New York-Throughout this series, both the New York Mets and St. Louis Cardinals have struggled offensively. Entering the final game of their series Thursday afternoon, the two teams scored five runs a piece over the first three games of the series. The Mets were able to find some late offense, supporting Bartolo Colon's strong start and rewarding him with a 4-1 win.
The game started off as a pitcher's duel between Colon and Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn. The Cardinals would strike first against Colon in the fifth inning, when Kolten Wong reached on a single with two outs. With the pitcher due up next, Colon (2-3, 4.50 ERA) opted to pitch to back up catcher Tony Cruz and got burned when he left a slider hanging over the middle of the plate. Cruz dumped it into the left center field gap for an RBI double, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
The Mets would answer in the bottom of the frame, when Chris Young hit a massive home run into the second deck in left field to tie the game at one. The solo shot was Young's first home run of the year. The Mets grabbed the lead in the sixth after Eric Young Jr reached on an error by Lynn (4-1, 3.30 ERA). Daniel Murphy then followed with a bloop double to left center, bringing Young home to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
The Mets extended their lead in the seventh as Curtis Granderson delivered a pinch hit RBI single against reliever Kevin Siegrist. Granderson's pinch hit single made it 3-1, although Granderson was caught in a rundown for the second out. Eric Young tripled and was driven home again by Murphy, who made it a 4-1 lead and capped the scoring. The Cardinals tried to make it interesting in the eighth, getting the tying runs on against reliever Carlos Torres, but Scott Rice came in and induced a ground ball from Matt Adams to end the threat.
The series win was clutch for the Mets, who improved to 8-5 on the season against 2013 playoff teams. The Mets have shown they can handle tough competition in the early going, and they will have to maintain this level of competitiveness over the course of the season. Regardless, the Mets are 12-10 at a point in the year when many thought they could be multiple games under .500 given their schedule. It is a good start, and the Mets just might be capable of building on it given their strong starting pitching.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game award goes to Mets' starting pitcher Bartolo Colon. Colon picked up his second win of the year by going seven strong innings against the Cardinals (12-11). Colon allowed only one run on four hits while walking none and striking out eight.
Post Game Notes:
- The Mets held the Cardinals to four hits on the day.
- Daniel Murphy was the leading man for the Mets' offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double, two RBI's, and a walk on the afternoon.
- Bobby Abreu collected his first hit as a Met when he doubled in the fifth inning.
- With Kyle Farnsworth unavailable, Daisuke Matsuzaka worked the ninth to record his first major league save.
- The Mets are now 4-3 on their 10 game home stand.
The Mets (12-10) will get their first look at their division rivals, the Miami Marlins, tomorrow night as they open a three game weekend series. The Marlins have played well in the early going, checking in with a 10-12 record over their first 22 games. Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.63 ERA) will look to pick up his second win of the year for the Mets. The Marlins will counter with right hander Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.66 ERA). First pitch for tomorrow night's game at Citi Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm.
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