- Adam Rubin, ESPNNewYork.com
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SAN DIEGO -- Noah Syndergaard's worst start of his brief major league career came on a night he insisted he felt sharp.
Syndergaard allowed seven runs on 10 hits in four innings as the New York Mets lost to the San Diego Padres, 7-2, Tuesday night at Petco Park. Syndergaard's ERA rose to 3.77 through five major league starts. He struck out 10 batters.
"It was definitely a frustrating start for me because I went out there and I felt like I had some of the best stuff I've had all year," Syndergaard said. "I went out the first inning and I set the pace there."
Manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard caught too much of the plate with pitches.
"He didn't locate the ball like he did before," Collins said.
Still, Syndergaard described himself as unlucky. Syndergaard suggested that had Alexi Amirista's bases-loaded, no-out line drive not kicked off his glove and ricocheted into right field, the Mets may have turned a double play in what instead became a four-run inning. Syndergaard added that he might have even turned a triple play had the liner cleanly landed in his glove.
After 115 years of it never happening in the majors, Syndergaard became the second pitcher in two nights at Petco Park to allow 10 hits and strike out 10 batters while lasting fewer than five innings. San Diego's Andrew Cashner did the same thing on Monday, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
"It was kind of like the start that Cashner had last night," Syndergaard said about his own outing. "There was not a whole lot of hard contact. They just kind of hit the balls where people weren't. I can try to take some positives away from it, like the 10 strikeouts, and I was fortunate enough that I didn't walk anybody. But I didn't get the job done. I let the team down. So all I can do is forget about it and go on to my next start."