June 17: Mets (31-40) 2, Cardinals (39-32) 5
The Cardinals’ Michael Wacha impressed in his six solid innings as held the New York Mets to just five hits and one run in St. Louis’ 5-2 victory at home. The Cards used two home runs and a pair of two-run innings to down New York.
The Mets were the first ones to threaten in the game as they got two runners on with only one out in the top of the second. Wacha tight-roped out of the inning, however, to escape the jam.
Yadier Molina put the first run on the board in the game in the bottom of the same inning. He jumped on an 0-1 offering from starter Jonathan Niese and belted his sixth home run of the season to open the frame.
David Wright brought the Mets right back into the game when he led off the top of the fourth in the same fashion. He sent a 2-2 pitch from Wacha over the left-field wall for his fifth long ball of the season.
With the game tied at one apiece, the Cardinals made the Mets pay for a couple of missed opportunities in both the fifth and sixth innings. The Mets failed to score after getting runners on second and third in the fifth, and again with runners on the corners in the sixth. On the flip side, St. Louis put up two runs in each inning to take a 5-1 lead.
In the fifth, Jon Jay tripled home Daniel Descalso for the go-ahead run. Matt Holliday then doubled him in a batter later to push the Cards’ cushion to two.
In the sixth, Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos each made New York pay for a costly two-out error when they each contributed RBI singles.
With reliever Jason Motte on the hill, Lucas Duda brought in the Mets’ second and final run when he led off the ninth with a solo shot to right. However, that was all the offense New York could muster as Pat Neshek eventually came in to shut the door for his second save of the season.
Wacha moved to 5-5 on the season with the win. He struck out seven and walked two. Meanwhile, Niese fell to 3-4 and allowed three earned runs in the loss. He walked one and allowed eight hits.