The Mets (31-40) dropped their second game in a row to the Cardinals (39-32) at Busch Stadium 5-2 on Tuesday night and have been outscored 11-4 so far in the series.
Jon Niese, who hasn’t won a game since May 22, tossed six innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits, while walking one and struck out three. In the second inning, he allowed a home run to Yadier Molina to put the Cardinals up 1-0, then in the fifth, Niese gave up an RBI triple to Jon Jay and a RBI double to Matt Holliday, to put the Cardinals up 3-1. In the sixth inning, RBI singles by Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos, extended the Red Birds lead to 5-1.
Offensively, the Mets tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth inning, on David Wright‘s fifth home run of the season. They added their second and only run of the game, when Lucas Duda launched a solo shot to right field in the top of the ninth, to make the score 5-2.
The Mets look to salvage the final game of their three game series with the Cardinals on Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 1:45 pm. Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15), will face off against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn (7-2, 3.16).
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