NEW YORK — The Philadelphia Phillies 10-day, three-city road trip could not have ended any worse.
New York Mets prized prospect Noah Syndergaard pitched six-hit ball into the eighth inning and connected for his first major league home run in a 7-0 victory over the Phillies, the fourth consecutive loss for Philadelphia.
"We started the road trip off pretty well," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "But to lose the last four is not the way I'd like to have ended."
The Phillies have lost seven in a row at Citi Field.
Syndergaard (2-2) struck out six in 7 1-3 innings and went 3 for 3 at the plate, hitting a long home run in the fourth off right-hander Sean O'Sullivan (1-4).
"Syndergaard was a one-man show today," Sandberg said. "He got it done with the bat and pitching."
O'Sullivan was charged with seven runs in 5 2-3 innings. He struggled with the longball, giving up four homers. He walked one and struck out two in dropping his sixth consecutive road decision and has not won away from home since 2011.
The seven earned runs are the most the right-hander has allowed since June 2, 2011.
"Everything felt real flat right from the get-go," he said. "Seven runs is equally frustrating no matter how they get them."
Mets first baseman Lucas Duda homered twice in support of Syndergaard, who did not allow an extra-base hit and walked none in the longest start of his young career.
"I think the more you're out there the more you know you belong here," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "When that takes place, you have more confidence in your stuff and you're not afraid to miss and that's the way he pitched he pitched today."
The Phillies had their best chance to finally break through against Syndergaard in the seventh when Maikel Franco and Grady Sizemore, who had two hits, had back-to-back singles to start the inning. With two runners on for only the second time in the game, Odubel Herrera bounced into a double play. Cameron Rupp then struck out to end the threat.
"You got to be ready for a mistake and he wasn't making any," Rupp said. "It was a heck of a day for him, even at the plate. It was his day."
After an off day, the Phillies return home for nine games.
"We have played good baseball at home," Sandberg said. "We start if off with Hamels and Harang, hopefully we'll get off to a good start."
Duda had three hits. His first-inning drive gave Syndergaard all the offense he'd need. Duda homered again leading off the fifth.
"He hit them both really hard," O'Sullivan said.
Michael Cuddyer also homered for the Mets as they matched the run support they gave Syndergaard in his first three major league starts combined.
The Mets broke the game open with three runs in the third, on Daniel Murphy's RBI single and Cuddyer's two-run homer.
The Mets added a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Curtis Granderson.
Mets: Collins did not provide a detailed update on rehabbing reliever Vic Black but did say that, "it was good to see that he went back-to-back (games) and had another decent inning". Collins also said that there is "no concern" over the "dead-arm stuff" that he suggested was plaguing pitcher Matt Harvey following his last start.
Phillies: After concluding their season-long stretch of 20 consecutive games without a day off, the Phillies will have Thursday off before welcoming the Colorado Rockies for a three-game series in their only visit to Citizens Bank Ballpark. Cole Hamels (5-3, 2.98 ERA) takes the hill in the series opener against Chad Betts (1-0, 4.19 ERA). Hamels defeated Colorado on May 18, allowing 1 run in 7 1-3 innings, striking out seven.
Mets: The Mets have Thursday off before welcoming the Miami Marlins to Citi Field for a three-game series. The Mets swept a four-game set from the Marlins in April. Matt Harvey (5-2, 2.91 ERA) takes to the mound for the Mets looking to rebound from his last start, when he gave up a career-worst seven runs and six hits in four innings against Pittsburgh. Harvey will be opposed by Dan Haren (4-2, 3.09 ERA).