Riding a four-game losing streak, the Mets were facing a pitcher on Tuesday making his major league debut. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to get back to winnings ways. Well, the by the time the feeble Mets offense got to him, it was a case of too little, too late because the Cardinals potent offense was busy destroying Mets pitching.
The Cardinals jumped all over Dillon Gee in the first. Matt Carpenter led off with a walk. Carlos Beltran hit a grounder to Ike Davis. He tried to throw to second base to start a double play; instead he hit Beltran with the throw and the error put runners on first and third. Matt Holliday doubled just over the outstretched glove of Juan Lagares in center to score Carpenter and move Holliday to third. Allen Craig singled and just like that it was 3-0 before Gee could record an out. Gee was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs.
A single and a walk put runners on first and second with one out in the fourth. Pete Kozma singled past Justin Turner, in at short in a desperate attempt for offense, to plate one run to make it 4-0. After starter John Gast struck out trying to sacrifice for the second out, Carpenter singled to right to extend the Cardinals lead to 5-0. Beltran then singled up the middle to score another run — 6-0 Cards.
Gee lasted four miserable innings, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with three walks and five strike outs. He is now 2-5 with a 6.13 ERA.
Robert Carson was even worse. He walked the first two batters in the fifth, including Gast who was trying to sacrifice. After getting one out, Beltran hit a blast into the second deck in left field. The 437-foot home run made it a 9-0 game.
With one out in the sixth Daniel Murphy singled. David Wright walked and John Buck singled to left to score Murphy and put runners on first and third. Lucas Duda hit a sharp grounder to the first baseman. He stepped on first for the second out and Buck was hung up between first and second. However the Cardinals botched the rundown and Buck was safe at second. Wright also scored on the play to make it 9-2. That extended the inning, and that was bad news for Gast because Marlon Byrd took him deep to cut the lead to 9-4.
Carson was back on the mound for the bottom of the sixth, and he was no better in his second inning of work. Jon Jay hit a ball over the wall that was just out of the reach of Lagares to make it 10-4. Carson’s ERA now stands at 12.00. That is not good.
Mets lose their fifth straight, 10-4.