Bats come alive as Cards pound Mets 12-4

Bats come alive as Cards pound Mets 12-4

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 27: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by his teammate (R) Ty Wigginton #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals as he and (L) Shane Robinson #43 of the St. Louis Cardinals score in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Tradition Field on February 27, 2013 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 27 at 5:21 PM

(AP) — Carlos Beltran hit a two-run double in a four-run third inning, Yadier Molina and John Jay added RBI doubles in the fourth and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the New York Mets 12-4 Wednesday.

The starters in the top five slots in the Cardinals' batting order combined to hit 5-for-10 with four doubles and seven RBIs, and St. Louis finished with 14 hits.

Mets scheduled starter Zack Wheeler was scratched because of a mild oblique strain sustained while swinging a bat in the cage during pregame workouts. Starter Darin Gorski allowed four runs, three hits and three walks in two-plus innings.

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn gave up two runs and four hits in two innings, including John Buck's two-run homer in the second. Michael Wacha, the Cardinals' top selection in last June's amateur draft, followed and allowed one hit in three innings with five strikeouts and no walks.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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