The New York Mets (15-8) fell to the St. Louis Cardinals (15-9) by a score of 4-3 in the rubber game of their series on Thursday afternoon at Busch Stadium that ended on a walk-off hit in the 13th inning.
Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 2.86 ERA) was tabbed as the Mets starter and continued to give the Mets the quality pitching they’ve needed.
Syndergaard started the day off by retiring his first 10 batters before giving up a hit. The hit didn’t disturb him much at all as he continued to mow down hitters and didn’t give up another hit until the seventh.
He ran into a roadblock in the seventh inning as he gave up a leadoff double to Tommy Pham and a RBI single to Marcell Ozuna. Paul DeJong then hit a two-out double to put runners on second and third, but Syndergaard was able to escape with a 2-1 lead.
With runners on first and third, Syndergaard was pulled in favor of Robert Gsellman who proceeded to give up the lead on a RBI single from Pham before recording the third out.
Despite the no-decision, this was Syndergaard’s best start of the season thus far as he went a season-high 7 1/3 innings and held the Cardinals to six hits, two runs (one earned) and no walks, while striking out seven batters.
Seth Lugo came on in the ninth and ran into some trouble as he allowed two base runners with one out. However, he was able to retire the next two batters to send the Mets into extra innings.
AJ Ramos pitched the 11th inning and had a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts.
The Mets’ offense took on Cardinals’ ace Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.43 ERA) for the second time this season. The last time they saw him was on Opening Day when they scored five runs (four earned) off of him. Since then he had only given up one run in 27 1/3 innings.
The Mets got off to a quick start against Martinez this time around. After Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pitch, Yoenis Cespedes doubled him in one pitch later. However, Martinez did not let that get the best of him and prevented the Mets from getting another hit until the fourth inning and from getting another run until the seventh.
That second run was a result of two consecutive singles and then a sac fly from the bat of Cespedes.
The Mets were then kept off the board until the 10th inning. At first it looked like they’d go another inning without scoring as the first two batters were set down in order, but the Mets didn’t give up. Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and Adrian Gonzalez loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. Jose Lobaton then drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk.
Cespedes was the Mets’ best offensive performer as he went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Bruce was the only other Met with a multi-hit game, but Nimmo did get on base three times after getting hit by a pitch twice and getting a single.
Jacob deGrom (2-0, 2.53) will look to give the Mets back-to-back quality starts as he takes on Clayton Richard (1-2, 5.67 ERA) of the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 pm EDT and the game will be broadcasted on SNY and WOR.