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Noah Syndergaard has a one-hitter through six but is losing 2-0

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I made a poor choice today. With two day games on, I picked the Royals-Tigers game over the Nationals-Mets game. Yes, I know the Mets and Nats are both better teams than either the Royals or Tigers, but I’ve watched both of those teams 2-3 times this past week and I wanted a change.

Bonus: the Royals and Tigers inspired me. Their matchup made me imagine a book proposal in which the author would follow the Tigers, Royals and White Sox this year as they “fight” for third place, but cover the “race” in the same tenor and tone as a real pennant race. I don’t have time to do that, but I feel like it would make for a good story. Three or four innings in and I realized that the flaw to that ideas is that you’d, you know, have to watch a ton of Tigers, Royals and White Sox games and that’s not something anyone could do easily. I’d need a big, big advance to take on that project.

Anyway, I looked up at the Mets-Nats scoreboard and saw that Noah Syndergaard had a no-hitter going into the sixth inning. So I quickly switched over and as soon as I did . . . Victor Robles hit a solo shot to left field for a homer. The no-hitter was over. It was only then that I realized — and I’m not sure how I missed it — Syndergaard didn’t even have a shutout going before the Robles homer. He surrendered a run in the second by walking two guys, uncorking a wild pitch and then giving up a sac fly.

So it’s now 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth. Syndergaard has give up only one hit on 98 pitches and . . . stands to be the loser.

Oh, and his opponent, Stephen Strasburg, has a one-hitter going through six and hasn’t allowed a run. That’s a bit more normal, yes?

Red Sox end Astros’ 10-game winning streak

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The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.

Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.

The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.

At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.