(BaseballStL) — For three innings the Cardinals were enjoying a windy New York night as Michael Wacha cruised, notching a franchise-record nine strikeouts.
St. Louis leapt out to an early lead on Yadier Molina's double, and it appeared to be another contest dominated by a Cardinal starter.
The fourth inning undid all that, turning an unconventional late-April evening into an cold and blustery nightmare.
Wacha surrendered two hits in the inning, but it was his three walks- two with the bases loaded- that would give the Mets the lead. Despite striking out a career-high 10, the Cardinal starter went just four innings on 93 pitches.
Seth Maness came in to relieve, posting a scoreless fifth before surrendering a home run to Lucas Duda in the sixth. It would be the final Mets run, but enough to outlast an inconsistent and unlucky St. Louis offense.
After the first inning, the Birds didn't manage to get two men on in the same frame until the top of the eighth. Allen Craig singled with one out and Molina notched his second double, but Jhonny Peralta and pinch-hitter Matt Adams were unable to bring in either runner.
Peralta's day was especially bad, leaving six runners on while committing a throwing error, his fifth fielding gaffe of the season.
Lineouts taunted Cardinal hitters all game and when the ball was in the air, Mets fielders were able to track the adventurous trajectory and save themselves from trouble.
10 Cardinals were left stranded as the team went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
In the ninth St. Louis mounted a rally, with Jon Jay reaching on a one-out single to center. Matt Carpenter followed with a single of his own, and the winning run came to the plate in the form of Daniel Descalso.
Descalso's fly ball to center field found the grass, scoring Jay and giving Jose Oquendo cause to send Carpenter around third for the tie.
The Mets executed a perfect relay, and the umpire called Carpenter out at the plate. Mike Matheny came out to challenge the ruling, his first challenge of the season.
Though he was the final manager to challenge, Matheny will have to wait for one to go his way. The call was upheld, and the Cardinals found themselves down by one with Descalso on second. Matt Holliday ended the game with a sky-high windblown ball to right, which Curtis Granderson tracked down.