(BaseballStL) — After a bizarre Wednesday night in Queens, Thursday’s contest was a brisk affair through four innings.
Lance Lynn and Bartolo Colon dueled early, allowing only one hit each in the first four frames. The Mets got theirs via Ruben Tejada’s single in the third, and the Cardinals reached base on a Jon Jay broken-bat flair to left.
Lynn struck out six New Yorkers in the first 12 outs, matched by Colon’s three. Neither offense seemed to have much life, until the Cardinals sparked a two out rally in the fifth.
After two strikeouts, Kolten Wong reached on 2-0 single. Tony Cruz, in for the hot-handed Yadier Molina, doubled into the left center gap to score Wong and pick up his third RBI of the year.
The lead wouldn’t last long, as the Mets found pay dirt against Lynn in the bottom half. Chris Young took a 2-2 fastball to the upper deck in left in the first at bat in the fifth, tying the game at 1-1.
In the sixth Lynn shot himself in the foot again, throwing a ball away on an Eric Young Jr. grounder. The throw moved Young to second, and when Jon Jay couldnt come up with Daniel Murphy's looper into center, he would come around to score.
The 26-year-old fought off the big inning again, however, keeping the tally to one in the sixth. Lynn would exit with one out in the seventh, ending his day at 104 pitches. He struck out nine while walking two and alowing four hits.
Kevin Siegrist would come on in relief and run into trouble early. Pinch-hitting Curtis Granderson ripped a ball right at Mark Ellis- in for Wong on a double switch- and the ball skipped off his mitt. Anthony Recker, who had reached on a walk from Lynn, scored on the play.
Granderson would be caught between first and second for the first out, but Eric Young Jr. would triple in the next at bat, scoring on the Murphy single to follow.
The two runs promped the Cardinals to call on Carlos Martinez to finish the inning, but not before falling behind 4-1.
The Cardinals would not plate another run, dropping their third game of the series to the Mets. They are now 12-11.
They finished the game with just four hits, two of which belonged to Kolten Wong.