Game Report: Cardinals 6, Mets 3

A six-run sixth inning, highlighted by home runs from Paul DeJong and Tommy Pham, made the ninth inning a little more comfortable for the Cardinals on Monday night in New York.

Even with a three-run lead, however, the Cardinals saw the Mets get the tying run to the plate with one out before Yoenis Cespedes swung at a 3-0 pitch from Brett Cecil and grounded into a game-ending double play
Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: DeJong hit a two-run homer, his 10th of the season, before Pham capped the sixth with a three-run shot, his 12th of the season. Both players started the year in Memphis, with Pham playing his first game for the Cardinals on May 5 and DeJong making his ML debut on May 28 … The only player with more than 10 homers in his first 40 games for the Cardinals was Albert Pujols with 14 in 2001 … DeJong struck out three times in his other four at-bats … Adam Wainwright had the other RBI with a double in the sixth … Magnueris Sierra made his second consecutive start in right field but was 0-of-4, snapping his nine-game hitting streak … Matt Carpenter walked twice and singled, extending his streak reaching base to 20 consecutive games.

On the mound: Wainwright picked up the win, giving up the three runs, two earned in 5 2/3 innings. The first two Mets runs came on solo homers by Michael Conforto in the fifth and Lucas Duda in the sixth … Tyler Lyons stranded a runner on third to end the inning … Matt Bowman pitched the seventh before Kevin Siegrist made his first appearance of the second half and struck out the side on 10 pitches in the eighth. He was sent back to start the ninth, however, and issued a leadoff walk before Cecil came on. Cecil gave up a one-out single, bringing the tying run to the plate, but he got his first save since 2015 thanks to Cespedes’ double play grounder … The Mets were 0-of-11 with runners in scoring position.

Key stat: Dexter Fowler had a single in four at-bats but is only 3-of-16 in the four games since the All-Star break. The Cardinals have had only one RBI out of the third spot in the batting order in their last eight games, a homer by Fowler on July 7. That’s the only home out of the third spot since June 6.

Worth noting: DeJong became the first player in Cardinals’ history to homer in four consecutive games against the Mets … Wainwright now has 10 RBIs for the season, the first Cardinals’ pitcher to drive in 10 or more runs in consecutive seasons since Bob Gibson in 1971-72 … The Cardinals committed three outfield errors in the span of two batters in the sixth, two on the same play by Sierra with a fielding error and a throwing error, and a dropped fly ball by Fowler, leading to an unearned run … Harrison Bader hit his 18th homer for Memphis on Monday night.

Looking ahead: Michael Wacha will get the start in the second game of the series on Tuesday night while Rafael Montero will start for the Mets.