Wacha moves to 6-0 in win over Mets
One night after the team fell in 14 innings, the St. Louis Cardinals rebounded behind yet-another dominant outing from right-hander Michael Wacha and an offensive breakout in a 10-2 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.
Wacha (6-0, 2.13) is an early contender for National League Cy Young Award after turning in seven innings of two-run ball Tuesday night. The righty struck out five and walked two, while allowing four base hits.
St. Louis (26-13) scored one run in each of the first four innings before blowing things wide open in the sixth, tallying six runs against against Mets starter Jonathan Niese and reliever Erik Goeddel.
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Youngster Randal Grichuk went 3-for-5 with a trio of runs batted in to pace the offense out of the two-hole and youngster Kolten Wong drove in a pair of runs with two hits, raising his average to .301 on the season.
Grichuk got things start in the first with an RBI double and Wacha, Jhonny Peralta and Mark Reynolds all drove in early runs – with Reynolds smacking his third homer of the season off Niese in the top of the fourth to extend the St. Louis lead to 4-0.
New York (23-17) got their only runs in the bottom of the inning when Daniel Murphy hit a two-run shot off Wacha, cutting the Cardinals’ lead to 4-2. However, the big sixth inning put things out of reach for the Mets, who are clinging to a slim lead in the NL East.
The scoring in the sixth began when Wong doubled, scoring Peralta and Yadier Molina. Peter Bourjos followed with a line-drive single to center, making it 7-2 Cards. Another double off the bat of Grichuk accounted for two more runs and a Matt Holliday sac fly made it 10-2.
Right-hander Carlos Martinez (3-2, 4.73) will take the ball on Wednesday for St. Louis and will be opposed by veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon (6-2, 3.86 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET from New York.