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.
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. He struck out again in the eighth with one out and no one on base.
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)PitchersWhoRake.''
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.