Wong double the difference as Cards edge Mets
Kolten Wong’s go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night capped a two-run go-ahead rally by the St. Louis Cardinals, who edged the New York Mets 5-4 at Citi Field.
The Cardinals (54-47) won two of three from the Mets (53-47) to remain a game behind the Miami Marlins in the race for the National League’s second wild card.
New York has alternated wins with losses in the first 12 games following the All-Star Break.
Jedd Gyorko began the comeback by drawing a one-out walk against Mets right-hander Jeurys Familia (2-2). Yadier Molina followed with a game-tying RBI single to score pinch-runner Randal Grichuk. Molina was thrown out at third on a comebacker by pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker, who stole second and trotted home on a double down the third base line by Wong.
The blown save ended a streak of 52 straight regular season saves by Familia dating back to last Aug. 1. He did blow three saves in the World Series.
Jonathan Broxton (3-2) earned the win with a one-hit eighth while Seung Hwan Oh notched his sixth save with a perfect ninth.
Matt Holliday had a two-run double in the third, when Matt Adams followed with an RBI double. Aledmys Diaz had two hits.
The Mets took a 4-3 lead in the seventh, when Travis d’Arnaud scored on a wild pitch and Yoenis Cespedes hit a long two-run homer.Neil Walker had three singles — including an RBI hit in the second — and drew a walk in four plate appearances for the Mets. Cespedes, d’Arnaud and James Loney all had two hits apiece.
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright gave up the four runs on 11 hits and one walk while striking out four over 6 2/3 innings. The 11 hits allowed tied a season-high.Mets right-hander Logan Verrett allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out seven.
NOTES: Mets 3B Jose Reyes (left side) sat out his second straight game and was not expected to be available for Thursday afternoon’s series opener against the Colorado Rockies. Both Reyes and manager Terry Collins are confident a disabled list stint will not be necessary. Reyes was injured in the first game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. … With Reyes out, INF Wilmer Flores played third base and started against a right-hander for only the second time since Reyes rejoined the Mets July 5. … Cardinals 1B/OF Brandon Moss (sprained left ankle) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Thursday. Moss has been out since July 5. … Due to Tuesday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals do not have a starter listed for Saturday or Sunday. One possibility is RHP Alex Reyes, the club’s top prospect who was pulled after throwing 57 pitches for Triple-A Memphis on Tuesday.