(BaseballStL) -- With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the St. Louis Cardinals took the opportunity to pound the New York Mets bullpen in an eventual 6-3 win on Monday.
The Mets brought in Scott Rice, who had struggled over the weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates, to get Daniel Descalso to ground out to start the inning. Ty Wigginton came in to pinch-hit for Lance Lynn and doubled on a soft line drive to Rick Ankiel in centerfield.
The next batter, Matt Carpenter, roped a single back at Rice which caromed off his leg and into foul territory. Wigginton would round third base and score after catcher John Buck left home plate abandoned to field the ball.
Rice would get Beltran to strike out before being yanked from the game in favor of Scott Atchison.
It was the third consecutive rough outing for Rice, who had allowed two earned runs on one hit and three walks in his previous 1.1 innings pitched.
Atchison, who has allowed one run in five of his last seven games, would serve Matt Holliday his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot, followed by a base hit from Allen Craig and ground-rule double to Yadier Molina with two outs.
That would mark the end of the day for Atchison as Greg Burke, who was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday, entered the game to strike Jon Jay out to end the three-run seventh inning and pitched a perfect eighth inning.
The three-run seventh inning proved to be the difference for St. Louis.