After 18 innings, the New York Mets pushed across the deciding tallies, sending the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 loss on Sunday night at Busch Stadium.
With the bases loaded in the top of the 18th, New York shortstop Ruben Tejada came through against right-hander Carlos Martinez, who made his second relief appearance of the season, plating a run on a deep sac fly to right-center field.
That gave New York a 2-1 edge that eventually grew to 3-1 when a squeeze bunt allowed Curtis Granderson to score a much-needed insurance run. As a team, the Mets were an atrocious 1-for-26 with men in scoring position – yet, somehow left St. Louis with a ‘W’.
St. Louis (58-34) got a solid start from left-hander Tim Cooney, who tossed 5 2/3 innings of three-hit, shutout baseball. He struck out seven and walked four, doing his part in front of the home faithful.
His counterpart, left-hander Jon Niese, was even more impressive, striking out three and scattering five hits, pitching 7 2/3 innings of scoreless ball in the process.
The Cardinals trailed 1-0 heading into the bottom of the 13th inning, when second baseman Kolten Wong took New York closer Jeurys Familia deep for a solo shot, tying the game with his 10th homer of the season.
With the loss, St. Louis saw Chicago draw closer in the NL Central, but still maintain a 4 1/2 game lead over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates in the division.
St. Louis will head to Chicago to take on the Chicago White Sox this week at U.S. Cellular Field.
First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. CT.