In the second game of a three-game set in St. Louis, the Mets played atrocious defense and continued to struggle at the plate as they lost to the Cardinals.
Apr 16, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; New York Mets second basemanDaniel Murphy
against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Mets fell behind 1-0 in the second, when Yadier Molina hit a solo homer that barely cleared the left field wall.
In the top of the fourth, David Wright broke out of his month-long slump when he drilled a solo shot to left that tied the game 1-1.
Jon Niese hit Daniel Descalso with a pitch to open the fifth, and Descalso came around to score on a two-out triple by Jon Jay as the Cardinals went back ahead 2-1. Matt Holliday then followed by poking an RBI double down the right field line as the Cardinals extended their lead to 3-1.
The Mets handed the Cardinals two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
With two outs, Daniel Murphy made an error on a soft liner to second that would’ve ended the inning. After the error, a two-out single made it 4-1 Cardinals. Next, Anthony Recker appeared to have the last out of the inning when he fired to second on an attempted steal, but Daniel Murphy made no attempt to tag the runner. An infield single by Peter Bourjos then made it 5-1 Cardinals.
Lucas Duda led off the ninth with a long solo homer to right field that drew the Mets within 5-2, but they got no closer.
- Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and was solid, but was done in by his defense late. Overall, Niese allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked one and struck out three.
- David Wright doubled and hit a solo homer.
- Lucas Duda hit a long solo homer in the ninth.
The Mets wrap up their their three-game set against the Cardinals on Wednesday in St. Louis at 1:45 PM.