NEW YORK (AP) — With four wins in five days, the New York Mets are riding some momentum into the Subway Series.
Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit over seven shutout innings, Todd Frazier homered and drove in four runs, and the Mets beat the Colorado Rockies 6-1 on Sunday for their 13th victory in 16 home games.
Next stop, a trip to the Bronx for the first two matchups this season with the crosstown-rival New York Yankees.
“I’m stoked for it,” rookie slugger Pete Alonso said.
Nolan Arenado grounded a leadoff single through the right side in the second for Colorado’s only hit until David Dahl doubled home a run with two outs in the ninth.
Second baseman Adeiny Hechavarria ranged to his left and deflected Arenado’s grounder as he tried to make a sliding play, but was unable to come up with the ball.
That was all the Rockies mustered against Syndergaard (4-4).
“He was on. Fastball is 98, 99 with movement. We were late on that and then we try to kind of cheat to it or get to it and he throws the changeup or the curveball,” Dahl said. “He had everything working.”
And he was pitching with a lead.
Frazier hit a three-run homer to left field in the first inning, tossing his lumber aside for flair.
“Yeah, that was one of those that you don’t feel off the bat. One of those no-doubters,” he said. “I was excited.”
New York has homered in 16 straight home games, setting a club record.
Frazier added an RBI double in the fifth off Jeff Hoffman (1-3).
“It’s hard to put a number on how valuable he is to this team,” Syndergaard said. “Just from a talent perspective to a leadership perspective, the energy that he brings day in and day out. It’s really a blessing to be his teammate.”
Carlos Gomez had a two-out RBI single in the fourth after Hechavarria swiped second, one of a season-best three stolen bases by the Mets — equaling their total from the previous 15 games.
J.D. Davis chased Hoffman with his first career triple in the fifth, knocking in a run with a drive that eluded a diving Dahl in center field following a poor route.
Making his 100th major league start, Syndergaard struck out seven and walked two for his first win in five outings since May 14.
“He was on cruise control ever since the first inning,” Frazier said.
Up and down during a disappointing season, Syndergaard was coming off three consecutive no-decisions. But he was finally at his fearsome best Sunday.
“He dominated,” Davis said. “It was pretty cool to watch.”
Syndergaard credited second-string catcher Tomas Nido and a mechanical tweak that made his four-seam fastball more deceptive.
“This is an encouraging outing, because that’s a really good team over there,” the right-hander said.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Syndergaard was tired after throwing 98 pitches because he kept hustling to cover first base on grounders to the right side.
“Yeah, I got my sprints in today,” the pitcher said.
Jeurys Familia and Hector Santiago finished a two-hitter that took a tidy 2 hours, 32 minutes. New York won two of three against the Rockies to complete a 4-2 homestand.
Colorado won 10 of 12 before dropping the final two games of the series.
“This one’s on me. I didn’t get off to a great start,” said Hoffman, who grew up in Latham, New York, and had about 15 family members and friends in attendance. “Maybe if I throw up a zero in that first inning, things are different. But I started slow and maybe some of that rubbed off on the offense.”
Brewers 5, Pirates 2
MILWAUKEE — Mike Moustakas launched a homer that won a new car for a fan, NL MVP Christian Yelich hit his major-league leading 24th home run on his bobblehead day and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Moustakas connected for his 20th homer off Francisco Liriano (1-1), a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the eighth inning that hit a promotional car perched above the right-center field fence. The Brewers said season ticketholder Mark Gruber was the fortunate fan. He’ll get the keys to his new SUV in a pregame presentation on June 20.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) pitched the eighth. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save and moved the Brewers a season-high 10 games over .500.
Nationals 5, Padres 2
SAN DIEGO — Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendon hit consecutive home runs in a span of seven pitches off Craig Stammen (4-3) with one out in the eighth.
With the score tied at 1, Kendrick was pinch-hitting for Stephen Strasburg (7-3) when he started the homer parade with a shot to left, his 11th. Turner followed with a drive to center, his fourth, and Eaton’s homer just cleared the wall in center, his sixth. Fans began booing then, and piled on after Rendon homered to right-center, his 12th.
Reds 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA — Joey Votto tied the game for Cincinnati with a two-out single in the seventh inning and Eugenio Suarez followed with the go-ahead hit as Cincinnati avoided a three-game sweep.
Bryce Harper got tangled up in a pair of plays at the plate, scoring from second on a misplayed popup but getting thrown out on an attempted steal of home.
Raisel Iglesias allowed the potential tying run to reach on first base in the ninth but tossed a scoreless inning for his 13th save. Zach Duke (3-1) pitched one-third of an inning, helping stop Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak.
