Mets’ Michael Cuddyer rounds the bases, one of three homers yielded by Phillie pitcher Sean O’Sullivan.

By Sam Bush

The Phillies finished their 20-games-in-20 days death march Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field against the Mets, and they played tired and beaten down.

Noah Syndergaard pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and connected for his first major league home run, Lucas Duda homered twice and the New York Mets beat the Phillies 7-0 to complete a three-game sweep.

Syndergaard (2-2) struck out six in 7 1-3 innings to become the first rookie in Mets history to strike out at least five batters in each of his first four starts. He also went 3 for 3 at the plate, tying a franchise record for hits in a game by a pitcher.

Duda, who also had three hits, put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a drive off Phillies right-hander Sean O’Sullivan (1-4). Duda homered again off O’Sullivan to lead off the fifth for his second multihomer game of the season.

Michael Cuddyer also homered for the Mets as the Mets matched the run support they gave Syndergaard in his first three major league starts combined.

Pitching into the eighth inning, Syndergaard did not allow an extra-base hit and walked none in the longest start of his young career. With only 96 pitches through seven innings, Mets manager Terry Collins let the right-hander begin the eighth.

Mets third baseman Danny Muno robbed Darin Ruf of an apparent double, ending Syndergaard’s afternoon.

The Mets broke the game open with three runs in the third, on Daniel Murphy’s single and Cuddyer’s two-run shot.

Syndergaard hit a long drive over the center field wall in the fourth inning to extend the Mets lead to five. The long ball kept the crowd of 24,406 on its feet, calling for a curtain call for the young pitcher.

The Mets added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson.

Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goedel finished the eight-hitter for the Mets, who extended their home winning streak against the Phillies to seven.


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