SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kennedy threw six strong innings and outpitched rookie sensation Noah Syndergaard, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 7-2 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Kennedy (3-5) broke a four-start losing streak as he held the Mets to two runs and six hits.
Syndergaard (2-3) flashed enough quality pitches to strike out 10 but the Padres reached the righty for seven runs and 10 hits in four innings. It was Syndergaard’s shortest of his five career starts.
Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Alexi Amarista and Will Venable drove in two runs each in a four-run second inning.
Syndergaard had allowed two earned runs in his last 19 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out 16 in his last three starts.
Kennedy had struggled mightily in his last four starts, allowing 20 runs and 24 hits — seven homers — over 19 1/3 innings for a 9.31 ERA.