PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Mets starter Noah Syndergaard turned in a solid third start of the spring, while Chris Young's three-run homer highlighted the Red Sox offense in Boston's 9-4 Grapefruit League win at Tradition Field on Sunday.
Syndergaard had his longest outing of the spring, allowing two runs -- only one earned -- on six hits. The right-hander struck out five and walked none.
"I'm really impressed with the way he's throwing the ball," said Mets manager Terry Collins of his right-hander. "He's having a good spring. Today was a really, really good outing for him."
Young's three-run homer off left-hander Jerry Blevins off the scoreboard in left-center in the top of the sixth provided the Red Sox with a 5-3 lead after Syndergaard had left the game with the Mets hanging onto a 3-2 lead.
The Red Sox grabbed a 1-0 lead against Syndergaard in the top of the fourth when Xander Bogaerts doubled to left-center with one out and scored on a single to left by Travis Shaw. Syndergaard then recorded his fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game to escape further damage.
"Not only the three-run homer by him, but the double by Bogaerts, those are two swings, as they're into the flow of their season, that's what you hope to see more regularly, it's good to see it," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "As we get into the final two weeks, you're starting to look for those types of things, the bat path, the timing, the ability to adjust inside of an at-bat. Positives in both regards."
That lead didn't last long as the Mets scored three runs in the top of the fourth, thanks in part to pitching and defensive miscues by the Red Sox. Travis d'Arnaud started the Mets rally with a one-out single and Juan Lagares walked. Two wild pitches by Red Sox reliever Carlos Marmol scored d'Arnaud to tie the game. Legares made it 2-1 when he stole home on the back end of a double steal and an RBI single by David Wright extended the Mets lead to 3-1.
Brock Holt's fifth-inning sacrifice fly scored Ryan Hanigan to cut the Mets' lead to 3-2 before Young's go-ahead homer an inning later.
A perfectly executed relay by the Mets denied the Red Sox a run in the top of the second. Hanigan drove a Syndergaard pitch to right that Curtis Granderson tracked to the wall, fired a strike to second baseman Neil Walker, who completed the relay to d'Arnaud to cut down David Murphy at the plate. Murphy had singled with two outs for the first hit off Syndergaard and was trying to score from first on Hanigan's hit.
The Mets loaded the bases in the bottom of the second on three walks by Red Sox starter Heath Hembree, but Hembree escaped the jam when he induced a grounder to short by Matt Reynolds.
Hembree pitched two scoreless innings, allowing no hits, but he issued the three walks among his 34 pitches.
Up next for the Mets: Right-hander Jacob deGrom, who has allowed only one run over six spring innings, makes his third Grapefruit League start on Monday against the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The scheduled starter for the Marlins is Jarred Cosart.
Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.