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After being limited to a total of one run over the first three games of their series against the Mets, the St. Louis Cardinals finally got some decent offensive production on Monday and picked up a 5-4 win. The win ended a five-game losing streak and improved the Cards to 28-27 overall.
Allen Craig had a pivotal day at the plate for St. Louis -- in the fourth inning, he singled home the team's first run and later provided the game-winning hit, a two-run home run in the eighth that gave his team a 5-3 lead.
Kyle Lohse pitched well, giving up just one run on two hits over six innings, though that was only good enough for a no-decision.
The St. Louis Cardinals (27-27) have fallen to .500 after losing three games in a row to the New York Mets (31-23) by margins of five runs or greater. The Cards, struggling with a number of key injuries, will look to get back on track on Monday afternoon as they send out SP Kyle Lohse against SP Dillon Gee.
It's been a rough series in New York for the St. Louis Cardinals, to say the least. They were the victims of the first no-hitter in Mets history on Friday and they followed that up by being shutout again Saturday. They didn't score their first run of the series until the eighth inning Sunday. Sunday's loss was their fifth in a row, and now a team that began the year looking like one of the NL's best is sitting at .500.
Game Date & Time: Monday, June 4,12:10 p.m. CT
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
The St. Louis Cardinals' offensive woes continued on Sunday night in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the New York Mets. After being shutout by the Mets on Friday and Saturday, St. Louis didn't manage its first run Sunday until the eighth inning. By then, though, the Mets had already built a comfortable lead.
Jake Westbrook lasted five innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. Mets starter Jonathan Niese struck out 10 over the course of six innings of work.
The Cardinals, who have lost five in a row to drop to 27-27 overall, finish off their series in New York on Monday afternoon.
Mets starter Jonathan Niese has struck out nine batters through 4-2/3 innings.
The St. Louis Cardinals (27-26) are only a game above .500 after losing 5-0 to the New York Mets (30-23) on Saturday. The Cards have now lost 15 of their last 22 games, and following Saturday's shutout from SP R.A. Dickey, they have not scored since the top of the 8th inning in Wednesday's 10-8 loss to the Atlanta Braves -- a total of 19 run-less innings.
The knuckleballer Dickey dominated the battered Cardinals lineup, producing 9 strikeouts while limiting St. Louis to just 5 singles and 2 doubles. Meanwhile, the Mets lineup jumped on SP Lance Lynn early, scoring 3 runs (2 earned) in the second inning and forcing Lynn (105 pitches with 5 walks and 3 strikeouts) out of the game midway through the fifth inning.
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|WP: R.A. Dickey (8 - 1)
LP: Lance Lynn (8 - 2)
The New York Mets' well-documented no-hitter drought ended last night thanks to a) a brilliant outing from left-hander Johan Santana, b) a punchless St. Louis Cardinals lineup and c) a little help from the umpires. The blown call in question happened in the top of the sixth inning when St. Louis right fielder Carlos Beltran roped a shot past the third baseman that clearly kicked up a good amount of chalk. It was ruled a foul ball, and Santana would go on to become the first Mets pitcher ever to throw a no-hitter.
Still, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wasn't about to let the occasion pass without a proper marking.
The St. Louis Cardinals fell victim to the first no-hitter in New York Mets franchise history a day ago when Johan Santana scored a controversial no-no Friday night. The two teams meet again today at Citi Field, with emerging ace Lance Lynn taking the mound for St. Louis. R.A. Dickey has the tough task of following Santana's historic performance for New York.
