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Monday, September 03, 2012

Recap: Game 135 - Mets at Cardinals - Mets Skip a beat in St. Louis, Lose 5-4

Busch Stadium (St. Louis, Mo.)
N.Y. Mets (64-71)000000220482
St. Louis (73-62) «10210010x590
W: J. Kelly (5-6) L: C. McHugh (0-1)
S: J. Motte (33)
HR: NYM - K. Shoppach (8),D. Murphy (5)   STL - S. Schumaker (1)

Skip Schumaker went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and Allen Craig collected two hits and knocked in a run as the St. Louis Cardinals edged the New York Mets, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Busch Stadium.

Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs and Yadier Molina had an RBI for the Cardinals, who won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Joe Kelly (5-6) earned the win after allowing just two runs on five hits with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.

Jason Motte recorded the final two outs in the eighth inning and stranded a runner in the ninth to earn his 33rd save of the year.

Kelly Shoppach and Daniel Murphy each stroked two-run homers for the Mets, who fell for the second time in nine tries.

Collin McHugh (0-1) allowed four runs on six hits over four innings to absorb the loss.

St. Louis jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first after Jon Jay tripled, then scored on Carpenter's ground out.

The Cardinals added a pair in the third and one in the fourth.

In the third, Kelly doubled to left-center field, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt then scored on Carpenter's sacrifice fly.

Matt Holliday and Craig followed with a pair of singles to put runners at first and second for Molina, who smoked a single to left field to score Holliday.

Schumaker's leadoff homer to right field in the fourth extended St. Louis' lead to 4-0.

Shoppach's two-run blast in the seventh cut the Mets' deficit to 4-2. Mike Baxter worked a two-out walk before Shoppach crushed Kelly's 0-1 offering over the left-field wall.

The Cardinals pushed one more across in the seventh when Craig stroked a single to right-center field to plate Jay. Jay was hit by a pitch to open the inning and moved to second on a Holliday base hit before coming around on Craig's single.

After Ruben Tejada singled to start the eighth, Murphy followed with a shot into right field to bring the Mets within 5-4 before a bit of controversy in the final frame.

In the ninth Andres Torres ripped a grounder past a diving Carpenter, and quickly turned it into a double after sliding into second base safely on a bang-bang play.

But the Cardinals appealed that Torres missed first base and he was called out. Torres put up no argument, and Terry Collins argued briefly with first base umpire David Rackley to no avail.

Motte then struck out pinch-hitter Ronny Cedeno and, after walking Tejada, got Murphy to fly out to right field to end the game.

Game Notes

The teams have split season series in 2010 and 2011, with the Cardinals last winning, five games to four, in 2009. New York won three of four games in 2012 when the teams played at Citi Field from June 1-4 ... Kelly's last win as a starter came Aug. 14 against the Arizona Diamondbacks ... The Mets are batting a major league-worst .189 with runners in scoring position since Aug. 1.

Box Score:

Ruben Tejada SS411000011.295
Daniel Murphy 2B412200110.286
David Wright 3B400000001.311
Ike Davis 1B301010011.224
Lucas Duda LF300000001.237
  Jason Bay PH-LF101000000.166
Mike Baxter RF211000010.281
  Scott Hairston PH-RF100000000.268
Kelly Shoppach C411200101.303
Andres Torres CF401001000.227
Collin McHugh P100000000.000
  Zach Lutz PH100000000.100
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Justin Turner PH100000000.279
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Bobby Parnell P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Ronny Cedeno PH100000001.284
Jon Jay CF221001000.313
Matt Carpenter 1B300200001.304
Matt Holliday LF412000000.307
Allen Craig RF402100000.311
  Jason Motte P000000000.000
Yadier Molina C401100000.322
David Freese 3B300000011.298
Skip Schumaker 2B312100100.301
Daniel Descalso SS400000002.217
Joe Kelly P311010000.138
  Edward Mujica P000000000.000
  Mitchell Boggs P000000000.000
  Sam Freeman P000000000.000
  Shane Robinson RF100000000.264

E_D.Murphy, I.Davis. LOB_NY Mets 7, St. Louis 7. 2B_I.Davis, J.Kelly. 3B_A.Torres, J.Jay. HR_K.Shoppach (3) off J.Kelly, D.Murphy (5) off M.Boggs, S.Schumaker (1) off C.McHugh. SF_M.Carpenter. S_J.Jay, S.Schumaker. SB_M.Baxter (5). GIDP_Y.Molina. DP_NY Mets 1 (D.Murphy, R.Tejada and I.Davis).

Collin McHugh (L 0-1)4.064402168-493.27
Manny Acosta2.010000020-157.58
Robert Carson0.101101015-114.91
Bobby Parnell0.220010013-82.93
Josh Edgin1.000001012-83.80
Joe Kelly (W 5-6)6.252224194-603.54
Edward Mujica (H 22)0.10000004-23.15
Mitchell Boggs (H 27)0.122210122-122.18
Sam Freeman0.01000003-25.54
Jason Motte (S 33)1.200012031-212.75

S.Freeman pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. B.Parnell pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

HBP_by R.Carson (J.Jay).
T_3:09. A_40952.
Umpires_Home,Toby Basner; First, David Rackley; Second, Dan Iassogna; Third, Dale Scott.

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