NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard deserved a win Monday, his teammates delivered in the nick of time -- and then the ninth inning happened.
New York improves to 35-30 and remains in first place in the National League East, 1.5 games in front of the Washington Nationals. Toronto sees its 11-game winning streak snapped and falls to 34-30.
More on Syndergaard and co.: The Mets' 22-year-old rookie starter gave up just one run on two hits in six innings of work, striking out a career-high 11 batters. Bautista took him deep in the first inning, but that was the only blemish. Still, the Mets were trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the sixth, with Syndergaard having already thrown 109 pitches.
Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle had given up just one hit in the first five innings, but the Mets scored twice in the sixth with some help from an old friend (see below) to give Syndergaard a chance for a win.
After Syndergaard, Carlos Torres pitched a perfect seventh. Jack Leathersich got two outs in the eighth. With a runner on first and two outs, Familia came on to face the very dangerous Josh Donaldson, striking him out. But he couldn't finish the job in the ninth.
Hansel Robles gave up the run in the 11th, but still got the win.
The early runs: Buehrle was perfect until Duda led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a double -- Duda was stranded there.
Kevin Plawecki led off the bottom of the sixth, reaching on a very costly throwing error by ex-Met Jose Reyes. Syndergaard bunted Plawecki over to second, Juan Lagares drove Plawecki home with a double, and then Ruben Tejada drove Lagares home with a double of his own. Suddenly the Mets were in front.
What's next: The second of two between these squads in Queens before they head north of the border to play two more. It'll be Matt Harvey (6-4, 3.62) for the Mets opposed by fellow righty Scott Copeland (1-0, 0.90), with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday.