The Mets (32-40) salvaged the final game of the three-game series against the Cardinals (39-33) 3-2 at Busch Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Bartolo Colon, who has been terrific his last few starts, was terrific again, pitching eight innings allowing just one run on four hits. He only recorded one strikeout, but didn’t allow a walk in his 86 pitches. The only run came in the bottom of the first inning, when Cardinals Matt Carpenter led off the game with a solo home run. After that one blemish, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way for Colon, who set down the Cards in order almost every inning he was out there.
Jenrry Mejia came on to close the game out in the ninth but was lifted after allowing a run. Carpenter led off the ninth with a double and would eventually be driven in by Allen Craig on an infield single. Mejia would be replaced by Dana Eveland with two out. Eveland would get Matt Adams to ground out ending the game and securing the win for the Mets.
The Mets offense was having difficulty yet again getting to opposing pitching. Manager Terry Collins marched out another different lineup hoping to change things. It would be status quo until the sixth inning, when the least likely to start an offensive attack was the one who did. Colon was trying to help his own cause out and not waste a tremendous outing, by hitting a leadoff double. Eric Young Jr. would drive him in hitting a double of his own. After moving to third on a Daniel Murphy ground out, Young would score on a RBI single by David Wright. The Mets would score again in the seventh inning which would prove as the game-winner on a ground-rule RBI double by Eric Young Jr.
Although eight hits doesn’t sound like a tremendous amount, the Mets offense showed some signs of life in the finale. Curtis Granderson extended his streak by reaching base safely on three walks. Daniel Murphy closed the gap for NL hits leader with his single in the fourth inning.
The Mets continue their seven-game road trip with a four-game series in Miami where they will face the Marlins. Zack Wheeler (2-7, 4.38) will start in the opener on Thursday against Andrew Heaney (0-0, 0.00) who is making his major league debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 PM.