The Cardinals' starter, Lance Linn yielded a three-run first-inning home run to New York first-baseman Ike Davis, staking the Mets to an early lead. But St. Louis fought back with four of its own in the third to take a brief one-run lead before the Mets tied it up with a solo home run by Lucas Duda in the bottom of the fourth.
Left-hander Mike Pelfrey started the game for the Mets and pitched through six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. Linn, making his second start of the spring for the Redbirds, went 4 2/3 innings, yielding four runs on three hits, before turning it over to the bullpen.
The Mets plated two more runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Ronny Cedeno off reliever Scott Linebrink, helped out by a throwing error by Cards third-baseman Daniel Descalso. St. Louis came back to tie the game in the top half of the ninth on a ball hit to left field by Mark Hamilton that was misplayed by the Mets' Vinny Rottino, allowing the tying run to score.
The game was not a fielding gem by either team. Both teams committed three errors.