Fisher steals three and Morton blanks Mets

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Derek Fisher stole three bases and scored the Astros’ first run off Noah Syndergaard on Friday, leading Houston to a 2-0 win over the Mets at First Data Field.

Running at will against Syndergaard, who allowed the most stolen bases in Major League Baseball by a wide margin last season, Fisher singled and swiped his first two bags in the second inning. Then he singled again, stole second, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Reid Brignac‘s RBI single in the fifth.

Fisher's third stolen base

Fisher’s havoc accounted for the only run against Syndergaard in six innings. The Mets’ Opening Day starter, Syndergaard struck out five and walked none, allowing four hits. He’ll make one final tune-up start Wednesday — likely an abbreviated outing before the team breaks camp.

Astros starter Charlie Morton blanked the Mets over 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and walking two. Trailing by two runs thanks to a J.D. Davis solo homer, the Mets loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth inning, but Desmond Lindsay struck out, Ty Kelly lined out and Kevin Plawecki hit a ground ball back to pitcher Michael Freeman to end the Mets’ best threat.

Syndergaard on his outing

Astros Up Next: Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran return to the lineup for the Astros, and Lance McCullers Jr. will make his fourth and final start of Grapefruit League play when they face the Nationals at 12:05 p.m. CT Saturday at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.

Mets Up Next: While Jacob deGrom stays back in Port St. Lucie to start a Minor League game, Rafael Montero will start the Mets’ 1:05 p.m. ET Saturday game against the Braves at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex. A fringe candidate to make the Mets’ Opening Day bullpen, Montero is more likely ticketed for a spot at Triple-A Las Vegas. The game can be seen on MLB.TV.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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