Five weeks into the season Cardinals utility player and pinch hitter Ty Wigginton finally proved he can play like a Redbird.
In a tie game in the seventh inning Wigginton hit a blooper to center that former St. Louis outfielder Rick Ankiel -- playing his first game with the Mets while using a borrowed glove -- was unable to hold onto while making a diving attempt. Wigginton saw the ball scoot away from Ankiel and hustled to take second base and get into scoring position.
It didn't seem that a grounder that that Matt Carpenter lined off the pitcher was going to go far enough, however, to let Wigginton score. But, as he headed to third, Wigginton noticed that no one was covering the plate and he took off for home. He narrowly won the race to the plate and scored what would turn out to be the deciding run, which put St. Louis ahead 4-3.
Matt Holliday broke open the game with two outs when he homered into the left field bleachers to make the score 6-3.
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Wigginton's timely score helped starting pitcher Lance Lynn to secure a hard-fought victory. Lynn, who needed 124 pitches to complete seven innings, left in a tie game. But the St. Louis rally while he was still the pitcher of record improved his mark to 6-1 for the season with a 2.88 ERA. Lynn allowed four hits and struck out seven.
Both Lynn and Mets starter Jeremy Hefner suffered from a postage stamp-sized strike zone from home plate umpire Tim Timmons. The starters combined to walk nine hitters -- Lynn had five of them -- in their 13 innings of work.
Edward Mujica notched his 10th save of the season after an easy ninth inning. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a perfect eighth.
Carpenter, Holliday, Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each collected two hits to pace the offense.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Lynn
Cardinals Play of the Game: Wigginton's dash for the plate.
Lowlight: The lousy strike zone.