The Mets aren’t happening with no battle, however that alone wasn’t sufficient on Tuesday evening.
After quickly staving off defeat with Javier Baez’s game-tying house run within the backside of the ninth, the Mets nonetheless suffered a crushing loss in 11 innings, falling to the Cardinals 7-6 at Citi Field.
Jake Reed, who was activated off the injured checklist earlier within the day, gave up three runs on three singles within the high of the eleventh after the Mets had already used up Aaron Loup, Jeurys Familia, Trevor May, Edwin Diaz and Heath Hembree to cowl 4 innings of reduction — with Seth Lugo seemingly unavailable.
Pete Alonso drilled an RBI double within the backside of the eleventh to make it 7-5 earlier than the Cardinals deliberately walked Baez. After Jeff McNeil grounded right into a fielder’s alternative, Kevin Pillar reached on an error that scored Alonso to get the Mets inside one run.
But pinch-hitter Albert Almora Jr. grounded out to finish the sport because the Mets (72-74) dropped their second straight recreation, their playoff hopes taking one other hit with time operating out.
The Mets had a primary probability to win it within the backside of the tenth after placing runners on the corners with one out. But Alex Reyes received Francisco Lindor to floor right into a double play — completely executed by Paul Goldschmidt, who fielded the ball, stepped on first and threw house to Yadier Molina, who gunned out Pillar in a rundown to flee the jam.
Baez had labored his magic within the backside of the ninth, main off with a solo house run that tied the sport 4-4 and had the group of 21,825 chanting his title, which he answered with a curtain name. It was the Mets’ first hit since Baez’s bunt single within the first inning.
Baez’s homer took Familia off the hook. For the primary time all season, Familia was entrusted with a one-run result in begin the eighth inning. He promptly handed it again as he served up a two-run shot to O’Neill that gave the Cardinals a 4-3 lead. Two batters later, Familia was changed by May — one of many Mets’ common eighth-inning arms — who stranded a pair of runners and recorded the ultimate two outs of the inning.
The Mets took an early lead towards Cardinals starter Jake Woodford with a four-hit first inning — the identical quantity of hits they mustered in six scoreless innings towards Adam Wainwright on Monday.
Jonathan Villar, Francisco Lindor and Michael Conforto led off with three straight singles to go up 1-0. After Alonso grounded right into a double play, Baez popped a bunt single that fell simply out of the attain of a diving Woodford to attain Lindor from third, making it 2-0.
Marcus Stroman recorded six strikeouts by means of three no-hit innings earlier than the Cardinals lastly received to him within the fourth. Goldschmidt led off with a double and got here round to attain on O’Neill’s single. One out later, Molina singled to place runners on the corners and Dylan Carlson cashed in with a sacrifice fly to tie the sport 2-2.
Stroman helped his personal trigger within the fifth inning, drawing a one-out stroll towards reliever Daniel Ponce de Leon. It was the primary of three straight walks issued by Ponce de Leon, loading the bases earlier than the Cardinals changed him with Kodi Whitley.
Conforto then put the Mets forward 3-2 with a sacrifice fly, scoring Stroman from third.
The Mets missed an opportunity to increase their lead, although, as Alonso struck out to finish the rally. He broke his bat over his knee in frustration as he fell additional into an 0-for-19 stoop — which grew to become 0-for-20 earlier than snapping it with a double within the eleventh.
Stroman gave up simply two runs throughout six innings whereas hanging out eight, however was eliminated after 89 pitches for Loup, who labored a fast high of the seventh inning, defending the 3-2 lead.