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Syndergaard shines as Mets catch Nats

Noah Syndergaard dealt heat as he handed the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann his first career loss to the Mets to tie up the NL East race.

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Terry Collins: "I've never experienced the emotional roller coaster we've been through these last 10 games at home."

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Mets finish a 3-game sweep of Nationals, trail Nats by percentage points for NL East lead Mets starting pitchers in series- 21 2/3 IP, 5 R

Mets sweep Nats, pull even in NL East

Noah Syndergaard (9 Ks, 0 BB) was dominant over eight innings of work, despite allowing two harmless homers, and the Mets' bats came alive in the third to post five runs behind back-to-back jacks by Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy. The Mets moved into a tie for first with the Nats atop the NL East after the 5-2 win. Box score

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The great, diving Daniel Norris

He dazzled in his Tigers debut with a win over the Orioles, and he showed off his defensive prowess with a diving catch that not many normal starting pitchers would have made.

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Noah Syndergaard last 4 home starts vs Reds-- 8 IP, 1 R vs Diamondbacks-- 8 IP, 1 R vs Padres-- 8 IP, 0 R vs Nationals-- 8 IP, 2 R

Noah Syndergaard silences Nats' bats

Syndergaard allowed two solo homers but struck out nine over eight innings in a strong start for the Mets. The Nats trail 5-2 heading to the bottom of the eighth inning. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Now fans serending Bryce Harper in right field with "Har-per Sucks." ... Not sure I'd poke the bear, but whatever. Have fun.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Syndergaard with first-pitch strikes to 17 of 23 batters he's faced tonight--74%. Fourth time in last seven starts he's reached that level.

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Syndergaard surrenders second homer

Noah Syndergaard had settled down since allowing a first-inning HR to Anthony Rendon, but his streak of four straight scoreless innings is over after he allowed a solo shot to Yunel Escobar in the sixth. The Mets still lead the Nats 5-2. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

Yippity 'Duda'!

Lucas Duda is the first player in Mets history to hit 9 HRs in an 8-game span (via Elias). The Mets lead the Nationals 5-1 in the fifth. Watch on ESPN/WatchESPN

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Adam Rubin @AdamRubinESPN

Jose Lobaton two-out single in the fifth. Snaps streak of 13 straight batters retired by Noah Syndergaaard.

Granderson, Murphy go back to back

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit back-to-back jacks to spark a five-run third inning against the visiting Nationals, who trail 5-1 in the fourth on ESPN.

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