Jeurys Familia picked a bad time to blow his first save of the year, wasting a dramatic Yoenis Cespedes home run that briefly gave the Mets a late lead. Familia would also lose the game as the Mets dropped the series to the Cardinals.
The Mets settled for just one run in the second when James Loney led off with a double and Neil Walker drove him in with a single. Wilmer Flores followed with another single, but the Mets could not do any more damage.
Two-out doubles by Matt Holliday and Matt Adams off of Logan Verrett in the third gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
It stayed that way until the seventh. Travis d’Arnaud and pinch hitter Alejandro De Aza singled to put runners on first and third with no outs. Two strikeouts later, it looked like another missed opportunity. But Adam Wainwright uncorked a wild pitch to make it 3-2, and then Cespedes hit that two-run homer in an epic battle with Wainwright to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
Jeurys Familia came on for the ninth and blew his first save in 52 games, dating back to last season. A one-out walk and a double tied the score at four. Then a single gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead.
The Mets went quietly in the bottom of the ninth and they lose a disappointing one, 5-4.