautista – 2 for 4, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Mark Buehrle – 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Lucas Duda – 2 for 4, Double, RBI
Noah Syndergaard – 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 11 K

What’s Next

The Mets and Blue Jays play game two of their mini two games series at Citi Field with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10 pm. The Mets will send Matt Harvey (6-4, 3.62) to the mound to face the Jays Scott Copeland (1-0, 0.90).

(Feature Photo Credit: Brad Penner, USA TODAY Sports)

David Conde
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