LOS ANGELES (AP) Noah Syndergaard became the second pitcher in Mets history to hit two home runs in a game on Wednesday night, giving New York a 4-2 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers through five innings.
Syndergaard hit a three-run shot off Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning after tagging the Dodgers starter for a solo homer in the third.
Walt Terrell was the first Mets pitcher to hit two homers in a game at Wrigley Field on Aug. 6, 1983.
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The last major league pitcher to homer twice in a game was Arizona's Micah Owings, who accomplished the feat against Atlanta on Aug. 18, 2007. Jim Tobin of the Boston Braves holds the modern-day big league record for pitchers with three home runs in a game against the Chicago Cubs on May 13, 1942.
With a chance to tie Tobin's mark, Syndergaard struck out with the bases loaded in the sixth.
In a post on his Twitter page , Owings congratulated Syndergaard on matching his feat: ''Like (at)Kerry Wood told (at)Max Scherzer tonight,'' Owings wrote, referring to Scherzer's 20-strikeout game Wednesday night. ''(at)NoahSyndergaard `welcome to the club!' RESPECT. (hash)PitchersWho Rake.''
Last Saturday, Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon hit the first home run of his career at age 42 in San Diego.
Syndergaard had been 0 for 8 this season. He has three career homers – two this season. He had just four career RBIs coming in and doubled that total Wednesday. In the third, Syndergaard homered into the right-field pavilion on the first pitch. He connected on a 2-2 pitch in the fifth.
His first career homer came last May 27 against Philadelphia, when he went 3 for 3.