Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:19 PM
Saturday night in St. Louis the Cardinals jumped all over Met starter Bartolo Colon for 7 runs in 4 1/3 innings. They go on to blow out the Mets 12-2. The barrage started in the bottom of the first as Colon untypically walked two batters and allowed RBI singles to Jhonny Peralta and Jason Heyward and a two run ground-rule double by Yadier Molina and it was 4-0 Cards. The Red Birds scored 4 more times in the bottom of the 5th. Heyward and Mark Reynolds each had RBI doubles, then after Colon was relieved by Carlos Torres, Randal Grichuk hit an opposite field 2 run homer, his 8th on the year, and it was 8-zip. In the bottom of the 8th, an error by Ruben Tejada allowed Pete Kozma to score with run # 9, then Grichuk hit a 3 run homer, his 9th on the year to seal the blow out. Heyward went 5 for 5 on the night; Grichuk went 3 for 3 with the 2 homers and 6 RBI. The Mets scored their 2nd run in the top of the 8th on a RBI double by Tejada. John Lackey started for the Cards and scattered 10 hits over 7 innings. Michael Cuddyer went 3 for 5 with a solo homer in the 6th, his 8th on the year, and that accounted for the Mets only run. Colon drops to 9-8 on the season, going the 4 1/3 allowing 8 hits 7 runs (all earned) 3 walks and 5 k’s. Lackey gets the win improving to 8-5. With the loss the Mets have now dropped their first 2 out of the All-Star Break. They now stand at 47-44 overall and 15-30 on the road. The Nats went 1-1 on Saturday. Winning the suspended game from Friday night and losing Saturday, so the Mets find themselves 3 games out of 1st in the NL East. Sunday afternoon is the final game of the series. Jonathon Niese (5-8 3.61) goes for the Mets. Tim Cooney (0-0 4.34) goes for St. Louis.