With the Mets looking to grab their second consecutive series win, Bartolo Colon was sent out to face Lance Lynn of the Cardinals in the final game of the four game set. After it was all said and done, the Mets walked away with a 4-1 win and a series victory to move two games above .500.
Colon had his stuff working right from the onset of the game, and made quick work of the Cardinals in the first, setting them down in order. He was in a groove early on and retired the first 10 St. Louis batters to come up to the plate. On the windy day, Colon was initially making the most of the conditions, recording five fly ball outs through three innings.
But the Mets were not doing much either, and a third-inning single down the right field from Ruben Tejada was the Mets only real chance in the Mets had in the opening frames.
The Cardinals were kept in check until two outs in the fifth inning when Kolten Wong got things started with a single. Tony Cruz followed with and double that scored Wong and gave St. Louis the 1-0 advantage.
The lead did not last long however, and Chris Young hit his first home run as a Met into the second deck in left field to knot up things at one apiece. Bobby Abreu in his first start since 2012, lined a double to left field right after the homer, but was left stranded when the Mets made three consecutive outs to end their half of the fifth.
Following an error from Lynn that allowed Eric Young, Jr. to reach second base, Daniel Murphy drove him in with a double to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. David Wright came up next and was promptly hit by a pitch. Despite the first-and-second opportunity, the Amazin’s couldn’t add anything more to the lead.
Colon did allow a two-out hit to Wong again, but worked out of any trouble this time to go seven strong where allowed just four St. Louis hits. His day was finished when the Terry Collins decided to use Curtis Granderson as a pinch hitter.
The struggling outfielder came through with a sharp hit to right field that Mark Ellis could not handle. Anthony Recker scored from second but Granderson was tagged out trying to advance to second. Matt Adams cut the relay throw from right field off despite having a chance to cut down Recker at the plate. With two outs in the frame, Young, Jr. followed with a hit to right field that went all the way to the wall for Young to fly into third with a triple. Murphy then dunked a hit in front of Matt Holliday to make a 4-1 Met lead.
Coming in relief of Colon was the often-used Carlos Torres. He got two outs in the inning, but walked Matt Holliday, putting two runners on for the Red Birds. Scott Rice came in and cleaned up the mess when he induced a groundout from Matt Adams to keep the Mets in the lead.
Kyle Farnsworth was given the day off and Daisuke Matsuzaka came in to try and get his first-ever save in the Major Leagues. Daisuke pitched a spotless ninth inning to help the Mets take three out of four games from defending National League Champions.