Collins: Mets not anxious about Syndergaard's finger issues

The last thing the New York Mets and Miami Marlins need after their 16-inning marathon on Thursday night is more tied baseball games.

Travis d'Arnaud led off the 16th inning with a home run, giving him a career-high four hits, and the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-8 for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Mets battled back, as they got the tying run in the 8th, as Michael Conforto's double scored D'Arnaud.

Jameson Taillon (1-0) allowed an unearned run and struck out six in seven innings (see full recap). The second nail, on his middle finger, cracked in the sixth inning Friday, forcing his exit from the game.

Collins said since Syndergaard has had two unrelated problems, he doesn't think they're anything to worry about.

After the game, Syndergaard said leaving the game was "frustrating" and told reporters this was an issue he often dealt with in the minor league, but he doesn't know why it's resurfaced now. "I'm not really sure why it flared up now - as simple as it sounds, to maintain my fingernails". It was unclear whether he reinjured the toe during this game, and the Rockies did not immediately say whether he'll miss his next start.

"This is a good team, this is a good baseball team", Collins said. "It's no big deal at all". Five of the Mets' six losses this season have come against the Marlins. In the eighth inning, the Mets were finally able to get their first hit of the game, as Neil Walker hit a base hit against Brad Ziegler. Realmuto hit a 3-2 pitch into the right-center field gap, and Rojas scored without a play.

The Marlins had just enough energy left for an on-field celebration.

"We've got to take that as a positive not a negative", Collins said.

Frazier hit a three-run homer in the ninth.

NY slugger Yoenis Cespedes, who hit two homers Thursday while battling the flu, was limited to a pinch-hitting role in the eighth, when he struck out. Straily didn't allow a hit for 5.1 innings, but he did walk five batters. His start was pushed up a day so he could replace Adam Conley, who pitched the 16th inning and took the loss Thursday.

"In the first inning I was really strong, but after that I was a little exhausted", Volquez said.

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen sits in the dugout after pitching during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Miami.

Senzatela (2-0) allowed three runs on seven hits in seven innings overall.

Lorenzo Cain and Salvador Perez drove in runs off A's starter Jesse Hahn (0-1) in the first, and Brandon Moss added a lazy sacrifice fly in the third.

Our models project Syndergaard for a 3.25 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 219 strikeouts over 185.7 innings remaining this season. But Mets left fielder Michael Conforto meant to keep it that way with this rocket launcher of a throw that kept the game even at 2 apiece. The call stood following a review, which drew boos from spectators who saw the replays differently. The Marlins start a nine-game road trip on Monday at the Seattle Mariners.

  • Salvatore Jensen