It looks like I picked the right weekend to go out of town.
Fortunately the Cardinals were able to start off the new week on the right foot, winning 5-4 over the Mets.
Starting pitcher Kyle Lohse provided some much needed stability in the starting rotation, allowing one run on two hits over six innings to earn his seventh victory of the season. He struck out three and walked none.
The Cardinals, who scored a total of one run in the three previous games of the series, scratched out a single tally in the fourth inning when Matt Holliday doubled and then Allen Craig singled him home. But the Mets evened the score in the bottom of the inning when Lucas Duda hit a monstrous home run that sounded like a rifle shot on the broadcast.
St. Louis regained the lead in the seventh when Craig walked, David Freese singled and Daniel Descalso reached on an error, knocking in a run. Adron Chambers hit an infield single then Rafael Furcal hit into a fielder's choice to push across another run to make the score 3-1. That lead was also short-lived as Marc Rzepczynski came in to pitch and allowed a single to David Wright and an equalizing homer to Scott Hairston.
Holliday singled to lead off the eighth and Allen Craig homered to make the score 5-3. But the Mets weren't done yet. Eduardo Sanchez relieved for St. Louis and allowed a single and a double then a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to one with the tying run at third base and two outs. He was able to work out of the jam with no further damage done and Jason Motte pitched an un-eventful bottom of the ninth to put the Cardinals back over the .500 mark at 28-27.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Allen Craig was 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three driven in. He also drew a walk.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Craig's eventual game-winning homer.
Lowlight: Carlos Beltran was 0-for-5 with a strikeout as his free fall at the plate continues. Hopefully getting out of New York will clear his head. But the Cardinals are moving on to another of his former stomping grounds, Houston.