Syndergaard takes Mets’ perfecto into 7th

thorThe New York Mets’ Noah Syndergaard retired the first 18 San Diego Padres he faced on Tuesday, losing his perfect game when Will Venable led off the seventh inning with a single.

The Mets rookie fireballer worked out of the seventh-inning jam to protect a 2-0 lead and ended the night throwing eight innings with no runs, three hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The Mets won 4-0 to pull within one game of the first-place Washington Nationals in the National League East.