We are used to the Mets failing to get timely hitting. But on Tuesday night they added some poor defense to the mix and of course it resulted in another loss to the Cardinals.
Yadier Molina led off the second inning with a home run as the Cardinals got on the board first.
David Wright tied it up in the fourth when he led off with a solo shot of his own.
The Mets got runners to second and third with two outs in the fifth but Daniel Murphy struck out to end the inning.
Jonathon Niese started the bottom of the fifth inning by hitting Daniel Descalso. He went to second on a sacrifice bunt. With one out Jon Jay tripled to make it a 2-1 game. He came around on a Matt Holliday double to give the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
Wright led off the sixth with a double. It gave the struggling Wright his first multi-hit game in two weeks. With one Lucas Duda walked. Wright advanced to third on a fly out but was stranded there when Ruben Tejada struck out.
Shoddy defense plagued the Mets in the sixth. Jhonny Peralta doubled with one out. With two outs Descalso hit a grounder to second that Murphy botched. However, he still had time to get him at first but for some reason Duda had strayed away from the bag. So instead of ending the inning, the error on Murphy put runners on first and third. Pinch hitter Kolten Wong singled to make it 4-1 and move Descalso to third. During Peter Bourjos’s at bat, Wong attempted to steal second. Anthony Recker made a fine throw but just as Murphy was about to place the tag, Descalso faked running home. Murphy threw to third and Descalso easily got back. Had Murphy placed the tag Wong would have been out and the inning would have been over. Instead of course, Bourjos reached on an infield single to make it 5-1.
Niese went six innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked one.
Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a home run to make it 5-2. Eric Campbell followed with a pinch hit ground rule double. That was all for Jason Motte. Pat Neshek came on to get Tejada on a comebacker. Matt den Dekker pinch hit and popped out to short right. Eric Young popped out to center to end the game.
Mets lose 5-2. They try to salvage at least the final game of the series Wednesday afternoon.