Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Recap: Game 36 - Mets (4) at Cardinals (10) - Beltran comes to life, Mets lose their fifth in a row


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N.Y. Mets (14-22)000004000461
St. Louis (25-13)«30303100x10110

W: J. Gast (1-0) L: D. Gee (2-5)
HR: NYM - M. Byrd (3)   STL - C. Beltran (10),J. Jay (4)

Recap:
Carlos Beltran battered his former team with three hits -- including a three-run homer -- and knocked in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals take a 10-4 win over the slumping New York Mets.

Allen Craig drove in a pair and Matt Carpenter, Matt Holliday and Pete Kozma drove in a run apiece for the streaking Cardinals, who have captured 11 of their last 13 contests. Jon Jay added a solo homer in the victory.

Despite a four-run sixth inning, John Gast (1-0) had a very successful major league debut. He allowed just three hits in his first five frames of work before ending a six-inning outing with three strikeouts and a walk.

Mired in a horrific funk offensively, New York lost a fifth straight contest and fell for the 13th time in its last 16 games. Dillon Gee (2-5) was charged with six runs -- five earned -- over four innings.

The Mets fell behind 9-0 before John Buck and Lucas Duda drove in a run each. Marlon Byrd added a two-run homer in the setback.

The Cardinals offense didn't take long to heat up, with Gee giving up three runs before even recording an out.

Carpenter walked and Beltran reached on a throwing error from Ike Davis. Holiday plated a run with a double to deep center and Craig followed with a two-run single up the middle for a 3-0 Cardinals lead.

Their edge continued to grow two innings later when they plated three more runs on a couple RBI singles.

With runners on first and second, Kozma hit a grounder up the middle to plate a run and after Gee struck out Gast, he gave up back-to-back, run-scoring hits to Carpenter and Beltran to put New York in a six-run hole.

Gee was pulled after the fourth and Robert Carson promptly walked two batters -- one of which was Gast -- upon his entrance. Soon after, Beltran took him deep with a shot well into the left field seats, putting the Cards ahead 9-0.

Gast had posted a 32 innings scoreless streak down at Triple-A Memphis in April, and kept New York off the board for his first five innings of major league work. However, the rookie got in some trouble in the sixth.

After putting runners on first and second, Gast served up an RBI single to Buck. David Wright, who walked the at-bat prior, took third on the hit and scored on a Duda groundout to first before Byrd launched a two-run homer to cap a four-run inning.

Jay's homer in the bottom of the sixth capped the scoring and three St. Louis relievers combined for three perfect innings to wrap up the victory.

Game Notes

New York has totaled 14 runs over its five-game skid and have dropped 11 of the last 14 meetings with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium ... St. Louis went 6- for-15 with runners in scoring position ... It was Beltran's 10th home run of the season.

Box Score:

NY MetsABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Justin Turner SS400000001.310
Daniel Murphy 2B412000001.279
David Wright 3B311000011.296
John Buck C311100010.228
Lucas Duda LF400100001.213
Marlon Byrd RF412210101.271
Ike Davis 1B400000001.169
Juan Lagares CF300000000.139
  Jordany Valdespin PH000000010.235
Dillon Gee P100000001.071
  Ruben Tejada PH100000000.227
  Robert Carson P000000000.000
  Rick Ankiel PH100000000.000
  Brandon Lyon P000000000.000
  Greg Burke P000000000.000
  Mike Baxter PH100000001.250
Totals3346410138
St. LouisABRHRBI2B3BHRWKAVG
Matt Carpenter 2B312100020.302
Carlos Beltran RF523400101.303
Matt Holliday LF511110001.269
  Carlos Martinez P000000000.000
  Joe Kelly P000000000.000
Allen Craig 1B402200001.307
  Tony Cruz PH-C100000000.125
Yadier Molina C-1B500000000.331
Jon Jay CF422100110.277
David Freese 3B310000012.216
  Seth Maness P000000000.000
  Shane Robinson LF000000000.194
Pete Kozma SS321100011.250
John Gast P210000011.000
  Ty Wigginton 3B100000000.200
Totals3610111010267


E_I.Davis. LOB_NY Mets 5, St. Louis 8. 2B_M.Byrd, M.Holliday. HR_M.Byrd (3) off J.Gast, C.Beltran (10) off R.Carson, J.Jay (4) off R.Carson.

NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
Dillon Gee (L 2-5)4.096535090-546.13
Robert Carson2.024421237-1812.00
Brandon Lyon1.000011017-83.60
Greg Burke1.00000009-85.59
St. LouisIPHRERBBSOHRPC-STERA
John Gast (W 1-0)6.064413171-486.00
Seth Maness1.000000010-70.00
Carlos Martinez1.000013018-117.36
Joe Kelly1.000012019-117.11


WP_D.Gee.
T_2:39. A_37460.
Umpires_Home,Mike Winters; First, Mark Wegner; Second, Laz Diaz; Third, Tim Timmons.
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