Braves 7, Marlins 6
MIAMI — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a three-run homer as Atlanta overcame a 5-1, ninth-inning deficit against Sergio Romo, and Matt Joyce delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the 12th off Adam Conley (1-6).
Atlanta (36-29) climbed seven games above .500 for the first time this year and won its seventh consecutive game in Miami, a record in the series.
Dan Winkler (3-1) retired both batters he faced in the 11th. Josh Tomlin, the Braves’ eighth pitcher, worked around a one-out single in the 12th for his first big league save.
Dodgers 1, Giants 0
SAN FRANCISCO — Walker Buehler (7-1) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and Max Muncy homered into McCovey Cove off Madison Bumgarner (3-6) in the first inning, then exchanged words with the ace as he rounded the bases.
Buehler allowed five hits, struck out nine and walked one over seven innings. Pedro Baez worked around a walk in the eighth, and Kenley Jansen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save to complete the Dodgers’ major league-high ninth shutout.
Cubs 5, Cardinals 1
CHICAGO — Kyle Hendricks tossed one-run ball over seven innings to win his sixth straight decision as Chicago completed the three-game sweep.
Carlos Gonzalez hit his first homer with the Cubs and Kyle Schwarber went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Hendricks (7-4) scattered eight hits and improved to 7-0 in his last 10 games. Pedro Strop got his seventh save.
Paul Goldschmidt had two hits and Kolten Wong added an RBI double for St. Louis.
Rays 6, Red Sox 1
BOSTON — Brandon Lowe hit a pair of solo homers that totaled 890 feet, and Blake Snell (4-5) allowed one run and five hits over six innings for Tampa Bay. which took three of four from the World Series champions.
Guillermo Heredia and Yandy Diaz also hit solo shots, and Lowe added an RBI single for Tampa Bay, which at 40-24 matched its season-high at 16 games over .500. Diaz had four hits.
Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Twins 12, Tigers 2
DETROIT — Nelson Cruz homered for the fourth straight game and Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario also connected.
Jake Odorizzi (9-2) allowed one run on five hits and one walk in six innings. He has given up just one run in his past 22 1/3 innings.
Ryan Carpenter (1-3) was tagged for eight runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Tigers have lost 13 of their last 15 at Comerica Park.
Astros 4, Orioles 0
HOUSTON — Yordan lvarez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, connecting off Dylan Bundy (3-7) in the fourth inning. The 21-year-old was called up from Triple-A Round Rock before the game while leading the Pacific Coast League with 23 home runs.
Wade Miley (6-3) yielded six hits and struck out five in six-plus innings. Roberto Osuna retired Rio Ruiz on a grounder for his 17th save.
White Sox 5, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eloy Jimenez launched a 471-foot home run, and Reynaldo Lopez (4-6) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
Yoan Moncada had four hits and an RBI for the White Sox, who lost the series opener but had back-to-back solid pitching performances to take the last two games.
Kansas City has lost 14 straight rubber games, dating to May 30, 2018, and is 0-14-2 in its last 16 series.
Glenn Sparkman (1-2) gave up two earned runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Mariners 9, Angels 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers, including the 400th of his career, and Tom Murphy added two more.
Encarnacion and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back homers in the sixth, and Encarnacion added a solo shot in the seventh for his AL-leading 20th homer this season.
After opener Austin Adams struck out Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the first, Wade LeBlanc (3-2) pitched six innings of six-hit ball with eight strikeouts for his first victory since April 7.
Jose Suarez (1-1) yielded two runs and four hits over 4 2/3 innings in his second big league start for the Angels.
Athletics 9, Rangers 8
ARLINGTON, Texas — Khris Davis homered for the first time in nearly a month as Oakland built an 8-0 lead and hung on for a four-game split.
Davis hit a two-run homer off Drew Smyly (1-5) in the third inning, his 13th home run this season but first since May 13. Davis sustained a left hip and oblique injury on May 5, tried to played through it and was out from May 22-31.
Frankie Montas (8-2) improved to 4-0 in his last seven starts, allowing three runs — two earned — and seven hits in six innings. Blake Treinen, retired Ronald Guzman on a game-ending flyout with two on for his 14th save.
Diamondbacks 8, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO — Carson Kelly and Ketel Marte homered during an eight-run burst in the third inning and Arizona completed a three-game sweep.
Robbie Ray (5-3) struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings to snap a two-start losing streak as the Diamondbacks recorded their fifth sweep.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost four in a row and 14 of 16. At 23-42, they are 19 games below .500 for the first time since August 2002.
Clayton Richard (0-2) allowed season worsts of seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.