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Syndergaard set for Citi debut in rubber match with Brewers

(SportsNetwork.com) - Noah Syndergaard gets an opportunity to showcase his talents before the home crowd for the first time at Citi Field on Sunday when the New York Mets play the Milwaukee Brewers in the rubber match of a three- game series.

Syndergaard suffered the loss in his major league debut against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday when he gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

At the time of his promotion to the majors, the 22-year-old right-hander was 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA over five starts at Triple-A Las Vegas. The highly-touted prospect actually has pitched before at Citi Field, starting for Team USA at the 2013 Futures Game. He threw one scoreless frame.

Wily Peralta counters on the hill for Milwaukee. The righty didn't get a decision Monday against the White Sox after allowing six hits and a pair of runs in six innings. His lone win of the season came May 6 versus the Dodgers.

Peralta is 3-0 with a 1.35 ERA in three career starts against the Mets.

Jacob deGrom sailed through six innings and Wilmer Flores' grand slam keyed a 10-run fourth as the Mets rolled to a 14-1 rout Saturday night. DeGrom (4-4) allowed a run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts and helped himself with three hits, including two in the decisive fourth.

Curtis Granderson had three hits including a home run, while Kevin Plawecki also homered.

"Tonight was a night to lift our spirits back up," said Mets manager Terry Collins.

Brewers starter Matt Garza (2-5) was charged with 10 runs on 10 hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly accounted for Milwaukee's only run and Carlos Gomez had two hits.

"I didn't think he was pitching that poorly and I felt he could get through that inning and keep going," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Garza's pitching in the fourth. "It got away pretty fast."

The Mets are 7-14 against the Brewers at Citi Field. The last time New York won the season series between the two teams was in 2008. Milwaukee won four of its seven meetings with the Mets a year ago. The Brewers have also won 13 of their last 17 in Flushing.