St. Louis Cardinals

June 18, 2014

Cards fall to Mets, miss chance at sweep

The St. Louis Cardinals scored early and late, but it wasn't enough in a 3-2 loss to the New York Mets Wednesday afternoon at Busch Stadium.

The Redbirds got a leadoff homer from Matt Carpenter in the first inning, and he doubled and scored on Allen Craig's infield single in the ninth.

But in between it was all Mets, who scored two runs off Cardinals starter Lance Lynn (7-5) in the sixth inning, and another off reliever Seth Maness in the seventh.

How it happened

The two-run rally began with a double by 41-year-old Mets starter Bartolo Colon, who got his first extra-base hit in his 17th season in the majors. It marked his first hit since June 10, 2005.

He said it

"I thought there was no way he was swinging, and he swung," Lynn said of Colon, a career .082 hitter. "That at-bat right there cost us the game. ...

"I think he was due. But it was a good swing. In all honesty, I was surprised by it."

What it means

The loss was just the second for the Cardinals (39-33) in their last 10 games. The Mets (32-40) snapped an eight-game road losing streak, but averted a sweep in the three-game series.

St. Louis welcomes Philadelphia to Busch for a four-game set starting Thursday. The series concludes a 10-game homestand.

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