Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Noah Syndergaard did it on the mound and at the plate, helping the New York Mets to a 7-0 win and another three-game series sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on Wednesday.
Syndergaard (2-2) tossed 7 1/3 innings of six-hit ball and went 3-for-3 with a solo homer. The right-hander, making just his fourth career start, struck out six and didn't walk a batter as the Mets swept the Phillies at home for the second time this season.
"It's great being able to go that deep into the game and give the bullpen a little rest," said Syndergaard. "It's really easy to go out there and throw quality strikes when you put seven runs on the board."
Syndergaard's fabulous afternoon overshadowed a tremendous day by players who get paid to hit for the Mets. Lucas Duda hit a pair of solo homers, going 3- for-4 with three runs scored, and Michael Cuddyer added a two-run homer.
Daniel Murphy also had three hits, drove in a run and scored a run for New York, which improved to 20-6 at home this season, going 6-0 against the Phillies over that span. The Mets also improved to 8-1 against Philadelphia this season.
Grady Sizemore and Ben Revere had two hits each for Philadelphia, which has lost four in a row and six of seven.
Sean O'Sullivan (1-4) started on the mound for the Phillies and suffered the loss, allowing seven runs on 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked one.
Duda got the Mets going in the first with a solo homer. In the third, Duda doubled and scored on Murphy's base hit and Cuddyer followed with a two-run homer for a 4-0 lead.
Syndergaard then helped his cause in the fourth, hitting a homer over the wall in left-center for a five-run lead. He had earlier singled.
"Home runs hurt us throughout the series," said Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg. "Syndergaard was a one-man show today with the bat and his impressive pitching."
Duda added his second homer of the game in the fifth for a 6-0 edge and Curtis Granderson's sac fly in the sixth plated Danny Muno for a seven-run lead.
Duda now has eight HRs this season. This was his second multi-HR game of the year and eighth of his career ... Cuddyer has five HRs this season ... Syndergaard's HR and RBI were the first of his career. He is now hitting 4- for-9 in four games in the majors ... During the game, the Mets announced they traded OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Angles for cash ... The Phillies ended a nine-game road trip 2-7 and start a nine-game homestand on Friday with the first of three against the Rockies ... The Mets also have an off day on Thursday before concluding a six-game homestand with three against the Miami Marlins.