Game Recap: Mets Fight Back In 6-5 Win Over Cardinals

The New York Mets (15-6) defeated the St. Louis Cardinals (13-9) at Busch Stadium by a score of 6-5 in ten innings on the heels of a Jay Bruce go-ahead solo home run in the top of the tenth on Tuesday night.

Pitching

The Cardinals jumped on Zack Wheeler in the first. Matt Carpenter led off the game with a walk, then Tommy Pham homered to straightaway center field, giving St. Louis a 2-0 lead.

Wheeler was helped out by a nice running catch in left center by Michael Conforto as he worked around a Kolten Wong one-out double in a scoreless second. He issued a leadoff walk in the third, but again was able to get out of the inning unharmed.

The Cardinals added two more runs in the fourth. Another Wong double, this time scoring Paul DeJong who had been hit by a pitch, increased the Cardinals lead to 3-1. Wong then came into score as Luke Weaver singled him home.

Wheeler was pulled for a pinch hitter in the top of the fifth, his final line was four innings, six hits, four runs, two walks, and three strikeouts.

Matt Harvey struggled in his first inning out of the bullpen, as he came on in relief of Wheeler in the fifth. Harvey retired the first two batters he faced, but allowed a pair of two-out doubles to Dexter Fowler and DeJong, allowing the Cardinals to retake a 5-4 lead.

Harvey came back out for the sixth, and walked one in a scoreless inning.

Paul Sewald continued his strong string of pitching performances, tossing a pair of scoreless innings. He has a 1.74 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings so far this season.

Robert Gsellman worked some magic to get out of trouble in the ninth. He issued a leadoff walk to Carpenter, followed by a Tommy Pham single.

Gsellman then struck out Jose Martinez and was able to get Marcell Ozuna to roll into a 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning. Gsellman was awarded his third win of the season.

Jeurys Familia bounced back by striking out a pair in a 1-2-3 tenth inning, securing his ninth save of the season.

Hitting

After the Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, the Mets struck right back in the top of the second to cut the lead to 2-1. Todd Frazier led off the inning with a walk. Jay Bruce was then gifted a triple as Marcell Ozuna misplayed a ball in left.

However, Adrian Gonzalez was robbed of a hit on a beautiful play by Kolten Wong, Tomas Nido struck out on three pitches, and Wheeler grounded out to strand Bruce at third.

Luke Weaver lost command in the top of the fifth, issuing back-to-back two-out walks to Wilmer Flores and Conforto. Yoenis Cespedes made him pay for it in a big way, as he absolutely crushed a 3-1 fastball a projected 463 feet away to tie the game at 4.

The Mets fought back to tie the game in the eighth. Frazier drew a walk leading off the inning, he then went first to third on a Bruce single. Frazier then scored the tying run on a Gonzalez sacrifice fly.

With two outs in the top of the tenth, Jay Bruce gave the Mets a 6-5 lead with a solo home run to straightaway centerfield. Bruce had three hits on the night.

On Deck

Steven Matz will face off with Michael Wacha as the Mets look to take the second game of this three-game set. The game can be seen on SNY and heard on 710 WOR. First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 p.m.

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