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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Cards 3, Mets 0

By Adam Rubin

NEW YORK -- Adam Wainwright delivered again in Queens as Mets bats remained quiet.

Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings thanks to Matt Holliday reaching over the wall to take away a homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Mets, 3-0, Tuesday night at Citi Field.

Wainwright did depart after only 79 pitches with a hyperextended right knee. He landed awkwardly after leaping while unsuccessfully attempting to field Chris Young's chopper on the right side. First baseman Matt Adams made the play to complete the seventh and Wainwright gingerly walked off the field.

Wainwright was coming off a two-hit shutout of the Washington Nationals in his previous outing.

The Mets (10-10) slipped back to .500 with the defeat.

Gee fizz: Dillon Gee pitched fine, but not well enough to match Wainwright.

Gee surrendered a two-run single to Jon Jay in the fourth that broke a scoreless tie, but it could have been worse. With the bases loaded and none out later that frame, Gee coaxed consecutive forceouts at the plate on grounders by Kolten Wong and Wainwright. Gee followed by striking out Matt Carpenter to hold the deficit at 2-0.

Mets pitchers nonetheless had their scoreless streak snapped at a season-high 20 innings.

Gee was coming off a near-flawless, 72-pitch effort against the Arizona Diamondbacks in which he tossed seven scoreless innings.

Gee’s final line against the Cards: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He threw 95 pitches (61 strikes).

Jose Valverde surrendered a ninth-inning run as the Cards opened a three-run lead.

Robbed: Holliday leaped at the left-field wall to take away a potential two-run homer from Chris Young in the fifth that would have evened the score at 2.

Bay watch: Curtis Granderson went 0-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. He is now hitless in 22 straight at-bats. That is a new career high, topping an 0-for-21 skid with the Detroit Tigers in 2006.

Snapped: David Wright lost a 12-game hitting streak with an 0-for-4 night that included striking out for the second out of the ninth with two runners on base

Debutant: Bobby Abreu made his debut as a pinch hitter leading off the bottom of the ninth. He flied out to left field. Terry Collins indicated Abreu is expected to start Thursday for the first time with the club.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (0-2, 2.84 ERA) opposes right-hander Michael Wacha (2-1, 1.73) at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday.