Noah Syndergaard was the complete package Thursday.
After stumbling through his previous three starts, the Mets right-hander rebounded with a getaway day special: a four-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts in which he homered for the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Reds at Citi Field.
He became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a complete game and homer for the only run.
The Mets shrugged off a ninth-inning loss from a night earlier, when Jose Iglesias homered against Edwin Diaz for the game’s only run, to finish with a split in the four-game series.
Syndergaard, whose ERA dropped from 6.35 to 5.02, received an ovation as he returned to the mound in the ninth for the final three outs. Overall he retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced, giving a recently overtaxed bullpen a breather.
Derek Dietrich singled in the ninth against Syndergaard, and pinch-runner Michael Lorenzen stole second, but Yasiel Puig struck out looking to end the game.
It came a night after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets seven scoreless innings to snap a recent skid. Jason Vargas was also effective in a start Tuesday, allowing one run over 5 1/3 innings. Steven Matz will try to keep the momentum rolling when he pitches Friday night in Milwaukee.
Syndergaard’s blast into the left-field seats leading off the third gave the Mets their only run. The homer was Syndergaard’s second this season and the sixth of his career. Jacob deGrom and Zack Wheeler have also homered this season, giving Mets pitchers four home runs — tying the franchise record set in 2016.
Tyler Mahle limited the Mets to one run on four hits with seven strikeouts over five innings. The right-hander retired eight of the nine batters he faced following Syndergaard’s homer.
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