Sluggish fielding from Beltran allows Mets to score in 1st inning - KMOV.com

Sluggish fielding from Beltran allows Mets to score in 1st inning

(BaseballStL) -- A nonchalant play on a base hit to right fielder Carlos Beltran in the first inning on Wednesday cost the St. Louis Cardinals a run.

With the score already 1-0, New York Mets left fielder Lucas Duda singled on a full count to right field with Daniel Murphy on first base and two outs. Murphy took advantage of Beltran’s casual play as he threw the ball to second base rather than toward home plate.

Murphy, who was running hard the whole way, scored easily as the eventual throw home by shortstop Pete Kozma came extremely late.

Shelby Miller was able to hold the Mets to only a 2-0 lead by getting Marlon Byrd to strike out in the next at-bat.

The Cardinals ended up losing 5-1 to the Mets.

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