Noah Syndergaard
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Wilson Ramos gets on the board with a grand slam while Noah Syndergaard walks the ballpark in the New York Mets loss to Houston.

Robby Sabo

An 8-7 thriller at Port St. Lucie eventually went to the Houston Astros on Saturday afternoon, but that doesn’t mean the New York Mets failed to show.

New Mets catcher Wilson Ramos injected his name in the spring training home run column with authority. In the bottom of the first inning,

The other Amazin’ home run was stroked by lefty Michael Conforto. His came in the first inning of the solo variety.

Mikey C. finished 2-for-3 with two runs and two ribbies. Ramos ended his day 3-for-4 with a run and four runs batted in (all via the grand slam).

On the mound, Noah Syndergaard took the ball from Mickey Callaway and produced a mixed bag. Though he struck out four batters, he also relented a run on no hits and five walks.

After the game, the man the kids call Thor discussed the positives in struggling in the spring, via Tim Healey of Newsday.

“I always think it’s great to struggle,” said Syndergaard, who walked five of his 13 batters. “It separates the men from the boys, how you react and how you make adjustments. I think that once you start the game, you realize you don’t necessarily have your best stuff, you have to make adjustments and really pitch.”

For Houston, Justin Verlander pitched three innings while giving up one run on two hits. A.J. Reed and Derek Fisher both hit bombs in the game.

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