The Mets fell to the Royals 4-1 on Friday night at Kauffman Stadium. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Friday's game
1) Noah Syndergaard was magnificent through the first four innings. He ran into trouble quickly in the fifth, allowing a single and then back-to-back double by Meibrys Viloria and Nicky Lopez. Two runs scored in the fifth, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead. Syndergaard got into another jam in the sixth, but with tow runners on, he struck out Bubba Starling and Ryan O'Hearn to end the threat. Syndergaard went six innings, allowing just two earned on five hits. He had gone at least seven innings in each of his prior six starts.
2) Michael Conforto gave the Mets the lead in the third. After JD Davis singled to get on, he advanced to second on an error by Whit Merrifield that should have been an easy force out. Conforto then slapped a double to left field, scoring Davis for his 69th RBI of the season.
3) Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso both had five-hit nights on Thursday (the first time in team history), and Rosario added two more hits on Friday. Rosario came up in a key spot with the bases loaded int he ninth inning, down by three, but he bounced into a fielder's choice. His batting average is now up to .290 on the season.
Meanwhile, Alonso went hitless, though he did walk to reach base.
4) Brad Brach came into the game in the eighth, with the Mets trailing 2-1. Alex Gordon and Hunter Dozier both singled, advancing to second and third on the throw with nobody out. After a walk, Edwin Diaz was brought in with the bases load and still no outs. Diaz walked in a run immediately. He then allowed an RBI single to Starling, but avoided huge trouble when an O'Hearn grand slam was overruled as a foul ball. Diaz escaped the inning with no further damage.
The Mets and Royals continue their weekend set on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Jacob deGrom (7-7, 2.68 ERA) is scheduled to face Royals righty Jakob Junis (8-10, 4.80 ERA).