Here's the Cardinals' lineup:
1. SS Rafael Furcal
2. 2B Daniel Descalso
3. LF Matt Holliday
4. RF Carlos Beltran
5. 3B David Freese
6. C Yadier Molina
7. 1B Matt Adams
8. CF Shane Robinson
9. P Lance Lynn
Here's a look at the Mets' lineup:
1. LF Kirk Nieuwenhuis
2. CF Andres Torres
3. 3B David Wright
4. RF Lucas Duda
5. 2B David Murphy
6. 1B Ike Davis
7. SS Omar Quintalnilla
8. C Josh Thole
9. RHP R.A. Dickey
134 pitches. Friday's Johan Santana no-hitter struck me, as a St. Louis Cardinals fan, for more than one reason. It was proof this Cardinals team continues to struggle, sure, and a bitter pill to swallow against the New York Mets, erstwhile pond scum, but it was also exactly as many pitches as star-crossed rookie Bud Smith threw in his own 2001 no-hitter, still the last one in Cardinals history.
That one, depending on how much weight you put on his brilliant night in San Diego, either cost a diminutive left-hander his career or probably wasn't what the doctor ordered for an early-twentysomething rookie with slow-burning shoulder problems. What will Johan Santana, a veteran returning from shoulder problems, take from the experience?
It's a lot of pitches. Santana's previous season high was 108, and he'd only gone over 100 three times in his first 10 starts. In June 2010 he threw 123 pitches, in the course of throwing seven scoreless innings at Petco Park, but his career high prior to this no-hitter was 125, back in 2007.
It's hard to tell a guy like Santana, who's been through so much on the way back to the big leagues, to come out after eight hitless innings, so I understand why he finished it off-I just hope the Mets treat him gingerly as long as they can.
It couldn't have happened to a more appropriate team, I guess-the St. Louis Cardinals, the New York Mets' most heated rivals two decades ago, were the victim Friday of Johan Santana's no-hitter, the first in franchise history. It was a major surprise from the Mets ace, who's struggled with injury for years now and came back in 2012 a much different pitcher than the one who arrived in New York after the 2007 season.
The Cardinals, for their part, managed five walks in the defeat-Yadier Molina and Matt Adams are the MVPs-by-default, going just 0-2 with theirs. Santana, having done what Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden, and Pedro Martinez before him couldn't, improves to 3-2 in what could be a very successful comeback with an ERA of 2.38.
He might not have the mid-90s fastball he flashed as a Rule 5 diamond-in-the-rough on the Minnesota Twins, but judging from Friday night the two-time AL Cy Young Award-winner must have learned something about playing the crafty lefty in his long layoff with shoulder trouble.
The New York Mets got their first no-hitter on Friday night after waiting 8,020 games, and Johan Santana was the hero, but things are likely to go back to normal on Saturday afternoon. Well, at least as normal as MLB baseball allows. The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking for revenge after coming out on the wrong end of history, and they will turn to de-facto staff ace Lance Lynn (8-1, 2.54 ERA). Meanwhile, the Mets will respond with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (7-1, 3.06 ERA). So if you consider a matchup between a red-hot knuckleball pitcher and perhaps the most surprising pitcher of the year a return to normalcy, then everything is indeed back to normal.
Here is the game time and TV broadcast information for Saturday afternoon:
Game time: Saturday, June 2, 3:10 p.m. CT
Location: Citi Field, New York, NY
TV: Fox Sports Midwest
Johan Santana tossed the first no-hitter in New York Mets franchise history on Friday night, and even though the St. Louis Cardinals came out on the losing end it is still an accomplishment worth revisiting. Sure, Cardinals fans could easily focus on the call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson that miscast Carlos Beltran's line drive as a foul ball, despite replay evidence that it hit the chalk in fair territory. But Santana had a wonderful night, and for the first time in 8,020 franchise games the Mets have a no-hitter of their own. Here is the box score to prove it.
The second highlight is Santana's final pitch and out of the night, where he put away David Freese with a changeup to seal his historic night:
New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Satana is now three outs away from throwing the franchise's first no-hitter. Santana made it through the eighth inning clean, although he did issue his fifth walk of the game. The inning started with second basemen Tyler Greene popping out to shallow left field, Santana then struck out pinch hitter Shane Robinson looking for the second out of the inning. After a walk to Rafael Furcal, Santana got ex-Met Carlos Beltran to line out to second base.
The St. Louis Cardinals open a three-game series with the New York Mets on Friday night.