Rhea Mahbubani

Bumgarner, Giants Avoid Sweep, Top Mets

NEW YORK — Players were told to expect a long day at the park Sunday because of constant rain in the area. When the skies cleared, the Giants made sure Noah Syndergaard had a short one by his standards.

Syndergaard pitched a season-low 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs in the fourth that held up for a 6-1 Giants win at Citi Field. Madison Bumgarner did his part in a matchup of aces, throwing six scoreless innings to pick up his third win.

The game-changing rally was one in which the players and coaches did just about everything right. Matt Duffy lined a two-strike breaking ball up the middle and easily stole second. He went to third on Buster Posey’s liner the other way, and with one out, manager Bruce Bochy put Posey in motion. Brandon Belt hit a grounder to second that would have ended the inning, but the only play was at first since Posey was running. Duffy scored.

Hunter Pence followed by lining a 98 mph fastball just over the wall in right for a two-run homer. The blast was the first this season given up by Syndergaard, who entered with a 1.69 ERA.

Bumgarner didn’t have many clean innings, but he wasn’t in any danger until the sixth. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera. He went down looking on a perfect fastball on the inside corner.

Starting pitching report: Bumgarner gave up six hits and walked three. He struck out seven. Bumgarner has thrown 18 straight scoreless innings at Citi Field, the longest scoreless streak by an opposing pitcher in the park’s history.

Bullpen report: Javier Lopez entered in the seventh to face Michael Conforto. He threw one pitch. It was a strike. Conforto flied out to center. Lopez exited.

At the plate: Brandon Crawford pulled a 97 mph fastball into right field for the first Giants hit against Syndergaard. According to baseballsavant.com, it was the first Giants hit this season on a pitch thrown above 96.

In the field: Crawford made a sliding stop of Kevin Plawecki’s hard grounder up the middle in the fourth and quickly popped up with a perfect throw to first.

Attendance: The Mets announced a crowd of 39,077 human beings who mostly stayed home.

Up next: Johnny Cueto returns to Cincinnati, where he pitched from 2008 through last July.

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