Posted by Craig Mitchell at 8:19 PM
Sunday afternoon in St. Louis, the Mets scored 2 times in the top of the 18th inning. They hold on to beat the Cardinals in an 18 inning marathon 3-1. It was a scoreless pitcher’s duel for the first 13 innings. Met starter Jonathon Niese did his part continuing to pitch outstanding ball. On Sunday Niese went 7 2/3 allowing just 5 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3. He obviously gets the no decision. Rookie Tim Cooney pitched 5 2/3 scoreless but both were well out of the game by the time this one was resolved. In the top of the 13th Curtis Granderson doubled and then came home with the go ahead run on a RBI single by Kevin Plawecki. Jeurys Familia came in to notch the save, but on his 2nd pitch in the bottom of the 13th inning Kolton Wong hit solo homer down the right field line to tie the game at 1. It was the first blown save by Familia this year. The game then went on scorelessly until the top of the 18th. The Mets opened up with back to back singles by Wilmer Flores and Granderson. Cardinal pitcher Carlos Martinez botched a sacrifice attempt by Plawecki to load the bases. Ruben Tejada then hit a sac-fly to deep right to score Flores. Eric Campbell then executed a squeeze play to score Granderson and the Mets had the 2 run lead. 5 Met relievers had scoreless outings. Jenrry Mejia pitched 2 scoreless, Sean Gilmartin pitched 3 scoreless innings and Carlos Torres pitched the final 2 scoreless. Torres picked up the win; he improves to 3-4. Martinez took the loss for the Cards he’s now 10-4. The Mets tied a club record leaving 25 players on base in the game. The Mets had 16 hits on the day. Tejada went 3 for 6, Flores wen t 3 for 9 to lead the way. Lead-off batter Juan Lagares batted 10 times with 2 hits. With the win the Mets salvage the final game of this three games set. They are now 48-44 on the year and 16-30 on the road. The Nats were blanked by the Dodgers on Sunday so the Mets are off to Washington to face the Nats in a 3 game series now just down 2 games in the NL East. Monday night Matt Harvey (8-6 3.07) goes for the Mets, Lefty Gio Gonzalez (6-4 3.99) goes for the Nats.