Harper, Nats win 4th in row, steal it from Syndergaard, Mets

NEW YORK (AP) - Bryce Harper hit two doubles and became the latest player to steal a base against Noah Syndergaard, helping A.J. Cole post his first major league win as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Friday night.
Washington won its fourth in a row and increased its NL East bulge over the wild card-contending Mets to 10 1/2 games.
Like a lot of teams, the Nationals came out running on Syndergaard, swiping four bases in the early innings. Tall and slow to the plate, he's had 45 runners steal with him on the mound - the most against any pitcher since Hideo Nomo in 2001, ESPN Stats & Info said.
Only six runners have been caught with Syndergaard pitching. Before the game, Mets manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard had improved at holding runners on base.


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