The St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday got another standout performance from a rookie as lefty starting pitcher John Gast beat the New York Mets in his major league debut.
Gast held New York Scoreless for five innings before the Mets broke through for four runs in the sixth, with part of the damage coming because of a defensive gaffe.
The Cardinals offense provided plenty of support for Gast, scoring three runs in each of the first, third and fifth innings and a solo tally in the sixth. Carlos Beltran had three hits in five at-bats including a home run. He scored twice and drove in four runs. Matt Carpenter was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, a run scored and an RBI. Allen Craig and Jon Jay also had two hits each. One of Jay's hits was a solo homer in the sixth.
In his last 10 games, Jay has raised his batting average (.277) and on base percentage (.353) by 47 points each in his last 10 games while raising his slugging percentage (.423) by 43 points. In that span he's got two doubles, two homers and he's batted in 11 runs.
Gast held the Mets to three hits over the first five innings before allowing three hits in the sixth inning rally. He struck out three hitters while walking one, including a whiff of the first batter he faced in the majors.
Another positive event from Tuesday night was a stellar performance in relief by another rookie hurler, Carlos Martinez. After getting shelled with two outs on Sunday, Martinez got back on the horse and struck out the side in one inning of work. He allowed a walk but no hits.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Beltran
Cardinals Play of the Game: Beltran's three-run homer in the fifth inning
Lowlight: The Cardinals blew a rundown in the sixth inning that allowed the Mets an extra life. They used it to score two runs that shouldn't have happened. Otherwise Gast's numbers would be more in line with the impressive performance fans witnessed Tuesday. But at least he -- and the Cardinals -- still got the win.