KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Freddy Garcia ran his streak of perfect innings to five in his bid to earn a spot in the Braves' rotation, Mets' top prospect Noah Syndergaard pitched two scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League and New York beat Atlanta 6-2 Monday.
The 21-year-old Syndergaard struck out leadoff hitter Jason Heyward on a 98 mph fastball and fanned Evan Gattis on three fastballs to start the second. The right-hander allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings.
In contrast, Garcia, 37, used an assortment of mostly slow stuff to retire nine straight Mets, three on strikeouts, after retiring all six Detroit batters he faced while fanning two in the spring opener.
Heyward, Atlanta's right fielder, threw out a runner at the plate to preserve a scoreless fifth inning for closer Craig Kimbrel, but the Mets scored five times off minor leaguers in the ninth for their first spring victory.