The Mets stopped their losing streak at three games Wednesday night, using the long ball to beat the Cardinals.
David Wright doubled with two outs in the first inning off of hotshot rookie Shelby Miller. Murphy singled to drive him in. Lucas Duda then hit a single to right. Carlos Beltran fielded it and thinking Murphy would stop at third, threw a soft toss to second. Except Murphy did not stop and he beat a hurried throw home to make it 2-0.
Lucas Duda made it 3-0 with a solo home run in the fourth. Duda now has 11 home runs and 22 RBIs. What a ratio.
The Cardinals finally broke through against Dillon Gee in the sixth — Allen Craig hit a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Wright got the run back in the bottom of the inning, cracking a home run to center to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. Wright has nine homers to go along with 35 RBIs. Much better.
Gee got the first two outs in the sixth inning but then walked a batter, and Terry Collins came out with the hook. Scott Rice came on to get the final out of the inning.
Gee pitched very well, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out seven and walked two. It was Gee’s third straight solid start as he attempts to hold onto his spot in the rotation with Zack Wheeler looming.
Miller went six innings, and in the seventh, Marlon Byrd added a solo homer of his own to extend the Mets lead to 5-1.
Brandon Lyon and Bobby Parnell pitched perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, to close things out.
Mets win 5-1.