Posted by Craig Mitchell at 11:26 PM
Friday night in St. Louis, Noah Syndergaard hung a breaking ball to Jhonny Peralta that scraped the back of the left field wall to snap a 1 all tie in the 6th inning, the Cardinals and Lance Lynn out duel the Mets 3-2. The Mets got off to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Curtis Granderson homered to lead off the game. It’s the 5th lead-off homer for Grandy this year and his 14th overall to make it 1-0 Mets. It stayed that way until the 6th as Syndergaard and Lynn matched zeros. In the 6th the Cards scratched out a run to tie the game when Kolton Wong singled stole 2nd and went to 3rd on a throwing error by Kevin Plawecki. He then scored on a fielder’s choice by Matt Carpenter. Matt Holliday hit a scorcher to 2nd for the 2nd out. Peralta then homered, his 14th, just past the outstretched glove of Kirk Nieuwenhuis and the Cards had the lead for good. Syndergaard was solid. He went 7 innings allowing 5 hits 2 runs (both earned) walking 1 and striking out 6. He takes the hard luck loss falling to 4-5. Despite the loss he drops his ERA to 3.05. Lynn went 7 allowing 3 hits 1 run (earned) walked 1 and struck out 9. He gets the win improving to 7-5. The Cardinals made it 3-1 in the bottom of the 8th when Peter Bourjos doubled over the head of Juan Lagares to score Wong from first. The Cards needed that insurance run because Trevor Rosenthal allowed a run in the top of the 9th but held on for his 27th save. Offensively the Mets managed 7 hits on the night getting 2 apiece by Granderson, Plawecki and Ruben Tejada. Tejada had the RBI infield single in the top of the 9th. The loss snaps the Mets 4 game winning streak. They now stand at 47-43 on the year and 15-29 on the road. The game between the Dodgers and Nationals was suspended due to problem with the stadium lights. So for the time being, the Mets are 2 ½ games behind the first place Nats. Saturday night it’s game two of the series. Bartolo Colon (9-7 4.41) goes for the Mets, John Lackey (7-5 2.99) goes for the Redbirds.