(BaseballStL) — Jenrry Mejia came on in the ninth to close out the contest for the Mets, but ran into trouble with his first hitter.
Matt Carpenter got ahead 2-0 and eventually worked a 3-2 count before doubling into the right field corner.
He hit Jon Jay to follow, and put two men on for Matt Holliday.
The Cardinal left fielder grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, leaving Allen Craig as the last man standing for St. Louis.
Down to his last strike, he put a ball between short and third, beating the throw from David Wright and scoring Carpenter to pull the Birds within one. Peter Bourjos came on to run for Craig, as Matt Adams stepped in 0-for-3 on the day.
He would fall short of heroics, grounding out to end the game.
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Seth Manes came on in the seventh to attempt to hold down the fort, but failed to close the inning without damage.
After getting a flyout to begin the inning, a single from Wilmer Flores followed. Colon bunted Flores to second, and Eric Young Jr. extended the lead with a ground rule double after him.
Maness was pulled, and Randy Choate finished the inning by inducing a groundout.
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After allowing just two hits through five innings, one of which resulted in the runner being thrown out trying to stretch it into two bases, Lynn doubled that total to begin the sixth.
Improbably, the first came off the bat of Bartolo Colon. In just his 124th career at bat in 17 seasons, Colon struck a ball down the left field line into the corner.
It was just his 11th hit in the majors, his first since 2005 and his first ever extra base knock.
Eric Young Jr. followed Colon's lead, hitting a double of his own and tying the game at 1-1.
Daniel Murphy grounded out to move Young over a base, and David Wright picked up his 35th RBI when he scored the New York left fielder on a single.
Wright was thrown out trying to take second, but the Mets led 2-1.
A walk to Curtis Granderson followed, as did a free pass to Lucas Duda before Chris Young ended the rally with a strikeout.
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After going 0 for his last nine at bats, Matt Carpenter repaid the day off Tuesday with his third homer of the season Wednesday.
On a 1-1 count, the third baseman hammered a ball into the stands in right, giving the Cardinals an early lead.
Lance Lynn worked two brisk innings, striking out two and getting fly balls for the rest of his outs. In just 21 pitches the big righty brought the offense up for a second time.