National League Game Summary - New York at St. Louis|
(Monday, September 3rd)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, New York 4
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Skip Schumaker went 2-for-3 with a solo
homer and Allen Craig collected two hits and knocked in a run as the St. Louis
Cardinals edged the New York Mets, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at
Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs and Yadier Molina had an RBI for the
Cardinals, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.
Joe Kelly (5-6) earned the win after allowing just two runs on five hits with
four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Jason Motte recorded the final two outs in the eighth inning and stranded a
runner in the ninth to earn his 33rd save of the year.
Kelly Shoppach and Daniel Murphy each stroked two-run homers for the Mets, who
fell for the second time in nine tries.
Collin McHugh (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits over four innings to absorb
St. Louis jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after Jon Jay tripled,
then scored on Carpenter's ground out.
The Cardinals added a pair in the third and one in the fourth.
In the third, Kelly doubled to left-center field, moved to third on a
sacrifice bunt then scored on Carpenter's sacrifice fly.
Matt Holliday and Craig followed with a pair of singles to put runners at
first and second for Molina, who smoked a single to left field to score
Schumaker's leadoff homer to right field in the fourth extended St. Louis'
lead to 4-0.
Shoppach's two-run blast in the seventh cut the Mets' deficit to 4-2. Mike
Baxter worked a two-out walk before Shoppach crushed Kelly's 0-1 offering over
the left-field wall.
The Cardinals pushed one more across in the seventh when Craig stroked a
single to right-center field to plate Jay. Jay was hit by a pitch to open the
inning and moved to second on a Holliday base hit before coming around on
After Ruben Tejada singled to start the eighth, Murphy followed with a shot
into right field to bring the Mets within 5-4 before a bit of controversy in
the final frame.
In the ninth Andres Torres ripped a grounder past a diving Carpenter, and
quickly turned it into a double after sliding into second base safely on a
But the Cardinals appealed that Torres missed first base and he was called
out. Torres put up no argument, and Terry Collins argued briefly with first
base umpire David Rackley to no avail.
"I've never seen it called. Not in the big leagues like that," Mets manager
Terry Collins said.
"It's one out and nobody on rather than no one out and a guy on second," Motte
said. "They can bunt him over, they have a lot of options right there."
Motte then struck out pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno and, after walking Tejada, got
Murphy to fly out to right field to end the game.
The teams have split season series in 2010 and 2011, with the Cardinals last
winning, five games to four, in 2009. New York won three of four games in 2012
when the teams played at Citi Field from June 1-4 ... Kelly's last win as a
starter came Aug. 14 against the Arizona Diamondbacks ... The Mets are batting
a major league-worst .189 with runners in scoring position since Aug. 1.
09/03 22:41:37 ET