The Mets beat the Cardinals Thursday afternoon at a windy Citi Field, taking three out of four in the series against the defending National League champs.
Bartolo Colon was perfect through three innings until giving up a single with one out in the fourth. But it wasn’t until the fifth that the Cardinals got on the board. With two outs Kolten Wong singled and Tony Cruz doubled to bring him home to make it a 1-0 game. Opposing pitcher Lance Lynn followed with the easiest comebacker in the history of comebackers, but somehow it hit off of Colon’s glove instead of going into it. The error left runners on first and third. But Colon struck out red-hot Matt Carpenter (7-14 in the first three games of the series) to end the inning.
Chris Young tied things up with his first home run as a Met, a massive blast into the second deck in left field. Bobby Abreu followed with his first hit as a Met, a double to left.
They took the lead in the sixth. Eric Young bunted to lead off the inning, but Lynn’s throw to first ended up in right field. Young went to second on the error. Daniel Murphy hit a fly ball to center just out of reach of the diving Jon Jay. It went for an RBI double as the Mets took a 2-1 lead. David Wright was hit by a pitch. But Lynn got out of it, striking out Duda, getting Chris Young on a pop up and getting Abreu to ground out.
Anthony Recker led off the seventh with a walk. Ruben Tejada sacrificed him to second. Curtis Granderson came up to pinch hit for Colon, ripping a single right past the second baseman to drive in Recker to make it 3-1. The throw to the plate was cut off and Granderson was hung up between first and second and was tagged out. Eric Young tripled and came home when Murphy dumped a single into left to extend the Mets lead to 4-1.
Colon went seven strong innings, allowing one run on four hits. he struck out eight Cardinals and did not walk a batter.
Carlos Torres walked two batters in the eighth and was lifted in favor of Scott Rice with two outs. He got Matt Adams on a comebacker to end the inning.
With Kyle Farnsworth apparently unavailable, Daisuke Matsuzaka came on for the save attempt. He retired the Cardinals in order for his first MLB save.
Mets win 4-1.