Cards edge MetsMay 16, 2013 - 6:35 AM St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Daniel Descalso scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals past the New York Mets, 4-2, in the third of a four-game set at Busch Stadium.
With runners on the corners and two outs, reliever Scott Rice bounced a sinker past catcher John Buck, allowing Descalso to score from third.
Jon Jay, Tony Cruz and Yadier Molina had an RBI apiece for the Cardinals, who have taken the first three games of the series.
Seth Maness (3-0) earned the win despite giving up a two-run homer to Rick Ankiel in the seventh inning, and Edward Mujica picked up his 11th save of the season after spinning a perfect ninth.
Starter Shelby Miller worked 5 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing four hits and one walk while striking out six. Miller, who had retired 27-straight hitters in his previous start, saw his streak reach 29 batters until giving up a single to David Wright in the first inning.
"It was a battle out there for me," Miller said. "The fastball command wasn't nearly as good as it was the last start. I was leaving it up in the zone, which raised my pitch count up through the first three innings. I got away with some mistakes."
Shaun Marcum (0-4) was tagged for three runs -- two earned -- on five hits over 6 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
The Cards scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning. With one on and two outs, Jay ripped a double to right field, scoring Matt Holliday. Cruz followed with a base hit to left to bring Jay around.
Ankiel's two-run shot in the seventh evened the score. Buck singled before Ankiel clubbed his sixth homer of the season -- and first with the Mets -- into the seats in left-center.
"They've got good pitching. Don't let anybody kid you," New York manager Terry Collins said. "They've got real good pitching, and they come out of that bullpen roaring. So they're tough to beat. And when they're swinging like they're swinging, they're real tough to beat."
St. Louis will send Adam Wainwright to the mound Thursday as the Cardinals look to complete a four-game sweep. New York will counter with Jonathan Niese ... St. Louis was out-hit 7-6 ... The Mets went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.
- NEW YORK: 2
ST. LOUIS: 4
May 15 11:23 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Yadier Molina single to right scoring Matt Holliday with two outs. On the play, Allen Craig advances to third. Runners on first and third and Daniel Descalso due up.
Mets 2, Cardinals 4 Bot 8, 2 OutsMay 15 11:14 PM
- Daniel Descalso scoring on a wild pitch with two outs.Pete Kozma advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Ty Wigginton at the plate.
Mets 2, Cardinals 3 Bot 7, 2 OutsMay 15 10:51 PM
- Rick Ankiel two-run Home Run (1) to center scoring John Buck with one out. Ruben Tejada due up.
Mets 2, Cardinals 2 Top 7, 1 OutMay 15 10:31 PM
- Tony Cruz single to left scoring Jon Jay with two outs. Runner on first and Daniel Descalso due up.
Mets 0, Cardinals 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 15 9:47 PM
- Jon Jay double to center scoring Matt Holliday with two outs. Jay advances to third on David Wright's error. Runner on third with two outs and Tony Cruz due up.
Mets 0, Cardinals 1 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 15 9:45 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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