Noah Syndergaard tossed his first career shutout Sunday afternoon, and the New York Mets closed out the season with a 1-0 win over the Miami Marlins at Citi Field.
The Mets took two of three to finish 77-85 in manager Mickey Callaway’s first season. The Marlins finished 63-98.
Syndergaard (13-4), who took two trips to the disabled list this season due to a finger injury and hand, foot and mouth disease, allowed five hits, walked none and struck out six. He threw 101 pitches, including 78 strikes.
The Marlins got only one runner into scoring position against Syndergaard, who gave up a two-out double to Magneuris Sierra in the eighth before striking out JT Riddle.
Syndergaard then set down the side in order in the ninth to earn his second complete game of the month. He allowed a run on two hits in going the distance against the San Francisco Giants on Sept. 2.
The right-hander finished the season on a career-high 15-inning scoreless streak.
Syndergaard is the first Mets pitcher to throw two complete games in a month since R.A. Dickey did so in June 2012. New York sent Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays following the season for a package of prospects that included Syndergaard.
The Mets scored the game’s only run in the fourth, when Jeff McNeil hit a leadoff single and scored on Todd Frazier’s two-out double. McNeil was the only player on either team to record two hits.
Longtime Mets infielder Jose Reyes, likely playing his final game with the team, started at shortstop and left after grounding out in the first. He exited the dugout for a warm ovation in the second inning.
Sandy Alcantara (2-3) took the hard-luck loss for the Marlins after allowing the one run on four hits and two walks while striking out 10 over seven innings.
—Field Level Media