Game Report: Mets 7, Cardinals 3

One night after Michael Wacha pitched the first complete game and shutout of his career, Mike Leake had one of the shortest starts since he has been in the majors.

Leake lasted just 2 innings and gave up all seven Mets runs as the Cardinals lost in New York.

It was Leake’s shortest start since pitching 1 2/3 innings, also against the Mets, on Sept. 24, 2013. He also had a 1 2/3 inning start in 2012, both when he was with the Reds.
It was the second time in his last three starts Leake has allowed at least seven runs.
The loss kept the Cardinals from reaching .500 for the first time since June 2.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate:
The Cardinals scored their runs after pulling several of the regulars when they were trailing 7-0. Magneuris Sierra had three hits, including a two-run single in the eighth after the first run scored on a double by Luke Voit in the seventh … The Cardinals got the tying run to the plate in the eighth after Adam Wainwright drew a pinch-hit walk to load the bases, but Voit struck out … Matt Carpenter’s streak of reaching base ended at 21 consecutive games after he was pulled in the fifth. He flew out in both of his at-bats … A single by Leake in the third gave the Cardinals a combined five-game hitting streak for their pitching staff.

On the mound:
Only four of the Mets’ runs were earned as three of the runs which scored in the second inning were unearned because of a throwing error charged to Jedd Gyorko when there was confusion among Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong about who was covering second … The 10 hits for the Mets in the first two innings equaled the most allowed by Leake in a game this season … Leake has only one win since May 24 … The bullpen turned in six shutout innings, three of them by John Brebbia in his first appearance since the All-Star break. Brebbia gave up only one hit.

Key stat:
Leake had allowed a total of four runs in the first inning in his 18 starts this season before giving up three to the Mets.

Worth noting: After going a combined 0-of-18 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, the Mets were 6-of-11 on Wednesday night … Wainwright was also the last Cardinals pitcher to draw a walk as a pinch-hitter, doing so on Aug. 19, 2012 … Randal Grichuk played his first game for Springfield on Wednesday night as he tries to come back from a strain of his lower back. He hit a three-run homer but was hitless in his other three at-bats, striking out twice … Carson Kelly hit his 10th homer, a career high, in Memphis’ game at Oklahoma City.

Looking ahead:
The two teams will close out the four-game series with a day game on Thursday, which begins at 11:10 a.m. St. Louis time. Lance Lynn will pitch against Seth Lugo.