(BaseballStL) — Game 2 in New York moved quickly Monday, clearing three innings in just more than 40 minutes. In part it was due to Adam Wainwright’s four-hitter.
The Cardinal’s offense played a role as well, running themselves out of two innings before finally plating two in the top of the fourth.
Matt Holliday was gunned down in the top of the first after attempting to stretch a single into two bases, and Matt Adams was thrown out attempting to steal following a Yadier Molina strikeout in the second to kill the St. Louis momentum.
In the fourth, however, Dillon Gee got himself in trouble by walking Holiday and allowing back-to-back singles from Adams and Molina.
Jon Jay, in for the struggling Peter Bourjos, punched a single up the middle to score two. Gee then walked Peralta to reload the bases, but Kolten Wong and Wainwright would bail him out by grounding into fielder's choices for force outs at home.
Matt Carpenter left the bases loaded with a strikeout, but not before the Cardinals took a 2-0 lead.
Wainwright would roll through seven, with help from Holliday in the fifth. With one on, Chris Young drove a ball deep to left. Holliday tracked it to the wall, leapt, and brought a game-tying homer back for an out.
"As soon as that ball went off the bat, you could tell he was planning on doing something," Mike Matheny told reporters in New York. "He was all out."
It would be the last threat, as Wainwright took his scoreless innings streak to 17. Kevin Siegrist would replace him in the eighth, getting three outs in three batters and handing the ball to Trevor Rosenthal for the close.
In the top of the ninth, the Birds managed another run, and another baserunning gaffe. After Daniel Descalso drew a pinch-hit walk, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig struck out behind him. Descalso stole second during Carpenter's at bat, and scored when Matt Holliday drove a ball into right.
Curtis Granderson's throw home sailed wide, and Holliday tried to take second. He was thrown out easily, ending the inning and the Cardinal run total at three.
Rosenthal would eventually get through an adventurous ninth, striking out David Wright and coaxing a groundout to end the game after walking two Mets back-to-back with one out.
The Cardinals are now 12-9.