Game Report: Cardinals 6, Mets 0

By Rob Rains

In the season opener on April 6, Paul DeJong was hitting second, Tommy Pham third and Luke Voit fourth – but they were 675 miles away from St. Louis and the major leagues.

All three players were in the opening day lineup for Triple A Memphis’ game at New Orleans, going a combined 2-for-11 with three walks, all to Voit, and one RBI.

A lot has changed in three months, which is why all three were in the lineup together again on Sunday at Busch Stadium, leading the Cardinals past the Mets.

All three homered to account for four of the Cardinals’ six runs.

Lance Lynn threw seven shutout innings and combined with Trevor Rosenthal and John Brebbia for the three-hit shutout.

The win left the Cardinals with a 43-45 record going into the All-Star break. They are tied with the Cubs for second in the NL Central, 5 ½ games behind the Brewers.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: DeJong singled in the second and homered in the fourth, giving him 10 hits in a span of 11 at-bats before he grounded out in his final two at-bats. The homer was his ninth of the season … Pham hit a two-run homer in the third, his 11th of the season, and Voit hit his third homer in just his 14th game, a solo shot in the sixth … The other RBIs came on a ground out from Jedd Gyorko in the first and a single by Yadier Molina in the fifth … Pham also had a pair of singles and scored twice, raising his average to .299 … DeJong’s two hits raised his average to .313 while Voit, despite going 1-for-4, is hitting .316.

On the mound:
Lynn allowed the three New York hits, all singles, and walked one. He did not allow a runner past first base, getting two inning-ending double plays as he earned his seventh win of the season … Rosenthal struck out all three hitters he faced in the eighth and Brebbia worked a 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the Cardinals’ seventh shutout of the season … The shutout was the first by the Cardinals against the Mets at Busch 3 since May 27, 2006.

Key stat:
In the three-game series, DeJong was 9-for-12 with three homers, four doubles and two singles. He became the first Cardinal ever with at least seven extra-base hits in a three-game series and was the first Cardinal ever to homer in all three games of a series against the Mets.

Worth noting: Molina started all 10 games on the homestand, without a day off, including five day games. He left three games early, including Sunday, but played in all but five innings over that stretch … Pham left the game after the sixth inning because of tightness in his right hip … The last Cardinals player to homer in three consecutive games from the eighth spot in the batting order was Khalil Greene in 2009 … The top three hitters in the Mets lineup were a combined 3-for-36 in the series … Jack Flaherty allowed two runs in his one inning of work in the Futures Game on Sunday, allowing two hits and recording one strikeout. One of the hits was a dribbler in front of the plate
Looking ahead: The Cardinals are off until Friday night’s game in Pittsburgh and won’t even fly to Pittsburgh until Friday morning. Carlos Martinez and Molina will represent the team in Tuesday night’s All-Star game in Miami. Mike Leake will get the start on Friday night, followed in the rotation by Lynn, Martinez, Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha.

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