ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 3: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals drives in Jon Jay #19 during the first inning against the New York Mets at Busch Stadium on September 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals started their six-game homestand the right way, besting the visiting Mets 5-4 on Labor Day.
The St. Louis Cardinals rebounded from a rough road trip by beating the New York Mets, 5-4, on Monday afternoon. The Mets has lost five of their past six games, and the Cardinals now have a 1.0 game lead over the L.A. Dodgers for the final National League Wild Card spot.
The Cardinals built a 4-0 lead thanks to a couple of Matt Carpenter sacrifices and a Skip Schumaker home run in the fourth inning. Starting pitcher Joe Kelly was near-perfect through six innings until allowing a two-run homer to Kelly Shoppach in the top of the seventh.
Allen Craig would add a needed insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with a run-scoring single, as the Mets' Daniel Murphy cut the lead to 5-4 the next inning thanks to a two-run homer against Mitchell Boggs.
The Cardinals take on the Mets again on Tuesday night, with the first pitch set for 7:15 p.m. CT. Coverage will be on Fox Sports Missouri.